The original version of this Xbox Series S review was published on November 5, 2020.The Xbox Series S is one of the most odd gaming consoles I’ve seen in recent memory, and it’s worth noting.
As a result, it’s a less priced and less powerful version of Microsoft’s flagship Xbox Series X system – the type of thing you’d expect to see after a console’s first few years on the market, such as the Wii Mini or the PS2 Slim.
So here it is: a sleek, white box that launches on the exact same day as its larger, beefier sibling while being much smaller in size.
Because it costs $300 instead of $500, the Xbox Series S is significantly more affordable than the Xbox Series X. However, money is never a guarantee of quality or value.
Given the fact that it is hard to predict what will happen in the future, I am cautiously enthusiastic about the Series S after putting it through its paces. No, it does not have the same processing capability as the Xbox Series X.
From the standpoint of performance, storage, backwards compatibility, and media, its hardware constrains what it can accomplish. In spite of this, it’s still a really powerful console with an incredible number of games to choose from – not to mention that it plays streaming media with ease, so it won’t take up too much space in your home.
Affordability and cost
There are several ways to enter into the current generation of video games for less than $300. The Xbox Series S is one among them. As a bonus, it’s much easier to locate in stock than an Xbox Series X replacement.
With the Xbox All Access membership service, you can acquire an Xbox Series S for less than $300 if you don’t want to buy it outright. A 24-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership with access to the Xbox Cloud Gaming streaming service cost $25 a month.
This gives you access to the console and a large library of titles.It’s worth noting that Xbox is said to be releasing new hardware this year, so keep an eye out for that.
Pros and Cons
- Fantastic game selection
- Smooth performance
- Sleek, quiet design
- Relatively inexpensive
- Not very future-proof
- Graphics and storage limitations
Taking the Xbox Series S out of the box was an eye-opening experience. In comparison to the PS5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, and Xbox One, the new system measures 10.8 x 5.9 x 2.5 inches. A lot more games can be played on this device, which is roughly the same size as the Wii U.)
The review of the Xbox One S Tom’s Guide has a picture of a giraffe.In contrast to the rest of the frame, the top of the console features a round black vent that adds visual interest.
Regardless of how you position it, it has rubber feet on one of the horizontal surfaces and one of the vertical surfaces.
Despite the fact that “the console is so small,” it astonished me how much of a difference the Series S’s size made.
Despite the fact that my entertainment centre is already overflowing with technology, I was able to squeeze in the Series S with ease.
In my bedroom, between a large TV stand and a cluttered dresser, I slid it when I finished testing it. This device was reluctantly accepted even by my domestic partner, who has strong feelings against gaming consoles in the bedroom owing to their enormous size.
This is a basic port system like the Xbox Series X. A USB-A connector, a power button, and a pairing button are all located on the device’s front panel. Empty space covers the remainder of the front panel of the Series S, as there is no disc drive.
Another two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, an Ethernet port, and a power outlet may be found in this model’s rear. I was pleasantly surprised to see an Ethernet connector, considering that’s generally the first to go in lower-cost gadgets.
The same concern I had regarding the Xbox Series X applies here: there are no USB-C connections available. This appears to be a major omission for consoles that are meant to survive for the next five to seven years.
New gaming accessories that rely on USB-C dongles take use of USB-quicker C’s charging and data transfer rates. USB-C. For the time being, USB-A connectors will suffice, but the absence of USB-C ports is a significant omission.
If you’ve used the Xbox One’s UI, you’ve already used the Xbox Series S’s. That’s not me being evasive; it’s just an honest remark. Despite Microsoft’s recent updates to the Xbox shop, the user interface hasn’t altered much in years.
You’ll still see your most recent games and activities on the Home screen when you first turn on the system. You’ll still see the Store, Media, and Game Pass choices if you scroll down. Navigate through your games and applications by pressing the Xbox button on the controller.
You’ll be able to browse your whole library, get system notifications, manage your friends list, view your achievements, and so on.There’s little use in going into great detail about the Xbox Series S interface because you’ve probably already seen it (or something similar).
It’s not the most visually appealing interface, but once you get the hang of it, it gets you where you want to go quickly. As a bonus, if you’ve used the Xbox One recently, you’ll be able to jump straight in.
That’s what makes the Series S UI so great: it’s so consistent. Microsoft’s shop and Xbox applications for PCs and Androids have been completely redesigned in the last few months. The Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, Xbox PC software, and Xbox Android app all have a lot in common now. You will be able to access the Xbox environment from virtually everywhere, as Microsoft is constructing one.
With all due respect, the Xbox Series S is not quite as powerful as the Xbox Series X, at least in terms of processing power. To understand why, you need to know about the hardware specifications of the two consoles.
A 12-teraflops graphics processor, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage are included in the Series X model, whereas the Series S model has just 10GB of RAM and no disc drive at all.
Most Xbox Series X games will operate at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second, however rare titles may support resolutions up to 8K and frame rates up to 120 frames per second. Although the frame rate of 120 fps is theoretically achievable, the Xbox Series S is limited to 1440p for games.
Without going too detailed, the bottom line is that the Xbox Series S is far less powerful than the Series X, which is why it costs so much less. According on your setup and intended use, the Series S’ low specs may be an issue or even a non-issue.
Using three different methods, I was able to determine how effectively the Xbox One S Series performed. Gears 5, Maneater, Ori and the Will of the Wisps and Yakuza: Like a Dragon are all on Microsoft’s “optimised for Xbox X/S” list.
Microsoft guarantees that the Xbox Series S and Series X will have better lighting, texturing, frame rates, and other visual effects than the Xbox One versions of these titles.
In our Xbox Series S review, we examined how this sleek, accessible console might be exactly the ticket for young, casual or budget-minded gamers who want the latest and best games, but aren’t quite ready to take a $500 leap.
On the other end of the scale, if you’re intending to buy an Xbox Series X (or already have a strong gaming PC), the Series S makes a wonderful backup console for a bedroom or office, particularly since your library and save data can travel with you everywhere.
The Xbox Series S is too specialised to recommend to everyone. If you have a high-end 4K TV, you’re arguably better off with the Xbox Series X — particularly because with lesser hardware, the Series S may be less suited to play next-gen titles as they grow more demanding in the coming several years.
The lack of a disc drive limits its backwards compatibility, and its hard drive will fill up quite rapidly. Still, if those concerns aren’t dealbreakers, you can buy an awful lot of games with the $200 you’ll save.