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How Different Is the Xbox Series S From the Xbox Series X?

Irene Hawkins

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Now that Microsoft has confirmed the Xbox Series X’s cheaper and smaller cousin, the Series S, let’s look at how both next-gen consoles stack up to each other. Both consoles play all the same games, but the Series X should be more powerful. 

If you’re looking to save money on a next-gen console, you could check out the Series S. The Xbox Series S costs only $300, while the Series X costs $500.  

The Xbox Series X vs. Xbox Series S: CPU

You can check out the Series S’ specs on the Xbox website. In terms of CPU power, both consoles have similar specs. Both consoles run on a Custom AMD Zen 2 CPU. However, the Series X’s CPU runs at 3.8 GHz or 3.66 GHz with Simultaneous Multithreading.

On the other hand, the Series S runs at 3.6 GHz or 3.4 GHz with Simultaneous Multithreading. 

The Xbox Series X vs. Xbox Series S: Internal Storage

The Xbox Series X can store 1TB worth of games on its Custom NVME SSD, with writing speeds of either 2.4 GB/s for raw files or 4.8 GB/s for compressed ones. Meanwhile, Series S takes a big hit for storage. The console can only store 512GB worth of games. However, the Series S has the same writing speed as Series X. 

The Xbox Series X vs. Xbox Series S: Performance

In terms of performance, the Xbox Series X overtakes the Series S. The flagship Xbox targets a native 4K resolution, running games at 60 FPS, and even up to 120 FPS. In comparison, the Series S only targets a native 1440p resolution. However, both consoles can run games at 60 FPS.

The Xbox Series S will come to stores on November 10. 

Irene grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and now lives in New York as a full-time environmentalist and a part-time journalist. She was previously an editor at local online newspaper, where she wrote about topics including technology, finance and the media industry.

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