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Xbox Series S differences vs X, suggested specs and everything else we know so far

The next-gen console will be cheaper and smaller than the Xbox Series X – but will play all the same Xbox Series games.

Though Xbox Series S specs have yet to be confirmed, it will offer many of the same features – suggesting comparable hardware inside.

Xbox Series S feature differences vs Series X

The Xbox Series X is the cheaper counterpart to the Xbox Series X, one designed to play the same games and offer many of the same features.

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Here are the key differences we know about so far:

  • Smaller form factor (around 60% smaller than the Xbox Series X console design)
  • Digital only (Xbox Series X will feature a disc drive for 4K Blu-rays)
  • Games running up to 1440p resolution and 120 FPS, with 4K upscaling for games (Xbox Series X will support up to 4K and 8K native)
  • 512GB custom SSD solution (Xbox Series X is double at 1TB)

Xbox Series S will support many of the same next-gen Xbox features – including DirectX ray tracing, variable rate shading, variable refresh rate, ultra-low latency response time, and 4K media streaming support. And yes, it’ll also support Xbox Game Pass.

All of these were confirmed in a leaked video by _h0x0d_ on Twitter:

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Xbox Series S suggested specs and other differences we don’t know so far

The question is, without knowing the Xbox Series S specs, how different will games look and run between that and the more powerful Series X?

From what we know so far, there will be a GPU difference which means lower resolutions; according to our own Digital Foundry, the Series X likely to land at 4TF, versus the 12TF GPU of the Series X.

This will mean “the same next-gen games but at 1080p / 1440p resolution”:

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Whether there are any other visual differences is unknown – but with the long list of next-gen versions from ray tracing to variable visual options also supported, it suggests games will be broadly be the same as seen on Series X, just at a lower resolution.

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Interested in learning more about Microsoft’s next-gen plans?

Here is everything we know about Xbox Series S vs X, the full set of confirmed Xbox Series X specs and features and the console design, size, dimensions and ports, the Xbox Series controller and confirmed Xbox Series games, including those which support Xbox Smart Delivery.

The Xbox Series line of consoles will also support the ongoing library of Xbox Game Pass games.


Beyond Xbox Series S specs, we are also waiting on confirmation on:

  • Quick Resume support (with “seamless game switching” in the initial Series S leak, and the same SSD technology, this is likely)
  • Confirmed ports (the Series X console design offers two ‘superspeed’ USB on the back, a Toslink audio port, Kensington lock and Ethernet adapter)
  • SSD expansion card support (with the lower 512GB SSD built into the Xbox Series X, this is almost certain)
  • Xbox backwards compatibility support differences (whether it’ll improve previous generation games to the same degree as the Series X is unknown)
  • Support for all previous Xbox One accessories (again, almost certain – and there’s no reason when it comes to specs or the hardware why they wouldn’t be any differences)

Additionally, beyond the Xbox Series S and X themselves, whether the respective Xbox Series controller colours will be sold separately has yet to be fully confirmed; for now the white controller has been leaked, so those going for an Xbox Series X will have the option of that at least!

Want to know what you can play on the new console? Our page on confirmed Xbox Series X games and Xbox Game Pass games can help.



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