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Xbox One S vs Xbox Series S

What’s the difference between the Xbox Series S and the Xbox One S? These consoles may have similar names and appear very similar at first glance, making them easily confused. However, there are distinctions between the Xbox Series S and the Xbox One S. So, in order to avoid making the wrong decision about whether to buy a Series S or stick with a One S,

Both consoles are excellent entry points into the Xbox universe. But which one is best for you? Depending on your needs, there’s a case to be made for either one. Let’s look at the main differences between the two.

The Xbox Series S has a 1440p resolution that can be upscaled to 4K at 120fps and includes graphical features like ray tracing. Although it is not as powerful as Microsoft’s flagship Xbox Series X, it is a next-generation console. Meanwhile, the Xbox One S isn’t nearly as powerful. However, its low price point makes it a good buy if the Xbox Series S is out of your price range.

I’ve had the opportunity to spend a significant amount of time with both options. That means I can finally tell you which one is better for you; both the Xbox Series S and Xbox One S have comparable price points, though the Xbox One S is expected to drop in price over time.The Xbox Series S costs £250 and is the most affordable next-generation console available.

The Xbox One S has been on the market for a while, having debuted on August 2, 2016. Its price remains stable at £249, but it can frequently be found for much less, especially during sales events such as Black Friday or second-hand/refurbished. Once again, we expect the Xbox One S to drop in price now that the Xbox Series S is available.

The specifications are where the two consoles differ. The Xbox Series S is Microsoft’s more affordable next-generation console, and while it cannot compete with the Xbox Series X in terms of pure technical prowess, it is a significant improvement over the Xbox One S. Here are the key Xbox Series S specifications you should be aware of.

CPU: eight-core AMD 7nm custom 3.6GHz (3.4GHz with SMT)

4 teraflops at 1.550GHz GPU

10 GB GDDR6 RAM

Framerate: Up to 120 fps.

Resolution: 1440p with 4K upscaling.

Optical: No disc drive.

512GB NVMe SSD storage

The Xbox Series S is much smaller (only slightly smaller than the original PS2), but it packs a lot of punch. The console will have a 1440p resolution and be capable of 120fps gaming. Though its GPU is significantly less powerful than that of the Xbox Series X, it is equipped with a nearly identical CPU and 10GB of GDDR6 RAM. That’s less than the Xbox Series X’s 16GB, but it’s a lot more than the Xbox One S, which only has 8GB of GDDR3.

The Verdict: If you want a new next-generation Xbox console with a powerful GPU, SSD, and the size of a small laptop and be able to play some really high-end games, then the Series S is right for you. However, the Xbox Series S is also excellent, much cheaper if you get it from the right seller, and it does the job well enough.

<< Before you leave, why not READ: “Should you upgrade your Xbox One with an SSD?”

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