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Microsoft Xbox Series S

Microsoft Xbox Series S
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Microsoft Xbox Series S review: specs and price

The Xbox Series S is a fantastic upgrade to those coming from the last generation of consoles, providing many of the benefits of the more-powerful Xbox Series X but at a lower price point. It has an 8-core CPU clocked at 3.5 GHz, 10GB of GDDR6 RAM, and a 1.57 GHz GPU with 20 compute units (CUs) that delivers 4 TFLOPS of floating-point performance.

If all of that sounds a bit confusing, it’s worth looking at the last generation console from Microsoft — the Xbox One — which had an 853 MHz GPU with 12 CUs that provided just 1.31 TFLOPS of graphics power.

One of the key differences between the Xbox Series S and the Xbox Series X is that the Series S renders games at 1440p resolution. This smart move by Microsoft means that next-gen games can be played with the same benefits as the Series X, such as ray tracing (a light rendering technique that provides beautiful, realistic lighting), despite it being much less powerful. Put simply, if you don’t have a 4K TV and are happy playing in 1440p resolution, the Xbox Series S is a great choice. It also lacks the Series X’s disc drive, but again, if this isn’t a feature you need then the cheaper Series S could be perfect for you.

Microsoft Xbox Series S

Why is Microsoft Xbox Series S better than the average?

  • CPU speed
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    8 x 3.6GHzvs5.53GHz
  • Floating-point performance
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    4 TFLOPSvs1.03 TFLOPS
  • RAM
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    10GBvs4.92GB
  • Memory bandwidth
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    224GB/svs146.59GB/s
  • GPU clock speed
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    1565MHzvs714.58MHz
  • Shading units
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    1280vs955
  • Number of controllers
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    8vs3.96
  • Render output units (ROPs)
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    32vs21.47

Price comparison

User reviews

Overall Rating

Microsoft Xbox Series S
8.7
18 User reviews
Microsoft Xbox Series S
8.7/10
18 User reviews

Features

Quality of exclusive games

8.3/10
18 votes

Backwards compatibility

8.5/10
17 votes

Controller

8.8/10
18 votes

Non-gaming apps

7.9/10
18 votes

Quiet operation

8.3/10
18 votes

Comments

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Катюня

11 months ago

10 / 10

Лучше быстрее сильнее!

Катюня

Катюня

11 months ago

10 / 10

3 users found this helpful
syed

syed

2 months ago

10 / 10

it is tiny but mighty!!!!

syed

syed

2 months ago

10 / 10

it is so tiny for an console and yet strong! and apparently it is quicks and a quiet assassin and I have played on both consoles on the pro and the series s and with the s I had a better experience.

3 users found this helpful
enter

enter

10 months ago

10 / 10

Good for its price

enter

enter

10 months ago

10 / 10

2 users found this helpful

Performance

CPU speed

8 x 3.6GHz

The CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second can be executed by a CPU, considering all of its cores (processing units). It is calculated by adding the clock rates of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors employing different microarchitectures, of each group of cores.
Floating-point performance is a measurement of the raw processing power of the GPU.
RAM

10GB

Random-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.
The graphics processing unit (GPU) has a higher clock speed.
supports ray tracing
Microsoft Xbox Series S
Ray tracing is an advanced light rendering technique that provides more realistic lighting, shadows, and reflections in games.
I/O throughput refers to the bandwidth of the internal storage. Storage that supports faster data transmission speeds results in quicker load times.
Newer versions of GDDR memory offer improvements such as higher transfer rates that give increased performance.
Is an NVMe SSD
Microsoft Xbox Series S
NVMe SSDs use the PCIe interface, which has a higher bandwidth than the SATA interface. This results in much faster read/write speeds compared to SSDs which use the SATA interface.
A higher memory bandwidth means the memory can be accessed faster and therefore data can be retrieved quicker, having a positive effect on the performance.

General info

Type

Home

The type of game console.
The resolution represents the amount of pixels that make up the image. It is a key indicator of image quality, with higher resolutions providing sharper and more detailed images.
Hard drive is replaceable
Microsoft Xbox Series S
The internal hard drive can be replaced by the user, for example if you wish to upgrade to a larger storage capacity.
Has an internal power supply
Microsoft Xbox Series S
Devices with an internal power supply are desirable as they don't require a large external "power brick" on the cable. It’s more aesthetically pleasing and an advantage if you have limited space.
The internal storage refers to the built-in storage space available in a device for system data, apps, and user-generated data. With a large amount of internal storage, you can save more files and apps on your device.
Is region free
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Region free devices allow you to play games from different continents. This enables you to collect a larger game library, and you could play games before they are released in your region.
thickness

63.5mm

The thickness (or depth) of the product.
width

151mm

The width represents the horizontal dimension of the product.
height

275mm

The height represents the vertical dimension of the product.

Connectivity

has a socket for a 3.5 mm audio jack
Microsoft Xbox Series S
With a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
supports Wi-Fi
Microsoft Xbox Series S
The device can connect to Wi-Fi.
is DLNA-certified
Microsoft Xbox Series S
All DLNA-certified products are compatible with one another. When different devices are connected to the same network, data can be transferred easily between them.
With more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.
supports Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
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Wi-Fi 6, released in 2019, is based on the IEEE 802.11ax wireless LAN standard. Designed to operate in all frequency bands between 1 and 6 GHz, it offers higher data rates and lower latency compared to previous Wi-Fi technologies.
supports Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Microsoft Xbox Series S
802.11ac wireless works on the 5GHz frequency range. It offers higher transfer rates, improved reliability, and improved power consumption. It provides advantages for gaming and HD video streaming.
supports Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)
Microsoft Xbox Series S
Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors – a, b, and g.
has an HDMI output
Microsoft Xbox Series S
Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
HDMI version

HDMI 2.1

Newer versions of HDMI support higher bandwidth, which allows for higher resolutions and frame rates.

Features

Consoles which have more games offer more choice to the user. It is also an indicator of how popular a console is.
number of exclusive games

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Exclusive games are only available to that game console producer.
has voice commands
Microsoft Xbox Series S
You can use your voice to control key functions of the device and you can easily access your device without pushing any button.
backwards compatibility
Microsoft Xbox Series S
With backwards compatibility, you can play games from the previous generation (or several generations) of console.
Can play games while they download
Microsoft Xbox Series S
This means you don’t have to wait for the entire game to download first, as the later stages of the game download while you are playing.
supports quick resume
Microsoft Xbox Series S
Quick resume is a feature that allows you to switch between several running games with practically zero loading times.
supports Discord voice chat
Microsoft Xbox Series S
It supports Discord Voice, allowing you to chat with people on other platforms such as PC and mobile.
Supports 3D audio
Microsoft Xbox Series S
3D audio provides a more immersive soundscape than traditional surround sound technologies, allowing you to pinpoint the exact direction that sounds are coming from.
has a Dolby Vision-capable display
Microsoft Xbox Series S
The display supports Dolby Vision, which is an HDR format that supports greater color depth and brightness than HDR10/HDR10+. It uses dynamic metadata so that each frame can have its own settings for contrast, brightness, and colors, which results in lifelike images.

Controllers

More controllers allows you to have more people playing at a time.
has adaptive triggers
Microsoft Xbox Series S
Special motors in the controller can adjust the tension of the trigger buttons, adding to the feeling of immersion. For example, the triggers can become harder to press down as a player’s character sprints and becomes fatigued.
A motion controller is a type of game controller that utilizes sensors (such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, and other types of sensors) to track motion and provide input.
Has a wireless controller
Microsoft Xbox Series S
The device controllers connect to the console wirelessly, allowing for a tangle free gaming experience.
The more analog sticks, the more complex the input can be.
has an integrated touchpad
Microsoft Xbox Series S
With a touchpad, users can control the device by moving their finger on a touch-sensitive surface.
Has dual force feedback
Microsoft Xbox Series S
With dual force feedback the controller has realistic vibrations, allowing you to feel the direction from which the impact is coming.
controller weight

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A lighter controller puts less strain on the hands while playing.
number of buttons

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value.

The more buttons the device has, the more complex the input can be.

Miscellaneous

pixel rate

50.08 GPixel/s

The number of pixels that can be rendered to the screen every second.
TMUs take textures and map them to the geometry of a 3D scene. More TMUs will typically mean that texture information is processed faster.
The memory clock speed is one aspect that determines the memory bandwidth.
The effective memory clock speed is calculated from the size and data rate of the memory. Higher clock speeds can give increased performance in games and other apps.
This is the maximum rate that data can be read from or stored into memory.
A wider bus width means that it can carry more data per cycle. It is an important factor of memory performance, and therefore the general performance of the graphics card.
A higher transistor count generally indicates a newer, more powerful processor.
texture rate

125.2 GTexels/s

The number of textured pixels that can be rendered to the screen every second.

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