Following this week’s reveal of the Xbox Series S, Microsoft has released a video giving us a detailed look of the console’s insides.
The smaller and less powerful sibling of the monolithic Xbox Series X, the S will be releasing on the same day – 10th November – but at a much lower price point: just £250/$300. It’s designed to play all the same next-gen games as the Series X, just at a lower resolution. Where the Series X targets 4K resolution, the Series S is designed for 1440p, though still supports up to 120FPS.
The new video from Microsoft, which you can watch below, gives a detailed breakdown of the console’s specifications, as well as highlighting some of its advanced features. We see it loading The Outer Worlds, for example: a process that takes 53 seconds on an Xbox One S, but takes just 12 seconds on Xbox Series S. The video also discusses the console’s Quick Resume feature, allowing multiple games to be played and suspended at once. These features will also be present in the Xbox Series X, of course.
In terms of specification, here’s what you can expect from the Xbox Series S:
- All digital – there’s no disc drive in the console
- Same 8-core Zen 2 CPU architecture as the Xbox Series X, running at 3.6GHz and 3.4GHz with simultaneous multithreading
- Less powerful GPU than the Xbox Series X: targets 1440p rather than 4K. Supports up to 120fps
- Advanced hardware scaler to scale to 4K
- Direct-X ray tracing and variable rate shading
- 10GB GDDR6 RAM
- Xbox velocity architecture – same custom NVME SSD as the Xbox Series X (but 512GB instead of 1TB)
- Sampler feedback streaming – loads only the textures needed in a scene as they’re visible
Watch the video for yourself below. Needless to say, we’re very excited about the prospect of Xbox Series S. Next-gen power at a low price point could indeed be a gamechanger – and we’re more excited for 10th November than ever.