With the Xbox Series S pre-order info out in the wild, it’s time to take a look at everything you need to know about the next generation of gaming, from the Xbox Series S pre-order info and specs to what’s coming in 2020.
The Xbox Series S is to launch at a $299 price-point. To put that shockingly low price in perspective, the PS4 came in at $399 at launch while the Xbox One cost a beefy $499. Interestingly, the Xbox Series X comes in at the same price as the Xbox One at $499.
What’s not clear at this point is whether Microsoft is making any money on each unit sold. At this price, and given the power of the Xbox Series S, it’s hard to imagine the house of Master Chief is making much, if anything per unit sold.
According to the spec sheet, the Series S will boast 4K upscaling and 4K media playback, DirectX ray tracing, support for 120 frames-per-second at 1440p, and a custom 512GB NVME SSD.
The custom NVME SSD is going to be the deal-maker. Given Microsoft has stated true next-gen games won’t hit the Xbox Series S or Series X for a couple of years, the custom SSD tech is where many will notice a huge leap.
SSDs, in general, speed up both the operating system along with load times. The custom SSDs in both the Xbox Series S and Series X consoles should drastically reduce load times and increase start-up times.
With all that out of the way, let’s take a look at what the differences are between the two versions of the new Xbox console along with where you can pre-order this year’s must-have gift.
Xbox Series S Pre-Order Info
Both Xbox consoles opened on September 22 at 8:00 am PDT/11:00 am EDT. If you’re shopping with Amazon, head here to secure your pre-order or check out that handy link at the top of the page.
Moving on, the next question has to be should you pre-order? In short, yes. Absolutely!
Normally with games, even more so with digital games, pre-ordering is only really worthwhile if you want the free stuff that comes with the game. With consoles, things change. You won’t normally net anything extra for pre-ordering, but it will guarantee you a console at launch.
Or looking at it another way, if you’re a parent, it’ll guarantee your child gets what they want for Christmas. Just be sure to hide it somewhere they don’t go. Like the shower.
I’d also keep in mind things are a little hectic in the real world right now. So if you want to save yourself a headache later on, pre-ordering early is the smart option.
What Is Xbox All-Access?
There are also makes note of financing options for both Xbox consoles ranging from $25 per month for the Series S and $35 per month for the Series X. That deal also nets you access to Microsoft subscription service GamePass Ultimate, which lets the user play from a selection of games each month and grants access to online gaming through Xbox Live.
Both consoles are set to release on November 10, 2020, with the Xbox Series X expected to come in at $499.
How Much Will Xbox Series S Cost?
The Xbox Series S is set to cost $299 upon release.
When Will Xbox Series S Be Released?
Microsoft has stated the Xbox Series S will release alongside the Xbox Series X on November 10, 2020.
What’s the Difference Between Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X
Confusing naming conventions aside, there are some differences to keep in mind when you’re considering a pre-order.
Although Microsoft is yet to release all the info, the Series S features a smaller SSD at just 512GB compared with the Series X’s 1TB SSD. Not only that, the Series S is an all-digital console, meaning it doesn’t feature a disc drive. Oh, and it’s 60 percent smaller. It should fit neatly in your TV cabinet.
While many have pointed out 512GB of storage will fill up quickly (Call of Duty Modern Warfare on current-gen hardware clocks in at 100GB!), what we’re still waiting to hear about is whether the custom SSD can be upgraded as is the case with the Xbox One and Xbox One X (note: not to be confused with Xbox Series X – urgh!). It also begs the question about whether USB SSDs or HDDs will be compatible with Series S.
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