The Xbox Series X and S first launched in November 2020, just two days before the PlayStation 5, and gamers around the world were torn.
Many have chosen sides since then, but if you’re still looking to upgrade your last gen consoles and not make your pockets bleed you might want to keep reading.
Getting your hands on next gen consoles has been hard enough and with the PlayStation 5’s £30 price hike Sony is not making it any easier for those unsure what to get.
The company blamed the price rise on the ‘current global economic environment’ though it failed to note that economic instability is also affecting its customers’ pockets.
On the other hand, although the Xbox Series X hasn’t increased in price, it might mark up your energy bill if you leave it on standby mode, rather than switching it off.
How much does the Xbox Series S cost?
The Xbox Series S has a price tag of just £249.99, not counting game bundles and other deals that retailers might have from time to time.
By comparison, the Xbox Series X is £449.99 and the PlayStation 5 is now £479.99, so the X Series S price only does half the damage.
Even when compared to the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – which, like the Series S, doesn’t have a disc drive – there’s still a measurable difference, since it has also had a price rise to £389.99.
What is the difference between the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X?
In most respects the Xbox Series S can do all the same things as the Xbox Series X, including running the same games, but it doesn’t have a disc drive, so all games have to be bought and played digitally. Which can be a pain as its hard drive is half the size of the 1TB Xbox Series X.
The Xbox Series S is less powerful than the Series X but the only way you can tell is because it can’t run games at a native 4K resolution. Since you need a 4K TV for that anyway though, that doesn’t make any difference for many people.
In any case, there are a few exceptions, such as Ori And The Will of the Wisps, and most games can be upscaled to 4K, which lessens the difference even more.
The Xbox Series S is the smallest console Microsoft has ever made and is almost 60% smaller than the chunkier Xbox Series X. So, if you don’t have much space in your room or you want to take it everywhere with you, it’s the obvious choice.
It also requires less power and generates less heat, so it’s less of a strain on your energy bills compared to both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
What games can you play on the Xbox Series S?
The Xbox Series S can play exactly the same games as the Xbox Series X, just with the resolution restrictions mentioned abvoe.
The all digital approach of the Xbox Series S might put off game collectors, but when paired with an Xbox Game Pass subscription there are hundreds of new and last gen games to play.
The Xbox Series S includes the entire backward compatible list of Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox games – many of which are enhanced from their original release.
This is the best value for money combo for players who are looking for a cost-conscious gaming setup but are also fine with compromising on other aspects.
Why you should and shouldn’t buy the Xbox Series S
To sum everything up, you should buy the Xbox Series S if you:
- Want to experience next gen gaming but don’t want to bankrupt yourself in terms of the price and energy usage.
- Are happy not being able to use discs for either games or movies.
- Don’t have a 4K TV or just generally don’t care about resolution.
On the other hand, you should go the extra mile to get a console like the Xbox Series X that has less compromises:
- Prefer collecting physical copies of games.
- Insist on the absolute best graphical quality, especially when it comes to resolution.
- Play so many games at once you’ll quickly fill up the smaller Xbox Series S hard drive.
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