It’s been nearly six month since Microsoft revealed detailed specs for the Xbox Series X game console. Now the company has also revealed the price, release date, and… a cheaper model called the Xbox Series S.

The new game consoles go up for pre-order September 22, 2020 for $499 and $299, respectively. And they should be widely available starting November 10, 2020.

The Xbox Series X is a powerful new game console with support for 4K gaming, ray tracing, and a speedy SSD for quicker game loading, among other things. But if you’re willing to sacrifice a few features, the Xbox Series S has many of the same advantages at a lower price (and smaller size).

It has an SSD, support for USB 3.2 hard drives, and an AMD octa-core processor based on Zen 2 CPU architecture. But the Series S has a less powerful GPU, less RAM, and half the storage space. It also lacks a Blu-ray drive since it’s designed to be a digital-only device.

Microsoft says the Xbox Series S won’t be able to handle 4K gaming, but it can play 4K video and supports gaming at resolutions up to 1440p.

Here’s a comparison of the specs for each of Microsoft’s upcoming game systems:

Xbox Series XXbox Series S
Processor8x Zen 2 Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen8x Zen 2 Cores @ 3.6 GHz (3.4 GHz w/ SMT) Custom
GraphicsAMD RDNA 12.15 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHzAMD RDNA 4 TFLOPS, 20 CUs @ 1.565 GHz
Memory16 GB GDDR610 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth10 GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s8 GB @ 224 GB/s, 2GB @ 56 GB/s
Internal Storage1 TB NVMe SSD512 GB NVMe SSD
I/O Throughput2.4 GB/s uncompressed, 4.8 GB/s compressed2.4 GB/s uncompressed, 4.8 GB/s compressed
Expandable Storage1 TB Expansion Card1 TB Expansion Card
External StorageUSB 3.2 (HDD Support)USB 3.2 (HDD Support)
Optical Drive4K UHD Blu-Ray DriveNone
Performance Target4K @ 60 FPS, up to 120 FPS1440p @ 60 FPS, up to 120 FPS
ColorMatte BlackRobot White, Black
Size301mm x 151mm x 151mm???
Release dateNovember 10, 2020November 10, 2020

Microsoft is also offering another way to pay for a next-gen game console: Xbox All Access is a subscription plan that bundles hardware and games/software: pay $25 per month over 24 months and you’ll get an Xbox Series S plus an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription with no money spent up front.

You’ll have to pay a bit more for a plan that includes the more powerful Xbox Series X, but Microsoft hasn’t revealed the pricing for that yet. Xbox All Access will be available in 12 countries at launch.

It’s unclear when Microsoft had originally planned to announce anything this week, but when Xbox Series S details began to leak earlier this week, the company had an unusual response – it confirmed the leaks and announced a price while promising more details would be coming soon.

The Xbox isn’t the only game console expected to launch this fall, but Sony has yet to announce pricing for its upcoming PlayStation 5 game console. Meanwhile Nintendo has reportedly stepped up production of its existing Switch game console in order to keep up with demand and is allegedly talking to game developers about adding support for 4K, lending a little more credibility to recent rumors that a 4K Switch is on the way.

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8 replies on “$299 Xbox One S and $499 Xbox One X coming in November (pre-order Sept 22)”

  1. I would like to put Windows 10 on the Xbox S and run steam games on it.

    1. I think it would be great if you could install Windows on these machines (cheaper than comparable tech in general, at least for now) but that would antagonize pc builders which wouldn’t be wise.

      1. Forget builders (I mean it’s not like Microsoft really cares), it would antagonize a ton of corporations.
        If Microsoft let people do that, it would crash the desktop PC market harder than anything has before. The likes of Dell, Asus, HP, Nvidia, Intel, PC component manufacturers, and probably a bunch of others, could all start to implode. It might even eat into AMD’s revenue, which would provide strong incentive for AMD to make Microsoft agree not to do that in the contract for the silicon.
        This is pure speculation. I am not a valid source for financial advice.

        1. I’ve been saying this forever. While it would be an absolute dream come true for consumers to run full windows on the series x/s, it would piss off every prebuilt PC company on the market

          A capable small formfactor gaming PC for only $300 would absolutely hurt those OEM’s business hard.

          And since Microsoft owns windows, they aren’t gonna do that. They need to keep a good relationship with them.

        2. Yeah, by builders I meant everyone including them (lenovo, dell, etc.) Not just boutique ships or whatnot (obviously M$ wouldn’t give two figs about them). Didn’t think of the AMD pay but it’s a valid point. But then again, depending on how much they make along to Microsoft for the xbox it could behoove them as it would bolster xbox sales if you could install Windows.

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