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Xbox Series S Review

Xbox Series S review

Indeed, the Xbox Series S is the smallest Xbox that was developed by Microsoft. Besides, it is also known as the Xbox that has lots of questions surrounding it. Without a doubt, Microsoft amazed people with the release of this smaller, affordable next-generation Xbox. Also, the Series S was created to play games at 1440p at 60 frames per second. At $299, the Xbox Series is an affordable, less powerful version of Microsoft’s flagship Xbox Series X. 

Xbox Series S Design 

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The Xbox Series S is very small and can adequately fit into any space. It measures 10.8 x 5.9 x 2.6 inches, making it much smaller than the Xbox Series X or Xbox One. 

Almost every part of the console is white but has a round black vent on top, which contrasts lightly with the other part of the frame. It has lots of ventilation, irrespective of the way you orient it, and it possesses rubber feet on the part of the horizontal surfaces and one of the vertical ones.

Xbox Series S Features 

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The Xbox Series S possesses a series of features that are undoubtedly attractive. The Head of Platform Engineering and Hardware for Xbox, Liz Hamren, stated that the Xbox Series S provides about “four times the processing power of an Xbox One console.” On paper, the figures are 4 TFLOPS of power for the Xbox Series S, compared with the 12.15 TFLOPS for the Series X. 

When it comes to the CPU aspect, the Series S is similar to Series X. However, not identical. The Xbox Series X makes use of an 8-Core AMD Zen 2 CPU working at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT enabled), while the Series S uses a similar CPU running at 3.6GHz (3.4GHz with SMT enabled).

A 20CU, 1.565GHz GPU powers the Xbox Series S. It doesn’t possess the same graphics grunt as its predecessor; it implies a massive difference in the consoles’ resolution. The Xbox Series S has been geared to output 1440p at 60Hz, about a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz. It can increase the picture to 4K to suit your 4K TV. However, you can’t see next-gen games in native 4K. With the Xbox Series X, you can play games in native 4K resolution (at up to 120Hz).

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Although, it’s still possible for you to enjoy refresh rates of up to 120Hz. Like the Series X, it also accurately supports VRR, variable-rate shading, and ray-tracing. With the Series S, you have a similar Quick Resume feature, so you can continue from where you left off only at the touch of a button, with a quicker SSD hard drive and a faster user experience. These imply that the Series S is a massive step up from the former generation Xbox One S.

It also possesses every of the streaming apps you may need, such as Disney+, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Sky Go, Spotify, and Apple TV.

Xbox Series S Performance 

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Although it’s GPU is not as potent as the one in the Xbox Series X, it can upscale games to 4K (similar to the Xbox One S) and can run games at 120fps at 1440p, but it will require an HDMI 2.1-compliant TV if you still want to maintain the resolution at 1440p. It also has the ability to ray trace and quickly loads games than ever due to Microsoft’s Xbox Velocity Architecture. 

Combine Velocity Architecture with the 10GB of GDDR6 memory and built-in SSD, and all these ensure that you possess all the makings of a powerful console.

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Undoubtedly, the Xbox Series S’s powerful suite is its value proposition. It’s a compact source of power. It can provide either an increased 4K gaming, native 1440p resolution, or a 1080p picture. 

Xbox Series S Controller

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Another great innovation about the Xbox Series S is its controller. The Xbox Series S’ controller is similar to the Xbox One’s, having two unsteady analog sticks, four face buttons,  two extended hand grips, a D-pad, two options buttons, four shoulder buttons, and a power button. Everything is in the same position as before.

You don’t have to have the Xbox Series S controller in your hand to know the difference between them. It possesses a matte surface and is a little more resistant to sweat than it was before. The grips are more significantly textured in the back, making the controller very comfortable to hold and entirely more relaxing. Also, it possesses a “share” button at the center of the controller, which allows you to take screenshots and video clips anytime you want.  

The only disadvantage that the controller has is that it still depends on AA batteries out of the box instead of being a more environmentally friendly rechargeable battery. However, you can even buy rechargeable battery packs separately. It means spending an unnecessary cost that Microsoft may have avoided by incorporating it, mainly since each set of AAs will give you about 30 hours of battery life.

Conclusion 

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However, it may look like the Xbox Series S doesn’t deserve your money. Even as its retail price is at $299, the Series S is essentially the perfect console for both new and younger gamers, or for people that don’t have or want to spend more on a 4K television, or probably those with a very tight budget. Well, It doesn’t natively support 4K resolution. Still, it does include some of the great features present on the more expensive Series X, even the upscaling abilities and speedier game load times through the NVMe SSD.

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