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On sale now: Xbox Series X vs Series S

Published: 10th November, 2020 at 15:20
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Head to head with the new Xbox consoles, plus where you can buy them.

Xbox has launched its “best ever hardware” which the firm’s UK boss says will make gaming more “inclusive and accessible”.


The gaming firm says the £449 Series X is the most powerful console it has ever made, while the smaller Series S is priced at £249 and meant to offer a more accessible route into modern gaming.

The launch comes just over a week before rivals Sony release their own new console, the PlayStation 5, with both video game giants promising their most powerful systems, complete with major upgrades on current consoles.

James Butcher, head of Xbox UK, said the flagship Series X offers “the best console experience we’ve been able to deliver so far” thanks to significant internal hardware upgrades which mean the new console is faster and more powerful, as well as able to handle higher-quality graphics than ever before.

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It is being released alongside the smaller, cheaper Series S, which the company argues offers more choice to consumers.

“Really the Series X is for the gamer who wants the ultimate gaming experience – the most immersive with the highest graphical fidelity on the world’s most powerful console,” he told the PA news agency.

In contrast, the Xbox Series S is the smallest console the company has ever made and comes without a disk-drive, instead relying on digital delivery for games and other entertainment content.

The glowing green top of the Xbox Series X © Xbox
Xbox says the Series X is the most powerful console it has ever made © Xbox

“I think with Series S it is more about consumer choice and making gaming accessible. It’s the smallest Xbox we’ve ever built. It’s a digital console and it carries the same next-gen features but at a slightly lower graphical resolution,” Butcher said.

Early reviews have hailed the new consoles for the speed at which games load and launch compared with existing devices, while the introduction of technology such as ray-tracing, which enables games to better realistically mimic lighting, have also impressed.

Head to head: Series X vs Series S

Xbox Series X (left) and Series S © Xbox
Xbox Series X (left) and Series S © Xbox


Series X: £449

Series S: £249


Series X: 15.1cm x 15.1cm x 30.1cm

Series S: 6.5cm x 15.1cm x 30cm


Series X: 4.4kg

Series S: 1.9kg

Processing power

Series X: 12 teraflops

Series S: 4 teraflops


Series X: 4K, 60 frames per second (support for 120 frames per second)

Series S: 1440p (Quad HD), 60 frames per second


Series X: 1TB (with support for storage expansion)

Series S: 512GB (with support for storage expansion)

Disc drive?

Series X: Yes - supports 4K UHD and Blu-Ray discs

Series S: No - digital download only

Other features

Both consoles support DirectX raytracing, Quick Resume, 4K Ultra HD streaming, Dolby Vision enhanced video technology and Dolby TrueHD with Atmos audio.

Where can I buy the Xbox Series X and S?

Buy Xbox Series X now:


Buy Xbox Series S now:


Sara RigbyOnline staff writer, BBC Science Focus

Sara is the online staff writer at BBC Science Focus. She has an MPhys in mathematical physics and loves all things space, dinosaurs and dogs.


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