It’s a question that arises more and more once we decide to buy either Xbox Series X or Series S. The two Xbox consoles have incredibly similar names and alike game libraries. However, there might be a quiet difference in what they’re capable of. Choosing the right console for you probably a challenging task. One is a super powerful games machine with PC specifications, the other a more affordable alternative. Following is a beneficial guide to help you decide which next-gen Xbox could suit you best.


Xbox Series X – Black finish, black controller, 301 x 151 x 151mm, 4.5kgs

Xbox Series S – White finish, white controller, 275 x 150 x 64mm, 1.9kgs

The Xbox Series X is a solid beast of a machine, best designed to stand vertically – but it can lay horizontally – and available in black only with some green highlighted openings on a top grille.

The Series S looks more like the earlier Xbox One S. It even has a similar grille on the top (when horizontal). It has a black grille that looks like a speaker and while console.

Processing and graphics

Xbox Series X – 16GB GDDR6 RAM, 3.8GHz CPU, 12 TFLOPS GPU (52 CUs at 1.825GHz)

Xbox Series S – 10GB GDDR6 RAM, 3.6GHz CPU, 4 TFLOPS GPU (20 CUs at 1.565GHz)

Both Xbox Series X and Series S consoles have a custom AMD Zen 2 eight-core processor. But the Series X CPU runs at 3.8GHz per core (3.6GHz with multi-threading) and the Series S at 3.6GHz (3.4GHz with multi-threading).

The graphic process differs greatly between them. Series X sporting 12 TFLOPS (52CUs at 1.825GHz) of RDNA 2 graphics power. The Series S will have 4 TFLOPS (20CUs at 1.565GHz) of RDNA 2 graphics.

The amount of RAM is also different. The Xbox series X console has 16GB of GDDR6 RAM, while the other one has 10GB. Both consoles will run games at 60fps natively, although are capable of up to 120fps. Series X can run the games at 4k resolution but series S can run up to 1440p maximum.


When it comes to storage both have an SSD for faster load times and the rest of the abilities that solid-state drives (SSD) can offer. They also each support Xbox’s quick resume feature that helps you to pause six or more games at a time. Allow users to continue instantly from where they left.

Xbox Series X – 1TB internal SSD, 3x USB 3.1 ports

Xbox Series S – 512GB internal SSD, 3 x USB 3.1 ports

Both consoles have storage expansion card slots and support external USB 3.0 drives. You can connect three external hard drives at once.

Game and accessories

Both consoles have backward compatible with Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox games. Also compatible with all Xbox One accessories. Microsoft’s games library subscription service, Xbox Game Pass, is available for both Series S and X.

Home entertainment

Xbox Series X – 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray drive

Xbox Series S – No drive, digital-only

Both consoles have Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), HDR (High Dynamic Range), Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos. They support HDR, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos, for video and games. Dolby Vision is available at Series X that supports 4k Blueray playback.


Microsoft offers two consoles that target different audiences and consumers. The Xbox Series X costs more than Series S. If you afford to pay a premium pick up Xbox Series X. Want to enter the next generation without breaking the bank Xbox series S is a fantastic entry point. By creating an argument for Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S Microsoft has essentially done its best for both models. So that’s surely a win for Xbox as a whole.