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All You Need to Know About the Xbox Series X and Series S


The Xbox Series X and Series S may appear like the way forward for Xbox, however Microsoft is not taking part in only one sport anymore with the subsequent technology of, effectively, gaming. Yes, it has two boxy machines which are launching on November 10 worldwide, together with India. But Microsoft has a watch on different avenues too. After all, new Xbox Game Studios video games — that covers something made with Microsoft’s backing — may also be playable on Windows 10 computer systems, and even the Xbox One (for a restricted time). You do not even have to pay for a lot of of them; you may get them with the Xbox Game Pass subscription. And in sure North American, European, and Asian markets, you possibly can play quite a lot of Xbox video games in your telephones. The subsequent technology of Xbox is wild.

How to Pre-Order Xbox Series X, Series S in India

But for these of us with a watch on the two new consoles — Series X and Series S — there are quite a lot of questions ready to be answered, like what is going to I get? Let’s see. Better graphics and efficiency, with true native 4K decision at 60 frames per second (fps) on the Series X. You may even go up to 8K or 120fps, assuming you might have the {hardware} to carry it.

The Xbox Series S is joyful to ship simply over full-HD (up to 1440p) decision, however it nonetheless sticks to that 60fps promise. And it may go up to 4K as effectively with {hardware} scaling. Then there’s the promise of ray tracing, which equates to true-to-life lighting, dynamic environments, and correct reflections. On prime of that, each new Xbox consoles promise quicker load occasions thanks to a solid-state drive (SSD), taking up from the onerous disk drive (HDD) seen in present technology consoles.

All which means your favorite video games will look extra real looking than ever. After a recent mega acquisition, Microsoft now has 23 studios as a part of Xbox Game Studios, from the maker of Halo (343 Industries) to the creator of Elder Scrolls (Bethesda).

Every sport — outdated or new — from these studios shall be out there with Xbox Game Pass, which is nice for these on the Xbox ecosystem. It’s the purpose some think about Microsoft’s Xbox subscription service, which already has over 15 million members, the precise way forward for Xbox. It not solely provides you entry to a whole bunch of video games on Xbox gadgets, but in addition on Windows 10 and (in choose markets) Android telephones. It’s virtually as if Microsoft does not care in the event you purchase an Xbox or not. That’s in full distinction to Sony’s technique with the PlayStation 5, which is mainly do what has labored earlier than. You cannot blame it both, given Sony has offered twice as many PS4s in contrast to the Xbox One. Microsoft is not taking part in by Sony’s guidelines anymore and it is prepared to take a brand new method to next-gen.

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Xbox Series X and Series S: Pricing and availability

Microsoft’s twin technique with the Xbox Series household ought to enable it to promote the promise of next-gen at a a lot decrease start line than common. The Series S costs Rs. 34,990 in India, $299 (about Rs. 22,000) in the US, £249 (about Rs. 23,800) in the UK, CA$379 (about Rs. 21,200) in Canada, €299 (about Rs. 25,800) in Europe, AU$499 (about Rs. 26,600) in Australia, and NZ$549 (about Rs. 26,950) in New Zealand.

Its extra highly effective cousin, the Series X, comes in at Rs. 49,990 in India, $499 (about Rs. 36,600) in the US, £449 (about Rs. 42,800) in the UK, CA$599 (about Rs. 33,400) in Canada, €499 (about Rs. 42,900) in Europe, AU$749 (about Rs. 40,000) in Australia, and NZ$799 (about Rs. 39,200) in New Zealand. Mind you, not all these costs are inclusive of gross sales taxes in each market.

You haven’t got to pay upfront, although. Microsoft is increasing its Xbox All Access programme to 12 nations with the launch of the Xbox Series household: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Korea, Sweden, the UK, and the US. You can get both the Series X or Series S, which is paired with a two-year subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate provides entry to over 100 Xbox One titles and all upcoming Xbox Game Studios titles, over 100 Windows 10 video games, Xbox Live Gold which has month-to-month free video games and is required for on-line multiplayer, and EA Play that brings extra free video games and trials for brand new EA video games. And oh, in the event you’re in a supported area, you additionally get entry to Xbox sport streaming on Android.

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The Series S Xbox All Access prices $25 (about Rs. 1,850) in the US, £21 (about Rs. 2,000) in the UK, AU$33 (about Rs. 1,750) in Australia, and NZ$39 (about Rs. 1,900) in New Zealand. The Series X Xbox All Access is available in at $35 (about Rs. 2,600) in the US, £29 (about Rs. 2,750) in the UK, AU$46 (about Rs. 2,450) in Australia, and NZ$52 (about Rs. 2,550) in New Zealand. All these costs are per thirty days for a complete of 24 months.

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Xbox Series X and Series S: Specs

Before we dive in, here is a comparability of the Series X vs Series S —

  Xbox Series X Xbox Series S
Price Rs. 49,990 Rs. 34,990
Resolution 4K @ 60fps, up to 120fps 1440p @ 60fps, up to 120fps
Disc 4K UHD Blu-ray None (Digital-only)
CPU Custom 8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU @ 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT) Custom 8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU @ 3.6GHz (3.4GHz with SMT)
GPU Custom AMD RDNA 2 GPU 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom AMD RDNA 2 GPU 20 CUs @ 1.565GHz
  12.15 teraflops GPU energy Four teraflops GPU energy
Memory bandwidth 10 GB at 560 GB/s, 6 GB at 336 GB/s Eight GB at 224GB/s, 2 GB at 56GB/s
Storage 1TB PCie Gen Four NVME SSD 512GB PCie Gen Four NVME SSD
External storage 1 TB growth card, help for USB HDD 1 TB growth card, help for USB HDD
I/O throughput 2.Four GB/s (uncooked), 4.Eight GB/s (compressed) 2.Four GB/s (uncooked), 4.Eight GB/s (compressed)
Dimensions 151 x 151 x 301 mm (5.94 x 5.94 x 11.85 inches) 151 × 65 × 275 mm (5.9 × 2.6 × 11 inches)
Weight 4.45kg (9.Eight kilos) 1.93kg (4.25 kilos)

As you possibly can see, the greatest variations between the two new Xbox Series consoles are in the graphics division. Sure, they each have the similar custom-made AMD RDNA 2 graphics unit, however the Series X has greater than double the compute models (CUs) of its much less highly effective sibling Series S: 52 (Series X) vs 20 (Series S).

Moreover, the Series X GPU is clocked quicker as effectively: 1.825GHz (Series X) vs 1.565GHz (Series S). And that is why the Series X ends in a complete GPU energy of 12.15 teraflops, over thrice that provided by the Series S at Four teraflops.

The PS5 too has the similar custom-made AMD RDNA 2 graphics unit, which is clocked quicker (2.23GHz) however has fewer compute models (36). That ends in a complete GPU energy of 10.28 teraflops, however it’s not fairly a direct comparability as a result of the PS5 is able to variable frequency (GHz).

Sony’s next-gen console additionally has the similar CPU as the Series X and Series S: custom-made 8-core AMD Zen 2, able to simultaneous multithreading (SMT). But whereas the Xbox consoles have two clock speeds — 3.Eight GHz / 3.6 GHz with SMT for Series X, and 3.6GHz / 3.4GHz with SMT for Series S — the PS5 once more is able to variable frequency.

It’s unclear what is going to work higher, however it’ll doubtless fluctuate from state of affairs to state of affairs.

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Going again to Xbox Series X vs Series S, the former has 6GB extra reminiscence than the latter, and double the solid-state storage. That’s regardless of the undeniable fact that the Series S is digital-only which suggests you will have to obtain all of your video games off the Internet. With the Series X, you get a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray drive.

You can develop the storage up to 1TB with an growth card. Microsoft has partnered with Seagate on an official one, which prices $220 (about Rs. 16,250) in the US. You can use outdated onerous drives too, however they are going to solely be used for storage. Xbox Series video games can solely be performed off SSDs, although you possibly can play backward suitable Xbox titles off your exterior onerous drive.

Lastly, the Xbox Series X is lots greater than the Series S. They are about the similar peak, however the Series X is way wider (or deeper, relying on the way you see it). As a consequence, it is a lot heavier too, although you doubtless will not have to transfer it round lots.

There are some frequent issues between the two new Xbox consoles as effectively. Both support Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos 3D sound for gaming, and hardware-accelerated ray tracing for extra real looking lighting in video games.

Overall, the Xbox Series X is a way more highly effective console than the Xbox Series S.

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Xbox Series X and Series S: Controller

A brand new console technology additionally means a brand new controller, although Microsoft is conserving issues just about the similar with the new Xbox Wireless Controller. It’s largely received the similar design as the Xbox One controller, besides that it is barely smaller, which needs to be excellent news for these of us with small fingers. It has a USB-C port for charging and its D-pad is now extra like the one from Xbox Elite controller. And taking a cue from Sony, Microsoft has added a devoted share button in the centre.

The new Xbox Wireless Controller shall be out there in black, white or blue at launch. You will get one if you buy a Series X and Series S. There’s no phrase on India availability at the second if you need further controllers. They will cost Rs. 5,390 (black / white) or Rs. 5,890 (blue). It prices the similar as the Xbox One controller elsewhere: $60 (about Rs. 4,400) in the US, £55 (about Rs. 5,150) in the UK, CA$75 (about Rs. 4,150) in Canada, €60 (about Rs. 5,160) in Europe, AU$90 (about Rs. 4,700) in Australia, and NZ$100 (about Rs. 4,850) in New Zealand.

You haven’t got to purchase further controllers. Microsoft has stated that every one formally licensed Xbox One controllers are backward suitable with the Xbox Series household.

If you do find yourself buying the Xbox Wireless Controller, you have to two AA batteries to play wirelessly. Alternatively, you should buy the “Xbox Rechargeable Battery + USB-C Cable” package. It prices $25 (about Rs. 1,840) in the US, £20 (about Rs. 1,870) in the UK, CA$30 (about Rs. 1,660) in Canada, €23 (about Rs. 1,975) in Europe, AU$30 (about Rs. 1,570) in Australia, and NZ$40 (about Rs. 1,940) in New Zealand.

Xbox Series X or Series S: Which one must you purchase?

To reply that, now we have to have a look at three massive questions. First up, what sort of TV do you might have? The Xbox Series S is focusing on 1440p at 60fps whereas the Xbox Series X is designed for 4K at 60fps gaming. Technically, 1440p is 2560 x 1440 pixels whereas 4K is 3840 x 2160 pixels. While the Series S can nonetheless do {hardware} upscaling for video games to 4K, it is not native 4K.

That means it is best to solely get the Series X if you have already got a 4K TV otherwise you plan to improve quickly. The Series S, in the meantime, is nice for many who have a full-HD 1080p TV or a 1440p monitor. This signifies that the Series X ought to ship extra element than Series S with 4K shows.

Even if you do not have a 4K TV, each new Xbox consoles ought to ship a clean expertise regardless, thanks to the 60fps output.

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You can improve to a good smoother expertise, as each Series X and Series S will help up to 120fps for gaming. The Series X may go up to 8K decision. But you have to extra superior shows, with 120Hz refresh fee and help for 8K decision, to make use of these options. You’ll additionally want to ensure that it is an HDMI 2.1 suitable show.

The second query you might have to reply is your Internet pace. If you choose up the Xbox Series S, you have to to obtain each sport you play, as there is no such thing as a disc slot. Of course, even with the Series X, you’ll nonetheless want an excellent Internet connection to obtain updates and patches. But with the Series S, you’re looking at a better want for quick broadband.

And with each new Xbox consoles able to 4K gaming, which means sport sizes are going to improve. The massive video games as we speak, reminiscent of Red Dead Redemption 2, are already over 100GB. Expect that to be the norm going ahead, with obtain information solely going to additional soar as we go deeper into next-gen.

Lastly, since the Series S is digital-only, which means you possibly can’t share video games with your mates. There’s no chance of reselling video games too or shopping for second-hand video games. This is nice for sport publishers however not a lot for shoppers. With each Microsoft and Sony refusing to localise PlayStation and Xbox sport costs (not like Steam for PC) in markets reminiscent of India, the used video games market will help you lower your expenses.

Xbox Series X and Series S: Games

We’ve talked lots about {hardware} however what in the end issues with any gaming machine is what video games you possibly can play.

Microsoft has been making waves lately for its much-talked-about $7.5 billion (about Rs. 55,150 crores) acquisition of ZeniMax Media, which holds the licenses to The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Doom, Quake, Dishonored, Prey, and Wolfenstein. Those titles will come to Xbox Game Pass in the close to future, however whether or not future entries in these franchises shall be Xbox exclusives shall be evaluated on a “case-by-case basis”, Microsoft has said.

And that is a while away. At launch, there aren’t many Xbox Game Studios exclusives. With Halo Infinite now delayed to 2021, we’re left with Tetris Effect: Connected, a co-op and aggressive multiplayer model of the widespread puzzle sport; and the Gears of War spin-off Gears Tactics, which has been on Windows 10 since April.

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Yakuza: Like A Dragon
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Xbox does have yet one more unique in Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Though a Japanese, Chinese and Korean PS4 model debuted again in January, Microsoft has snapped the English-language model of the subsequent Yakuza sport as a timed unique for the Series X and Series S. It will ultimately launch on PS5 in some unspecified time in the future.

Every different Xbox Series launch title may also be on the PS5. That contains Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (November 13), Destiny 2: Beyond Light, Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition, Dirt 5, Fortnite, Marvel’s Avengers, and Watch Dogs Legion.

That stated, Microsoft does have quite a lot of Xbox Game Studios exclusives in the works, together with new entries in Fable, Forza Motorsport, Psychonauts, Stalker, and State of Decay, as well as to Everwild from the Sea of Thieves developer and numerous different indie efforts, however most of them do not actually have a launch window, not to mention a precise date.

And we will look ahead to many extra exclusives from Xbox Game Studios. Here’s the full listing of the aforementioned 23 studios now owned by Microsoft. Eight of the following have been acquired throughout the Xbox One period, and the eight from ZeniMax are set to formally turn out to be a component in 2021.

  1. 343 Industries (Halo)
  2. Alpha Dog Games (Ninja Golf)
  3. Arkane Studios (Dishonored)
  4. Bethesda Game Studios (Elder Scrolls)
  5. The Coalition (Gears of War)
  6. Compulsion Games (We Happy Few)
  7. Double Fine Productions (Psychonauts)
  8. id Software (Doom)
  9. The Initiative
  10. inXile Entertainment (Wasteland 3)
  11. MachineGames (Wolfenstein)
  12. Mojang Studios (Minecraft)
  13. Ninja Theory (Hellblade)
  14. Obsidian Entertainment (The Outer Worlds)
  15. Playground Games (Forza Horizon)
  16. Rare (Sea of Thieves)
  17. Roundhouse Studios (Rune)
  18. Tango Gameworks (The Evil Within)
  19. Turn 10 Studios (Forza Motorsport)
  20. Undead Labs (State of Decay)
  21. World’s Edge (Age of Empires)
  22. Xbox Game Studios Publishing (Microsoft Flight Simulator)
  23. ZeniMax Online (Elder Scrolls Online)

Not each sport will make use of each new {hardware} characteristic — 4K / 8K decision, 120fps, and ray tracing — however count on them to help at the very least one, if no more.

The next-gen of gaming consoles can also be main to a value improve for video games. Some publishers, reminiscent of 2K and Sony itself, have upped the bar from $60 to $70. We do not know what that precisely means for India; the ceiling was Rs. 3,999 however we would see Rs. 4,999 or extra now. Moreover, Microsoft hasn’t talked about costs for next-gen Xbox Game Studios titles as but.

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Xbox Series X and Series S: Backward compatibility

If you had been fearful that you’d solely have a handful of video games in your new Xbox at launch, effectively, Microsoft will allow you to play 1000’s of older video games too. They come from the Xbox One, Xbox 360, and even the unique Xbox. You can discover the full library on the official Xbox website.

But how these video games would truly run, might fluctuate. The absolute best variant is a free improve scheme generally known as “Smart Delivery”. If an Xbox One sport can also be made for the Xbox Series household, sport publishers can choose into Xbox Smart Delivery and provide a free improve to the next-gen model. FIFA 21, Marvel’s Avengers, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Watch Dogs: Legion are on board with this.

Then there’s “Optimised for Xbox Series X|S” video games. While this label additionally covers all new titles which are purpose-built for next-gen, it additionally applies to outdated titles which have been redesigned for Series X and Series S. That means they are going to help 4K HDR, up to 120fps, and quicker load occasions (thanks to the SSD). The complete list might be discovered on the Xbox website.

Now, these advantages will not apply equally to the new Xbox consoles. Microsoft has stated that the Series S will play the Xbox One S model of backward suitable video games, not the Xbox One X model. That means you will not profit from 4K textures, however you’ll nonetheless get “improved texture filtering, higher and more consistent frame rates, faster load times and Auto HDR.”

Xbox Series X and Series S: Upgrading from Xbox One, One S, or One X

Now that now we have coated each side of the Xbox Series X and Series S, a few of you with an Xbox One already at dwelling may naturally be questioning: ought to I improve? That is determined by which Xbox One you might have and what you’re on the lookout for.

If you need to find a way to play all new Xbox exclusives, there is not any fast want to soar on the Series X or Series S. Microsoft is adamant that it will not power avid gamers into the subsequent technology. Xbox chief Phil Spencer said as a lot in July, noting that each Xbox Game Studios title in “the next couple of years” would launch on each Xbox One and Xbox Series (and Windows 10).

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Now the operative phrases listed below are “couple of years” and “Xbox Game Studios”. Xbox Game Studios’ July event revealed that the subsequent Fable and Forza Motorsport may solely be out there on the new Xbox Series consoles. Additionally, third-party builders like EA and Ubisoft haven’t any obligation to preserve supporting the Xbox One.

Of course, merely having help is not all the pieces. As you possibly can count on, the upcoming Halo Infinite may look very completely different, relying on in the event you’ve a Series X, Series S, One X, One S, or One. There is just no method a seven-year-old console like the Xbox One may sustain when it comes to efficiency with a high-end one like the Series X launching in November.

These variations will minimise as you come in direction of the centre. Xbox Series S ought to outperform Xbox One X in lots of regards, however it may’t ship 4K gaming throughout the board. Though to be truthful, the One X was solely able to 4K at 60fps on paper. In actuality, most massive video games by no means hit that quantity, as the CPU was a bottleneck.

Rise of the Tomb Raider and Middle Earth: Shadow of War dropped to 30fps at 4K, and may solely handle 60fps at 1080p. Even its in-house title, Forza Horizon 4, was the same. Gears 5 was slightly higher because it had a variable decision with a minimal of 1584p, whereas Fortnite topped at 1728p, in accordance to Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry.

With the Xbox Series X, Microsoft is promising that video games will run at 4K 60fps, so you will not have to take care of such compromises. And with its capabilities stretching up to 8K / 120fps, count on the Series X to maintain its personal at the same time as we go deeper into next-gen.

The Xbox Series S is a unique story. It’s prioritising efficiency over decision, what with its 1440p 60fps goal. That means video games operating on a Xbox Series S would not have that rather more element over the Xbox One or One S — which managed 1080p, albeit with their very own compromises in the ultimate years — however they need to be lots smoother. And you will produce other advantages too, reminiscent of quicker load occasions and ray tracing.

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Xbox Series X and Series S: Game streaming

You can select to not improve in any respect too, relying on the place you reside. In mid-September, Microsoft rolled out cloud gaming support, beforehand generally known as Project xCloud, as a part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. It’s at the moment out there in 22 nations, together with Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the US.

This means in the event you subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate — $15 (about Rs. 1,100) in the US, £11 (about Rs. 1,030) in the UK, CA$17 (about Rs. 950) in Canada, €13 (about Rs. 1,120) in Europe, and ₩16,700 (about Rs. 1,060) in Korea — you possibly can play all the video games out there beneath the subscription, on suitable Android gadgets. Xbox sport streaming just isn’t out there on iOS due to Apple’s restrictions.

Xbox sport streaming depends on servers consisting of Xbox One S consoles at the second, however Microsoft plans to improve to Series X in 2021.

Of course, you have to a quick and dependable 4G / 5G connection, given enter lag could be a actual challenge with cloud gaming.

But right here, you aren’t simply paying for cloud gaming. With Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you get entry to all the advantages we mentioned earlier, together with over 100 Xbox One titles and all upcoming Xbox Game Studios titles, over 100 Windows 10 video games, Xbox Live Gold which has month-to-month free video games, and EA Play that brings extra free video games and trials for brand new EA video games.

And if cloud gaming does not be just right for you, Xbox sport streaming additionally works domestically. You can use your present Xbox One or any of the new Xbox Series consoles to stream video games to your Android machine.

None of that is new or unique to Xbox. Sony provides the latter as PS4 Remote Play and this shall be out there on the PS5 too. And Sony additionally has its personal cloud gaming service: PlayStation Now. It’s been round for for much longer (since 2014) and has over 800 video games, however it’s by no means actually taken off as a result of Sony solely provides older titles.

Microsoft has modified the area with Xbox Game Pass. New Xbox Game Studios titles can be found to obtain or stream on the day of launch. Nearly 170 video games at the moment help Xbox sport streaming via the cloud. You can entry the full list on the Xbox web site. Select “Cloud-enabled” after you open the web page.

Best of all, there is not any want to replace video games with Xbox cloud gaming. They are all the time prepared and ready for you to hit play.


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