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Is the Xbox Series S worth it?

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Xbox Series S is the most affordable next-generation console (photo: Microsoft)

MicrosoftThe Xbox Series S costs just over half the price of the Series X. It seems too good to be true, but is it?

The Xbox Series X and S were first launched in November 2020, just two days before PlayStation 5and gamers around the world were torn.

Many have since taken sides, but if you still want to upgrade your last-gen consoles and not make your pockets bleed, you can keep reading.

It was quite difficult to get hold of the next-generation consoles PlayStation 5 prices rise by £30 Sony doesn’t make it easy for those who don’t know what to buy.

The company blamed the “current global economic environment” for the price hike, though it failed to note that economic instability is also affecting customers’ pockets.

On the other hand, even though the Xbox Series X hasn’t gone up in price, it might mark the energy bill if left on standbyrather than turning it off.

How much does the Xbox Series S cost?

The price of the Xbox Series S is just £249.99, excluding game bundles and other offers that retailers may make from time to time.

In comparison, the Xbox Series X costs £449.99 and the PlayStation 5 is now £479.99, so the X Series S’s price is only half the damage.

Even when compared to the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, which like the S Series doesn’t have a disc drive, there’s still a noticeable difference as its price has also risen to £389.99.

What is the difference between Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X?

In most aspects, the Xbox Series S can do all the same things as the Xbox Series X, including running the same games, but it doesn’t have a disc drive, so all games have to be bought and played digitally. Which can be frustrating since its hard drive is half the size of the Xbox Series X’s 1TB.

The Xbox Series S is less powerful than the Series X, but you can only tell that because it can’t run games at its native 4K resolution. Since you need a 4K TV for this anyway, it doesn’t really matter to many people.

In any case, there are a few exceptions, e.g Ori And The Will Of The Wispsand most games can be upscaled to 4K, reducing the difference even further.

The Xbox Series X is much chunkier than the slim Xbox Series S (Photo: Microsoft)

recently, Microsoft has allowed developers to work with more memory than at launch, which should further improve the graphical performance of Xbox Series S games.

The Xbox Series S is the smallest console Microsoft has ever made, and it’s almost 60% smaller than the chunkier Xbox Series X. So if you’re short on room or want to take it everywhere with you, this the obvious choice.

It also requires less power and generates less heat, so it puts less of a burden on your electricity bills compared to both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.

What games can be played on the Xbox Series S?

The Xbox Series S can play exactly the same games as the Xbox Series X, just with the resolution restrictions mentioned above.

The all-digital approach of the Xbox Series S may turn off game collectors, but when paired with an Xbox Game Pass subscription, you can play hundreds of new and last-gen games.

These games are included in Xbox Game Pass for September 2022 (Image: Microsoft)

Xbox Series S includes the entire list of backwards compatible Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox games, many of which are expanded from their original releases.

It’s the best value for money combination for gamers who are looking for an economical gaming setup, but are also good at compromising on other aspects.

Why you should and shouldn’t buy an Xbox Series S

In summary, you should buy the Xbox Series S if you:

  • Want to experience the next generation of gaming, but don’t want to break the bank in terms of price and power consumption.
  • Happy that they can’t use discs for games or movies.
  • You don’t have a 4K TV or you just don’t care about the resolution.

On the other hand, you have to go the extra mile to get a console like the Xbox Series X, which has fewer compromises:

  • I prefer collecting physical copies of games.
  • Insist on the best graphics quality, especially when it comes to resolution.
  • Playing so many games at once will quickly fill up the smaller Xbox Series S hard drive.

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