There’s a pretty clear way in which these consoles differ, so let’s start by comparing their looks. The Xbox Series X is a bulkier, tower-style machine that’s available in black. Meanwhile, the Xbox Series S has similar design features to its predecessor, the Xbox One S, and has slimmer, more traditional console-style proportions. The big novelty with the Series S is the black grille, which almost makes the console look like a speaker. If you like to take things like design into account with your consoles, you’ll find the Series X much more unobtrusive and sleek — but also lacking some of the personality and style of the Series S, which you may prefer if you want your console to occupy a more prominent position in your entertainment center.
But, as with anything, it’s what’s inside that really counts — and there are some substantial differences in these consoles, particularly when it comes to graphics. While both consoles feature the Custom AMD Zen RDNA 2 graphics system, the Series X has 52 compute units compared to the Series S’s 20. What does this mean? Compute units are like tiny processors, and having more of them means the Series X offers faster, more refined and responsive graphics than the Series S is capable of providing. Another area where the machines differ? The Series S has 1440p resolution, while the Series X offers 4K for a crisper-than-crisp picture.
When it comes to storage capacity, the Series X is also the clear winner with its 1TB solid state drive. However, the affordable Series S still clocks in at a respectable 512GB. Both consoles support USB 3.0 drives and expansion cards and drives, so increasing the storage capacity isn’t too much of an ask.
Thanks to their recent releases and their overall popularity as a family of consoles, the Xbox Series X|S may not be available this holiday season. If you don’t already have an Xbox One, the Microsoft Xbox One X 1Tb Console could be a great alternative for you.