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Xbox Series X And Series S Launch 10th November [Pre-Order From 22nd September]

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Wednesday, 9th September, 2020

Xbox Series X And Series S UK Release Date And Price

2020 is the year of the next generation console. All of the speculation around the next Xbox can be put to bed, with Microsoft announcing all of the details earlier today.

In case you didn’t know, for the first time there will be 2 consoles released side by side: The Xbox Series X and the friendlier priced Xbox Series S.

Here’s everything you need to know, including the price and release date in the UK.

UPDATE: You can read my Series X Review Here

Microsoft have announced that the Xbox Series X will cost £449 in the UK. The Xbox Series S will come in at a cheaper price of only £249.

As always there’s been rumours around a two console launch, with one being digital only i.e. disc less, and the other having an optical drive. That has been confirmed, but it’s also been confirmed that the power in each console will be different too.

The Series X is of course the flagship, with all of the power and a focus on 4K. The Series S will only support 1080p and 1440p, still not too shabby for the games of today.

Here’s the tech specs of both Xbox next gen consoles.

X Box Series X And Series S Tech Specs

A few highlights of the specs are:

Xbox Series X Tech Spec Highlights

  • 8 core AMD Zen 2 CPU @ 3.8GHz 3.66GHz w/ SMT enabled
  • AMD RDNA 2 GPU 52CUs @ 1.825GHz
  • GPU Power: 12.15 TFLOPS
  • 16GB GDDR6 RAM (10GB @ 560GB/sec & 6GB @ 336GB/sec)
  • 4K @ 60FPS, Up To 120FPS
  • 1TB SSD Drive (PCIe Gen 4 NVME)
  • HDMI 2.1
  • 1TB Expansion Card

Xbox Series S Tech Spec Highlights

  • 8 Core AMD Zen 2 CPU @ 3.6GHz, 3.4GHz w/ SMT enabled
  • AMD RDNA 2 GPU 20CUs @ 1.565GHz
  • GPU Power: 4 TFLOPS
  • 10GB GDDR6 RAM, 8GB @ 224GB/Sec, 2GB @ 56GB/sec
  • 1440p @ 60FPS, Up To 120FPS
  • 512GB SSD Drive (PCIe Gen 4 NVME)
  • 1TB Expansion Card

Series X and S Designs

The designs are fairly different too. The Series S is a smaller console, with no need for an optical drive or anything that brings. It’s hard to judge the size, but if you look at the size of the controller up against it, it appears to be fairly small.

The Series S comes in white, with a contrasting black circular vent/grill on the front which I would assume is for cooling.

The series X console is bigger to accommodate the optical drive and no doubt that extra power. It has more of a cuboid feel to the design, and is a solid black colour with a large vent/grill to the top. I imagine that as with previous generations, you’ll be able to have the console lying down or upright depending on your own living space and design.

Release Date

The release date for both of the 2020 Xbox consoles is 10th November 2020. You will be able to pre-order the Series X and S from 22nd September.

Which To Buy? Series X Or Series S?

If I were to buy one, the Xbox Series X is the one I will go for. I want an optical drive, and £449 is around the price I paid for the last generation (Xbox One) if I remember correctly.

I have a 4K tv, (a Samsung 4K qe55q85r if you’re wondering) to it would be kind of odd not to opt for the 4K console. I’ll also be able to take advantage of the 4K drive and get 4K blu rays in the future too.

I am already looking forward to seeing these in action. Only a few weeks to go for pre-orders, and almost exactly 2 months until the Xbox Series X and S are on the shelves (although I imagine they’ll sell out!).

Check out the full press release at Microsoft here.

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