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The Xbox Series S console with a white Xbox Wireless Controller (a revision of the one introduced for the Xbox One) on the left, and the Xbox Series X console with a black Xbox Wireless Controller on the right.

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The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, collectively referred to as Xbox Series X|S, are two consoles representing Microsoft's entry in The Ninth Generation of Console Video Games. They are the fourth generation of the Xbox console family, following their third console line, the Xbox One. Of the two, the Series X is the more powerful, premium console, while the smaller, less powerful Series S is value-oriented and can only play digitally downloaded games. Both consoles were released on November 10, 2020.

Similar to the PlayStation 5, the Series systems take advantage of a Solid State Drive for storage to enable significantly faster load times. The systems also have a new Quick Resume feature, allowing multiple games to be paused and exited letting you open another without losing the game state of the other games. Quick Resume even saves the game state if the console is turned off.

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The Xbox Series line of consoles supports all games playable on the Xbox One, including backward compatible original Xbox and Xbox 360 games. The only exception to this are games that require Kinect, as the new consoles do not support the peripheral. As a bonus, all backwards compatible games benefit from the increase in power and the internal SSD - performing better and loading faster as a result. For example, Grand Theft Auto IV, a 360 game with rough performance even on the One X, runs at a near flawless 60 frames-per-second on the X|S. While some games are limited in what improvements they benefit from due to framerate or resolution caps that were placed in there with the Xbox One's performance in mind, Microsoft has stated that they will be able to remove said caps in certain games (such as Fallout 4) without the developers having to touch anything using a feature called FPS boost.

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The systems' controller features several refinements over the Xbox One's, including a slightly smaller size to accommodate a wider range of hands, a USB-C wired connection instead of micro USB, a redesigned D-pad similar to the one from the Elite controller, and a share button to allow instantaneous online sharing of screenshots and other data from the console. The new controller is backwards compatible with Xbox One consoles, and all controllers and peripherals (minus Kinect) for the Xbox One are fully compatible with the X|S, and the operating system is the same on both. Further pushing for seamless cross-compatibility, Microsoft introduced the "Smart Delivery" programme, a feature designed for cross-gen games. Rather than having separate releases for both the Xbox One and the X|S versions, Smart Delivery rolls both versions of a game into a single release, and automatically supplies the correct version of the game based on what system it is installed onto, for free and with all progress and achievements seamlessly moving back and forth, and multiplayer cross-play between both systems. The use of the feature is optional for developers, however, with some games (such as the FIFA Soccer and Madden NFL franchises) implementing their own cross-gen upgrade systems, and others (such as Devil May Cry 5) simply having no upgrade path at all.


Technical Specifications

Xbox Series X

Processors
  • CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores running at 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz with simultaneous multithreading)
  • GPU: Custom AMD Radeon RDNA 2 based GPU with 52 CUs at a frequency up to 1.825GHz, for a sustained performance of 12.15 TFLOPs

Memory/Storage

  • 16 GB of GDDR6 SDRAM with a 320-bit bus (10 GB at 560 GB/s, 6 GB @ 336 GB/s)
  • 1 TB NVMe based SSD with a raw throughput of 2.4 GB/s, though a compression block can raise the throughput to about 4.8 GB/s.
  • 4K UHD Blu-ray drive.

Xbox Series S

Processors
  • CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores running at 3.6 GHz (3.4 GHz with simultaneous multithreading)
  • GPU: Custom AMD Radeon RDNA 2 based GPU with 20 CUs at a frequency up to 1.55GHz, for a sustained performance of 4 TFLOPs

Memory/Storage

  • 10 GB of GDDR6 SDRAM with a 128-bit bus (8 GB at 224 GB/s, 2 GB @ 56 GB/s)
  • 512 GB NVMe based SSD with a raw throughput of 2.4 GB/s, though a compression block can raise the throughput to about 4.8 GB/s.
  • No optical drive.
  • Both consoles can have their storage expanded using either a proprietary 1 TB expansion card or USB 3.2 external HDDs.

The Series X is targeting a performance of 4K at 60fps, with frame rates up to 120fps, while the Series S is targeting 1440p at 60fps, also with frame rates up to 120fps.

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Alternative Title(s): Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X And Series S

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