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Detailed Xbox Series S Specifications Leak - Microsoft's Affordable Next-Gen Xbox

Will Xbox Series S allow Microsoft to win the pricing war?

Detailed Xbox Series S Specifications Leak - Microsoft's Affordable Next-Gen Xbox

Detailed Xbox Series S Specifications Leak - Microsoft's Affordable Next-Gen Xbox

Microsoft's cost-effective Xbox Series S console will allow gamers to enter the next generation without insane hardware costs. With the same technology underpinning the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, inter-compatibility shouldn't be an issue, with the only significant hardware difference between the systems being their graphics performance. 

Specifications for Microsoft's Xbox Series S console have leaked, coming via Tweaktown and Tom Warren, a writer for The Verge. After completing some basic TFLOPS calculations, Microsoft's Xbox Series S console will deliver gamers slightly under 4 TFLOPS of RDNA 2 graphics performance, using 20 RDNA 2 CUs at 1.55GHz. 

On the CPU-side, the Xbox Series S' processor is identical to the Xbox Series X. This makes sense, as both systems need to be able to handle identical CPU loads to offer inter-compatibility. Microsoft's Xbox Series S is designed to be a lower resolution Xbox Series X, and that means that its CPU needs to be strong enough to handle all Xbox Series X titles. 

Xbox Series S is said to contain 10GB of GDDR6 memory, a cutback which will reduce the memory bandwidth that's available to the system. This cutback will be dealt with through the use of lower resolution textures in next-generation titles. This change should be difficult to notice given the Xbox Series S' lowered game resolution targets. 

To lower production costs, Microsoft's Xbox Series S console is said to lack a disk drive. This change would also reduce the size and weight of their low-cost console, which would in-turn offer Microsoft's reduced shipping costs as well as a lower material cost for their next-generation system. That being said, lacking a disk-drive will cut 4K Blu-Ray support and make backwards compatibility with non-digital Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One games impossible.   

  

 

 

Microsoft Xbox Series XXbox Series S (Leaked)
CPUEight Custom Zen 2 CPU cores
at 3.8GHz (no SMT) or 3.66GHz (SMT On)
Identical to Xbox Series X
GPUCustom Radeon RDNA 2 Graphics
12 TFLOPS
52 CUs at 1825MHz clock speeds
Custom Radeon RDNA 2 Graphics
3.968 TFLOPS
20 CUs at 1550MHz clock speeds
Die Size360.45mm squaredUnknown
Process7nm Enhanced7nm Enhanced
Memory16GB of GDDR6 memory
320-bit memory bus
10GB of GDDR6 memory
Memory
Bandwidth
10GB @ 560 GB/s + 6GB at 336GB/sUnknown
Internal
Storage
1 TB Custom PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDCustom PCIe 4.0 SSD
I/O
Throughput
2.4GB/s (RAW)
4.8GB/s (Compressed)
Likely to be Identical to Xbox Series X
Expandable Storage1 TB Expansion Card
(Identical to Internal Storage)
Likely to be Identical to Xbox Series X
External
Storage
USB 3.2 External HDD SupportLikely to be Identical to Xbox Series X
Optical Drive4K UHD Blu-Ray DriveNo Disk Drive

Detailed Xbox Series S Specifications Leak - Microsoft's Affordable Next-Gen Xbox


Last week, leaked Xbox Series X Controller packaging seemingly confirmed the existence of Xbox Series S. Microsoft is likely to reveal its Xbox Series S system within the next month. 

You can join the discussion on Microsoft's leaked Xbox Series S console specifications on the OC3D Forums

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