Xbox Series X: Sizing Up The Hardware Iterations

Posted on December 17, 2019 by Brad Sams in Xbox, Xbox Series X with 10 Comments

Last week, Microsoft made a big splash with the Xbox Series X as the company unveiled the console well-ahead of expected reveal around the E3 timeline. But with the console now being shown to the world and a number of the specs now known, digging into the details highlights a few more bits of information.

Microsoft has clarified the name of the console. The company says that the device is called Xbox, with Series X defining the actual SKU of the hardware. While this does not definitively say that there are more versions of the console coming, it opens the door further to how the company can expand its offerings.

Logically, this means that Xbox Series X is from the Xbox One X lineage which means that Xbox Series S could be the name for the lower-end version that is currently codenamed Lockhart.

As for the size, which is one thing that was left off the table during the announcement, it looks like the console is approximately 15x15x30cm (6x6x12in) in size, thanks to the work by Frandroid.. You can compare this to the Xbox One X which has dimensions of 29x23x6cm (11.8 x 9.4 x 2.4 in); keep in mind these are educated guesses, we need to wait for Microsoft to provide the final size chart for the Series X.

While this is only a concept, a user on Twitter (@CptOneEyedWilly) created a neat path for how Microsoft could use different sized boxes to represent different iterations of the next-generation Xbox. While his naming convention doesn’t align to Series S/X, the idea does seem somewhat plausible with lower-specced versions being smaller than the Series X.

And even though the design is a bit..bland, it does leave the door open to a significant amount of customizations. A user on Reddit created a mockup of what a Minecraft themed Series X could look like and it appears to be a product right out of the Microsoft design labs.

Microsoft has certainly mixed up the naming and design schemes for this generation of the console and it will be interesting to see how this plays out over the life of the hardware.

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10 responses to “Xbox Series X: Sizing Up The Hardware Iterations”

  1. glenn8878

    Why do they make it like a tower? It can fall over and damage itself. It should lay flat like a DVD player so you can stack them. I wish Windows 10 can be installed on it. It can find new life as a low cost desktop PC.

    • lancert

      In reply to glenn8878: It can be laid horizontal or vertical.


    • warren

      In reply to glenn8878:


      Microsoft has already said that you can lay it on its side if you prefer.


      At that point, it's about the same height as a typical Denon/Yamaha/Akai stereo amplifier.


      And if you are genuinely interested in low-cost PC's, there is a sizable market out there for this sort of thing already. Intel NUC, for example.

      • glenn8878

        In reply to warren:

        But you can't stack them, which was what I said in my post up there. And you can tip them over so can damage itself since it is twice as tall as it is wide. Not the best design.


        Intel NUC is not the same caliber. I know there's plenty of low cost PC's with low performance, but Xbox offers the same thing in a better package and more powerful for the cost. But this is about Microsoft not catering to a market that it could have all to itself. Otherwise I would not have said it. And NO, I'm not genuinely interested in low cost PC unless it is XBOX.

        • ym73

          In reply to glenn8878:

          They often sell these console at break even or at a loss initially until the parts get cheaper later on its life cycle. They make money on accessories and games. If they start selling these as pc, there would be many people buying them and not buying any accessories or games because they are using it for productivity. There is a reason they would be alone in that market. No one want to lose money.


          Who exactly buys multiple xboxes an stacks them. Can't see a reason to do that.

        • starkover

          In reply to glenn8878:

          Why can't you stack them? Maybe you can't, but that is an assumption. Also weight distribution is a big factor in stability, The Empire State Building is taller than it is wide. :)

  2. darkgrayknight

    Based on the size of the controller, it does look like 15x15x30cm (6x6x12in).

  3. nbplopes

    I must say I like the design. Simple and elegant.


    PS: There are many ways to design a rectangular cuboid after all. The difference is in the tiny details.


    PS: This thing will be heavy.

  4. Patrick3D

    For anyone wanting to visualize the size, it's roughly 4 Post-It notes tall and 2 Post-It notes side-to-side.

  5. IanYates82

    I love that this is in metric for once :)


    I think they should've included a game case in the photo too, if only to not make the console look so crazy tall compared to the only other object in the photo (the controller).

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