Microsoft Officially Announces Xbox Series S, Specs Revealed

Posted on September 8, 2020 by Brad Sams in Xbox with 26 Comments

Late last night, I broke the site by posting the first exclusive images of the Xbox Series S. Along with the console, I also reported that the price would be $299 and today, Microsoft is making it official.

The Xbox Series S was announced by the Xbox team today on Twitter and along with it, we now know the full specs.

The console will be all-digital (no disc drive) and run at 1440P up to 120FPS and feature Raytracing, variable-rate shading, variable refresh rate, a custom 512GB SSD, 4K streaming media playback, and upscaling to 4K as well – all for $299.

This is an aggressive price point by Microsoft and should help sell quite a few Xbox consoles this holiday season. While this box will not be for those with 4K displays, considering that a majority of TVs out in the real world are 1080P, this console will be perfect for those consumers.

Microsoft is also saying that this Xbox is their smallest ever and compared to Series X – it does have a much smaller footprint. And seeing as the console supports all the features of its bigger brother but in a smaller box and at a lower price, this will be the entry point for many consumers into next-gen console gaming.

All we need to know now is the actual availability. I expect pre-order to open up in a couple of weeks with retail availability (in the US), around November 10th.

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