Microsoft lastly confirmed the existence of the Xbox Sequence S on Tuesday, and eventually later, the corporate has introduced the hardware specs of its smaller, less expensive subsequent-abilities console. At $299, the Sequence S appears to be a large designate proposition for these that don’t care about bodily video video games or 4K possibility.
The predominant factor to understand concerning the Sequence S is that it’s miles constructed to play the whole an identical subsequent-gen video video games as its further extremely environment friendly sibling, the Xbox Sequence X, excluding at a decrease goal possibility of 1440p in its place of 4K. Each consoles can play video video games at physique expenses of up to 120 frames per second. And the Sequence S will silent elevate the an identical seen constancy as a result of the Sequence X, in retaining with Microsoft — it’s miles ready to hardware-accelerated staunch-time ray tracing, variable-price shading, and mesh shaders. This could additionally merely additionally upscale the native-possibility output to 4K.
“By designing two consoles in parallel from the very beginning up, we’re ready to elevate the an identical core gaming abilities whereas additionally making it as straightforward as that you simply simply would additionally consider for builders to scale their video video games throughout every consoles with minimal effort,” acknowledged Jason Ronald, director of program administration for Xbox, in a deep-dive video for the Xbox Sequence S. “This means that Xbox Sequence S delivers the an identical fabulous subsequent-abilities abilities and facets as Sequence X — staunch at a lowered rendering possibility.”
The Xbox Sequence S delivers Four teraflops of graphics efficiency, which suggests that on paper, it’s miles 33% a lot much less extremely environment friendly than the Xbox One X (the beefiest latest-abilities console, at 6 teraflops) and 67% a lot much less extremely environment friendly than the Xbox Sequence X. However it manages to elevate the an identical efficiency as a result of the Sequence X thanks to the way Microsoft constructed it: Furthermore to the aforementioned graphics rendering facets, it presents “an identical I/O efficiency” to the Sequence X, courtesy of its strong-dispute drive and Xbox Lunge Construction. Which means that Sequence S homeowners may even stare the an identical enhancements in loading instances as on the Sequence X, amongst assorted benefits.
In phrases of the specs, the Xbox Sequence S accommodates “the an identical eight-core Zen 2 CPU structure as a result of the Xbox Sequence X,” acknowledged Ronald, excluding downclocked a shrimp little bit of to stroll at a continuing frequency of three.6 GHz in its place of three.eight GHz. (With simultaneous multithreading enabled, the Sequence S CPU will stroll at 3.Four GHz in its place of the Sequence X’s 3.6 GHz.) The Sequence S GPU accommodates a ways fewer compute objects — 20 in its place of 52 — and runs at a slower frequency of 1.565 GHz when compared to the Sequence X’s 1.825 GHz. The decrease uncooked numbers obtained’t assist inspire the Sequence S too nice, in retaining with Microsoft, thanks to the “digital reminiscence multipliers” outfitted by the Xbox Lunge Construction.
The machine reminiscence is “scaled in retaining with the goal possibility” of 1440p, acknowledged Ronald: The Sequence S boasts 10 GB of GDDR6 RAM in its place of the Sequence X’s 16 GB, with a lot much less reminiscence bandwidth. Another predominant distinction is the inside storage. Whereas every consoles elevate the an identical storage bandwidth — a learn scamper of two.Four GB per second for uncompressed information and 4.eight GB/s for compressed information — the SSD within the Sequence S is half the scale of the one within the Sequence X, 512 GB in its place of 1 TB. That usually is a sticking level for the all-digital Sequence S, with storage requirements for diverse up to date video video games creeping up shut to the 100 GB save, if no longer topping it.
That’s staunch — a key Xbox Sequence X attribute that the Sequence S lacks is an optical drive. On on the bizarre time and age, the overwhelming majority of video video games are offered digitally (a vogue that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated). Homeowners of both subsequent-gen Xbox might be prepared to bump up the consoles’ inside storage by buying for a 1 TB Storage Progress Card, however Microsoft has however to lisp the worth for the proprietary machine manufactured by Seagate. The consoles might help USB exterior laborious drives, however you’ll handiest be prepared to play backward-like minded Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One video video games from exterior storage — subsequent-gen video video games desires to be put in to the inside SSD or to a Storage Progress Card.
Leaving out the 4K Blu-ray drive is a method for Microsoft to assist expenses down. And despite the fact that it obtained’t be prepared to play video video games or Blu-ray motion pictures, the Xbox Sequence S might help 4K video output for streaming providers and merchandise, staunch treasure the Sequence X will. The reality is, Microsoft introduced Wednesday that each consoles might help Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR at launch for providers and merchandise comparable to Disney Plus, Netflix, and Vudu. The next-gen consoles may even get Dolby Imaginative and prescient assist for video video games in some unspecified time in the future in 2021, they usually additionally every attribute an HDMI 2.1 output for chopping-edge video facets comparable to variable refresh price and auto low-latency mode.
Each the Xbox Sequence S and Xbox Sequence X will launch Nov. 10 worldwide. Pre-orders will wander reside to bid the story Sept. 22.