Which Xbox Series Console Is Right For You?

Next gen is right around the corner. It’s already October and the new consoles from Microsoft and Sony are launching next month. Time flew by from the time these top notch machines were announced or hinted at, right? Well either way, the time is upon us to choose which console we want to preorder or pick up in store when availability or allocations allow. That is what we will be looking at here, and if you are anything like me, then you may just need some help figuring out which Xbox to spend your money on.

I have to be the most indecisive human being in my group of friends and family unit when it comes to deciding which hot ticket item I want when they come about for sale or preorder. Especially when it comes to new game consoles. It’s not because I’m not certain I want them, or because I am uninformed. Quite the opposite actually. It has to do with a lot more than that. To name a few reasons it has to do with the price, the bang-for-your-buck of the investment, the exclusives of the first year and just how invested I am in the ecosystem. But in this case, we are looking at a single ecosystem that is married to two specific consoles of the next generation.

The Xbox Series X, the larger monolith of a big brother, and the Xbox Series S, which is going to be the most affordable way to jump into next gen. Both are stacking up to look like solid units. One of them is giving you a fully fledged next gen experience at a higher price point, and the other is giving you all of the basics of next gen ( give or take) at a lower price point. Lets go on and take a look at these two new Xbox consoles below. We’ll first look at the high end, Xbox Series X, and then at the entry level Xbox Series S:

Xbox Series X (499.99 MSRP)

The monolith that is the Xbox Series X.
  • 4k Ultra HD Gameplay and Video
  • High Dynamic Range
  • Xbox Smart Delivery
  • Backwards Compatibility
  • DirectX Ray Tracing Technology
  • Up to 120 Frames Per Second
  • GPU: 12 Teraflops of Graphical Processing Power
  • CPU: 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz
  • Storage: 1TB Custom SSD with Xbox Velocity Architecture
  • Memory: 16GB GDDR6 RAM
  • UHD Disk Drive

Xbox Series S (299.99 MSRP)

The All New Xbox Series S. Microsoft’s Affordable Next Gen Console.
  • Up to 1440p Gameplay with 4k Video
  • High Dynamic Range
  • Xbox Smart Delivery
  • Backwards Compatibility
  • DirectX Ray Tracing Support
  • Up to 120 Frames Per Second
  • GPU: 4 Teraflops of Graphical Processing Power
  • CPU: 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.6GHz
  • Storage: 512GB Custom SSD with Xbox Velocity Architecture
  • Memory: 10GB of GDDR6 RAM
  • No Disk Drive ( All Digital )

So Which One Should I Preorder? Or Should I Just Keep Using My Current Gen Xbox One?

This is where I’ll tell you what I tell everyone, and what I told people during the eighth generation of consoles. It depends. Why? Well a few reasons. If you want the best of the best in Xbox, and have a 4k TV or plan to upgrade to one, as well as the money to spend come November 10th, then the Xbox Series X is right for you. It’s for the enthusiast of gaming, technology and Xbox. You will hands down, see the most performance and many next generation leaps out of this console. This is also the console if you are keen on a physical collection or purchases of games. It’s the only upcoming Xbox with a disk drive on board. Something the Series S lacks. But do remember, it can run everything the Series S can. The Series X just does it better, and at the most expensive entry point. Overall, I consider the Series X the most obvious choice for those who will want it. If you are an enthusiast, as mentioned above, and you feel the need after reading up on this console, I imagine you’ll be preorder hunting soon.

Then you have the Xbox Series S. The smaller, sleeker and less costly unit of the upcoming generation of console gaming. In our books here at Generation Xbox, we believe putting this console on the market at the price point it stands at, was a banging move for Microsoft. Heck, it’s a banging option for the consumer too. Right now, many a lovely gamer are a bit low on money and this is a great option for them if they want to dive into the new generation of games without blowing half a grand on an upgrade.

However, the Series S is good for another demographic as well. It is an ideal console for those who mostly play the yearly releases, such as Call of Duty, Madden, 2k or even Fortnite or Apex Legends. If that is you, the Series S will do you justice and then some. This Xbox will play all of them beautifully with high end visuals for years and years to come. But we have to also remember, this console only has half the storage of the Xbox Series X. That means that if you like to go between a dozen or so games installed on your Xbox, then this isn’t for you. That is unless you want to buy the 220 USD storage unit to plug into the back for another 1TB of space. But if so, maybe the Series X is better for you anyways?

If you don’t need the space because you don’t have a dozen or so games installed at once, and you don’t care or need a fully fledged 4k experience with your games, then pair that with what is said above, and the Xbox Series S may just be for you.

Should I Just Keep My Xbox One Instead?

The last item to look at is if it is even worth the upgrade at all. Especially if you are currently content with your Xbox One and not itching and waiting for launch day of the Series X|S. If that is you, and even if it isn’t, do know that the launch day game, Halo Infinite, was delayed until next year. Most of the heavy hitters this holiday and next year are already set to be cross generational titles, and Microsoft has pledged at least two more full years of support for the Xbox One family. Plus, it’s hard to get your hands on a Series X|S preorder right now. Considerably hard. Many are without or pulling out their hair trying to find one, and that may not be worth it to you. If so, your Xbox One will do you good for some time to come.

The True Value is in the Ecosystem

To end, I do have to say that all of these consoles have a few things in common, just as they have quite a bit different from one another, but the best thing that won’t be going anywhere is Game Pass. It’s known as the “best deal in gaming” or the soon to be “Netflix of Games”, and those are pretty spot on terms. You get well, and I mean well, over one hundred titles for under 15 USD.

With the new Microsoft announcement that they intend to acquire Zenimax and Bethesda, you can count on some hot titles showing up in the future, whether you are playing on the Series X, Series S or an Xbox One. PC too! So if anything, just remember, Game Pass will keep you comfortable for months, if not years to come. It’s never been a better time to get into the Xbox ecosystem no matter where to prefer to play.


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