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Nov. 10 is just two weeks away, which means the lucky ones who snagged a preorder for either theor will soon be playing their next-gen Microsoft console. CNET has review units of both consoles, and here we're taking a look at the Xbox Series S.
The Series S is smaller, less powerful and, perhaps most importantly, cheaper than the Series X. It'll cost you $300, £250 or AU$499, as compared to the Series X's $500, £450 or AU$749. To get that lower price, the Series S games at 1440p rather than 4K.: It's all digital, meaning no disc drive, and it'll play
What's in the box?
- Xbox Series S console
- Xbox wireless controller
- Two AA batteries
- HDMI cable
- Power cord
We've not yet had time to fully explore theor , but a few details jumped out as I set up this next-gen Xbox.
When you first open the Series S box, you'll be struck by how small it is
Part of that is an optical illusion: It's around the same height and width as a standard PlayStation 4, but looks slighter because it's a clean slab. Thedemands everyone know you've got a gaming machine in the house, but the sparseness that makes the Series S look small also .
The controller is super comfortable
It's a little thing, but the Xbox Wireless Controller is adorned with hundreds of tiny studs on the back and side, which makes gripping it much more comfortable and, in a strange way, satisfying. I've yet to get in any long sessions on the console, but I suspect it'll make extended stretches of gaming easier on the hands. The direction pad also has an eight-way rocker, rather than the previous four-way one.
The Series S is about a half the size of the Series X
As the price and specs suggest, the Series S is by far the smallest of all the next-gen boxes. The Series X is taller and much wider than the Series S, and both theare bigger than the Xbox Series X. (But, notably, it's not much more voluminous.)
More on the PS5 and Xbox Series X soon, including full reviews and detailed buying advice.