Microsoft is set to release its newest generation of Xbox on the 10th of November worldwide. The newest generation of Xbox is very much anticipated by gamers and tech enthusiasts worldwide. The pre-order starts on the 22nd of September but the source to order it from remains a mystery for people in India with Amazon most likely being the stakeholder of the space.
Microsoft revealed Xbox Series S a week back showing that the console is 60% smaller than the Xbox Series X and is priced as Rs.22,000 before local taxes, import rates and shipping charges.
Today, Microsoft released the official pricing of Xbox Series X and Series S in India on a Facebook post. The prices were revealed for several countries as well. Series X costs $499 (about Rs. 36,600) in the US, CA$599 (about Rs. 33,400) in Canada, AU$749 (about Rs. 40,000) in Australia,£449 (about Rs. 42,800) in the UK, and NZ$799 (about Rs. 39,200) in New Zealand.
The series S costs $299 (about Rs. 22,000) in the US, CA$379 (about Rs. 21,200) in Canada, AU$499 (about Rs. 26,600) in Australia, and NZ$549 (about Rs. 26,950) in New Zealand.
Spec Comparison Between Xbox Series X and Series S
|Xbox Series X||Xbox Series S|
|Resolution||4K at 60fps and up to 120fps||1440p at 60fps and up to 120fps|
|Price||Rs. 49,900||Rs. 34,950|
|CPU||Custom 8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU (3.8GHz)||Custom 8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU (3.6GHz)|
|GPU||Custom AMD RDNA 2 GPU 52 CUs (1.825 GHz)||Custom AMD RDNA 2 GPU 20 CUs (1.565GHz)|
|GPU Power||12.14 Teraflops||4 Teraflops|
|RAM||16GB GDDR6||10GB GDDR6|
|Storage||1TB PCie Gen 4 NVME SSD + 1TB expansion||512GB PCie Gen 4 NVME SSD + 1TB expansion|
|Memory bandwidth||10 GB at 560 GB/s, 6 GB at 336 GB/s||8 GB at 224GB/s, 2 GB at 56GB/s|
|Dimensions||151 x 151 x 301 mm (5.94 x 5.94 x 11.85 inches)||60% smaller than series X|
Xbox Series S is aiming for full HD TVs with potential to scale up to 4K in future. The series X almost has 3 times the GPU performance power but both the models use the same CPU enabling them to perform ray tracing, variable-rate shading and mesh shading.
Microsoft has worked on software as much as the hardware to deliver an immersive experience. Users can expect a rather interesting overhaul with a new dashboard and user interface as part of what Microsoft calls the new Xbox Experience. Microsoft says that with the new Xbox Experience, the Home screen or the Dashboard will load about 50 per cent faster when you boot your Xbox than it does in its current iteration and will be almost 30 per cent faster to load when you’re returning from a game while using 40 per cent lesser memory which means more resources are available for apps and games to load faster.
“The new Xbox look and feel is designed to be faster to use, more approachable and visually appealing. This holiday it will be shared across all Xbox mobile apps, Xbox Game Pass on PC, and of course Xbox One and Xbox Series X consoles. Text is more readable, elements on the screen are easier to understand at a glance, and accomplishing your tasks is faster than ever. This includes tile shape, fonts, updated illustration style, and more,” says Chris Novak, Head of Xbox Research & Design.
Microsoft has rolled out the Family Safety app for Android phones and the Apple iPhone, which will let parents get insights on the activity of their child, across multiple devices by logging activity on Windows PCs, Android phones and the Xbox console, all synced up. Parents can set time limits for apps and games and specific apps can be completely blocked as well.
Microsoft also unveiled that they will be bringing EA play to the Xbox Game Pass enabling Xbox users to pray the EA catalogue with their friends.