Xbox Series X vs Xbox One: Specs, Price, Controller, Services, Power And More
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Xbox Series X vs Xbox One: Specs, Price, Controller, Services, Power And More

Lloyd Coombes
11 April 2020

Xbox Series X is coming, but what can it do that the Xbox One can't?

The Xbox Series X will arrive this year meaning the new console generation is just months away.

The PS5 vs Xbox Series X debate rages on but how far has the new Xbox console come?

If you're a dedicated Xbox fan or have been swayed by Microsoft's recent pro-consumer moves, here's how the new console compares to the current generation.

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Xbox One Vs Xbox Series X

Here's how the consoles stack up in comparison to each other.

Specs

  Xbox One S Xbox One X Xbox Series X
CPU 8-core 1.775GHz Jaguar CPU Eight-core 2.3GHz custom AMD Eight-core 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT) custom AMD 7nm
GPU 1.23 teraflops 914MHz Six teraflops 1172 MHz

12 teraflops 1.825GHz (locked)
RAM 8GB DDR3 12GB GDDR5

16GB GDDR6
Frame Rate Up to 60 fps Up to 60 fps Up to 120 fps
Resolution Up to 1080p (with 4K video streaming) Up to 4K Up to 8K
Optical Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Drive Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Drive Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Drive
Storage 500GB/1TB HDD 1TB HDD 1TB NVMe SSD

 

Games

This one is a nice easy one – if you can play a game on the Xbox One, you'll be able to play it on an Xbox Series X.

That means Xbox One and backwards compatible Xbox 360 and original Xbox games will be playable on the Series X, often with prettier graphics.

Then there are upcoming titles. With Halo: Infinite due to launch alongside the Series X, as well as Hellblade: Sennua's Saga, we'd expect Microsoft's recent buying spree of new studios to result in some heavy hitters.

Worried about having to buy a game twice? Developers like CD Projekt Red have confirmed that players that purchase Cyberpunk 2077 will get its eventual Xbox Series X upgrade/version at no extra cost. This will operate on a developer/publisher basis, but we'd hope it'll become the norm going forward.

Price

This one is a little up in the air at present because we don't know what the Series X will cost. There are even rumours of a cheaper 'Series S' that's yet to be unveiled.

As far as the Xbox One goes, it's an incredibly attractive value proposition – long gone is the bulky Xbox One that required Kinect and cost more than the PS4 at launch.

In fact, you can regularly find the Xbox One S for around £170, or the powerful, 4K-capable Xbox One X for less than £300. Both also double as 4K Blu-Ray players, too.

If you're all in on Xbox Game Pass, you can even get an Xbox One S without a disc drive (the All-Digital Edition) for even less.

 

Services

Another nice and easy one, Xbox's premier Game Pass offering will carry across to the next console – meaning Microsoft first-party titles will be available as part of a low monthly membership fee.

Consider this – buy an Xbox Series X and subscribe to Game Pass, and you'll be able to play Halo: Infinite at launch, as well as the inevitable Forza title that launches alongside it. That's very impressive indeed.

Of course, the same can be said of the Xbox One. Subscribers can hop into the likes of Gears 5, State of Decay 2, Forza Horizon 4 and plenty more, all as part of their membership.

Power

This is where the Xbox Series X takes the win, with the upcoming software slated to be eight times as powerful as the original Xbox One console and twice as powerful as the Xbox One X – the most powerful console currently available.

With 12 Teraflops of power (currently surpassing the PS5's 10.28 Teraflops) and system-level 'Ray-Tracing' (a graphics technique that helps make more believable worlds by mapping individual rays of light), there's a good chance it'll be the new king of console power.

That's not all, as the console's internal SSD (solid-state drive) should reduce loading times considerably – although it will require proprietary memory cards to expand, and we don't know how much these will cost. Meanwhile, the Xbox One consoles support USB hard drives (although you'll be able to play older titles from these on the Series X, too).

That SSD also allows players to 'Quick Resume', booting into games and switching what they're currently playing within seconds, each game picking up exactly where you left off. 

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