Alright ladies, let’s dive into the new Xbox consoles coming out later this year. To say that the Xbox series X/S is a different type of beast to deal with as opposed to the PS5 is a bit of an understatement. I know the die-hards have been chomping at the bit, so let’s get into it!!!
The Xbox Series consists of 2 versions: the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S. They are as much alike as they are vastly different. Let’s take a look:
|Xbox Series X||Xbox Series S|
|CPU||Custom AMD Zen 2, 8-core 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz with SMT)||Custom AMD Zen 2, 8-core 3.6 GHz (3.4 GHz with SMT)|
|GPU||Custom RDNA 2, 12.15 TFLOP, 52 CU at 1.825 GH||Custom RDNA 2, 4 TFLOP, 20 CU at 1.565 GHz|
|RAM||16 GB GDDR6 320-bit||10 GB GDDR6|
|Storage||1 TB PCie Gen 4 NVME SSD||512 GB PCie Gen 4 NVME SSD|
|I/O Throughput||2.4 GB/s (raw), 4.8 GB/s (compressed)||2.4 GB/s (raw), 4.8 GB/s (compressed)|
|External Storage||1 TB expansion card, USB HDD support||1 TB expansion card, USB HDD support|
|Physical Media||4K UHD Blu-ray drive||Digital Only|
|Output Resolution||4K at 60 fps||1440p at 60 fps (with upscaling)|
|Price||$499 or $34.99/month for 24 months||$299 or $24.99/month for 24 months|
Now, just looking at the specs, the Series X is the faster, better console with a physical disc drive as well as the ability to play games digitally, but comes at a cost of an extra $200.
Both versions will be released on 11/10/2020, unlike the roll out for the PlayStation 5.
What’s going on with those prices?
Let’s breakdown what is up with the prices for both versions of the Xbox Series:
Why is there an option to pay a monthly fee?
This is a new approach for pricing. You can pay a monthly fee that will include the system, controller, an Ultra-Highspeed HDMI cable, and a subscription to Xbox All Access. I see some pro and cons to this:
- Don’t have to pay $499 or $299 upfront, which is very economical for parents looking for Christmas gifts.
- Xbox All Access is included in the monthly fee, which gives you Xbox Live Ultimate and access to new games Day 1.
- To qualify for the monthly payment options, you have to be approved for Citizens One Line of Credit with 0% APR and has to be for a 24-month term.
- The overall cost of both systems, while using this method for 24 months is $839.76 and $599.76, respectively
- What are the consequences of missing a payment……..it’s unknown. I have not been able to find out what happens, but more than likely it would be a hit against your credit report since you ARE financing the console (pure speculation).
When it comes to games, it looks pretty good. Here are some of the games announced:
- Hellblade 2: Senua’s Saga (exclusive) – no release date
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
- Fable (exclusive) – no release date
It’s kinda slim pickings for now, but there will probably be more as we get closer to launch date.
I’m gonna pick up the Series X, but not Day 1. I am a HUGE Fable fan and the backwards compatibility makes for a good buy, but I’ll happily save up my money to get the system outright rather than do the finance plan. I can go ahead and pay for Xbox Live separately until the All Access becomes worth the value.
Let me know what you think by leaving a comment!