Let's talk about Microsoft's new console

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 console:

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 XXbox Series S
CPUCustom 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)
GPUCustom RDNA 2, 12.15 TFLOP, 52 CU at 1.825 GHCustom RDNA 2, 4 TFLOP, 20 CU at 1.565 GHz
RAM16 GB GDDR6 320-bit10 GB GDDR6
Storage1 TB PCie Gen 4 NVME SSD512 GB PCie Gen 4 NVME SSD
I/O Throughput2.4 GB/s (raw), 4.8 GB/s (compressed)2.4 GB/s (raw), 4.8 GB/s (compressed)
External Storage1 TB expansion card, USB HDD support1 TB expansion card, USB HDD support
Physical Media4K UHD Blu-ray driveDigital Only
Output Resolution4K at 60 fps1440p at 60 fps (with upscaling)
ColorBlackWhite
Backwards CompatibilityYesYes
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.


Release Dates:

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:

PROS:

  • 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.

CONS:

  • 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).

Games:

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.


Final Thoughts:

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!

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