How powerful is the new Xbox?

How much more powerful is the Xbox Series X compared with the series S?
13 December 2020

Interview with 

Leigh Milner, Naked Gaming Podcast


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Leigh Milner looks at the technology inside the latest two Xbox consoles.

Leigh Milner - Microsoft have repeatedly called it “the most powerful console ever…”

It’s £450 for the Xbox Series X, and £250 for the Series S… there’s quite a big price difference between the two models.

But why?

The Series X has 1 terabyte of storage, the S has half that. So you can’t download as many games... and the games for this next generation are BIG!

Here’s a word that you might not know - “teraflop”. If you don’t know what it is… 1 teraflop means a computer can process 1 trillion calculations a second.

The Series X has 12 teraflops of processing power. That’s a lot. The Series S has 4 teraflops.

The Series X can play games in true 4k resolution. That’s good. The Series S can only get up to 1440p, which is respectable, but we’ve got a 4k TV.

You get a blu-ray dvd drive with your X. You don’t with the S - as a result… all your gaming has to be disc-free. Which is strange because as I said before, it only comes with half a terabyte of storage.

The Series S is also half the size of the Series X… but no one is buying the next generation of consoles based on how big the box is.

At the end of the day… it doesn’t matter how much power there is, but how it’s used. And with so few new games on the market… a lot of the systems’ potential remains to be seen.


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