Rising Inflation & Energy Prices: Is It the Perfect Time to Buy an Xbox Series S Now?
Unlike Sony with the PS5, Microsoft handled it a little differently when the new Xbox was released about two years ago. In addition to the flagship Xbox Series X the Redmond-based company also released the much more compact and technically a bit slimmed down Xbox Series S.
But although the smaller Xbox received a lot of criticism when it was released and for many was more of a third wheel on the wagon of the new generation of consoles, there are quite a few good reasons that speak for the little sister of the Series X.
The ninja of consoles
Let’s start with what is probably the most striking fact: the form factor. To sum it up in a few words, the Series S is very small, compact and also whisper-quiet. In times of expensive living space, this is a bonus point that should no longer be underestimated.
The dimensions of the little sister of the Series X amount to concrete 275mm × 151mm × 63.5mm. This completes the Series S 60 percent smaller than the Series X with a weight of approx 1.93kg (Series X: around 4.46 kg). This makes it easy to hide the Xbox console in your living room or gaming room or take it with you when you travel.
A true power dwarf
If you expect a noticeable limitation due to the clear dimensions, you are wrong. Because the Series S is a small powerhouse despite its smaller volume and weaker specifications.
After all, the inner values consist of a Zen 2 processor (8 cores) that clocks at 3.6 GHz (3.8 GHz for the Series X), a graphics processor with a performance of 4 TFLOPS and 10 GB GDDR6 RAM. You will also look in vain for a drive. But if you haven’t used optical discs for a long time, this shouldn’t be a problem. In addition, this saves weight and space and no additional noise can arise.
Specifically, you have to do without a 4K resolution at 60 fps with the Series S, but there is at least 1440p (WQHD) at 60 fps up to 120 fps and 4K scaling.
Since the textures on the Series S are also less high-resolution, the smaller console is in terms of things loading time the more powerful Series X sometimes even think, and games use less internal memory. So it doesn’t have to be 4K right away, you’ll find a very good compromise with the Xbox Series S.
Series S and Xbox Game Pass are a dream couple
As already mentioned, the Series S is limited to purely digital content. In combination with the very good and extensive Xbox Game Pass however, this makes for a pretty powerful combination. The console and Game Pass are made for each other and therefore complement each other perfectly.
For a small monthly fee you can try numerous games and thanks Quick Resume even switch back and forth almost seamlessly between them. Although the hard drive is only 512 GB, that only plays a minor role in this case.
Many of the titles like the two Unravel– and original-Offshoots, “Celeste”, “Fe” or the co-op adventure A way out are very frugal and only eat up a small portion of your hard drive at a time. And if you’ve played through a title or don’t feel like it anymore, you can quickly load the next game.
So if it doesn’t always have to be gigabyte heavyweights like the latest CoD, then you and the Xbox Series S will almost certainly become best friends!
Perhaps the most important reason!
While inflation is raging in Germany and around the world and is not likely to flatten out in the foreseeable future, console manufacturers such as Sony are increasing the prices of their hardware. So if you don’t want to spend 500 to 550 euros for a modern game console (which is hardly available anyway), you might be grateful for one or the other offer.
It’s a good thing that the price of the Xbox Series S is significantly reduced in MediaMarkt’s online shop during Black Friday Week. So far, the smaller Xbox has become the MSRP of 299 euros offered. However, you can currently buy the console at MediaMarkt for the new best price of only 222 euros order. This saves you a whopping 26 percent compared to the RRP.
For this low price you get a top console with which you can play all the latest games A Plague Tale: Requiem (also in Xbox Game Pass), Gotham Knights or Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 can gamble smoothly. And if you don’t want to give yourself a present, then this offer might be a good way to make your loved ones happy at Christmas.