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Xbox Series S Hard Drive Size Confirmed To Help Keep Price Low

Xbox Series S Hard Drive Size Confirmed To Help Keep Price Low

Microsoft has confirmed that the 512GB Xbox Series S hard drive is the size it is to help keep the cost of the console low. The cheaper next-gen console was announced last week, and will launch on November 10th for £250 - an impressive alternative to the £449 Xbox Series X.

Of course this lower cost comes with some technical concessions - and now we have a better idea of just what they are. Speaking in a leaked Xbox press briefing, head of platform engineering and hardware Liz Hamren said that the 512GB limit is to keep the Xbox Series S at the affordable price point we've all been so amazed by.

Xbox Series X / Credit: Microsoft
Xbox Series X / Credit: Microsoft

"When we move to SSD technology we get much, much higher performance, but of course that performance comes at a higher cost. Of course, more storage is always better, so we were trying to balance storage drive size as well as cost and we landed on 512[GB]," explains Hamren.

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"The Series S also supports the Seagate expansion card, and you can always connect your USB 3.1 drive for additional storage. And we've been working on a number of software features to help you more seamlessly manage your game library between the cloud and your console."

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We also know that the Xbox Series S doesn't support 4K, meaning that any older Xbox games that have been enhanced for the Xbox One X won't support said enhancements on the Series S. However, it's similar in CPU and has the identical I/O performance as Xbox Series X. In short, it's still a genuinely beefy little console that boasts some serious tech for the amount you're actually paying for it.

Halo Infinite / Credit: Microsoft
Halo Infinite / Credit: Microsoft

"The primary difference between Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S is in resolution," Microsoft explains. "Through talking to our customers, we found that many of our fans prioritise framerate over resolution, so we wanted to build a console that didn't require a 4K TV. Xbox Series S delivers approximately 3x the GPU performance of Xbox One and was designed to play games at 1440p at 60 frames per second, with support for up to 120fps."

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Fair enough. I don't personally know that many people who are arsed about 4K, and I'd personally always opt for framerate over resolution if given the choice... especially if there's around £200 difference in it.

I think I might have just decided which next-gen Xbox I'm going for, guys.

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Topics: Next-Gen, News, Xbox Series X, Microsoft

Ewan Moore

Journalist at GAMINGbible who still quite hasn’t gotten out of my mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), I went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis.