Coming to the Xbox Series S’ game controller, here you see a significant improvement over the previous iteration. The game controller features an improved D-pad, texture on the triggers and bumpers button for enhanced grip, and a new share button for the quick screenshot feature. Besides, there is the USB-C port for wired connectivity and battery charging. Surprisingly, the Xbox Series S comes with non-rechargeable AA batteries and you cannot use USB-C cable to use the controller without batteries.
The Xbox Series S is a Microsoft Zen 2 architecture-based octa-core processor, capable of hitting up to 3.6GHz operating frequency. The processor is paired with 10GB GDDR6 RAM and 512GB custom-built NVME SSD. Visuals are handled by RDNA 2 graphic chip, capable of rendering up to four-teraflop per second (TFLOPS).
Technical details aside, the Xbox Series S is a competent gaming console for playing games at 1080p resolution. Important to note that the Xbox Series S supports up to 1440p resolution, but there currently are few gaming titles that natively support this resolution. The Xbox Series S, connected with a 4K screen, can upscale 1080p content to 4K resolution, which does not deliver the same experience as games with native 4K resolution support. Nevertheless, gaming at 1080p resolution is good, unless you are a power gaming user looking for top-notch experience. Speaking of power features, the Xbox Series S support 120 frames-per-second (FPS) gaming and it manages to hit the numbers in supported games like ‘Gears 5’ (versus Multiplayer mode).
As for features, the Xbox Series S has a quick-resume function which lets you resume the play from where you left off in any of the games you last played on the console. Unfortunately, there is not enough available storage space (364GB) to download more than seven games (popular titles) to the console. There is a storage card slot to expand the storage by another 1TB (Seagate expansion card only) but the card is expensive (around Rs 50,000) and not easily available in India.
Priced at Rs 34,990, the Xbox Series S is an affordable gaming console which is good for beginners but not for power users. It makes a perfect gaming console for newbies to experience the console quality gaming. However, existing gaming console users, especially those with stock of Xbox game discs, would find this digital-only model less attractive. The Xbox Series S is a competent gaming console but it comes with too many caveats like limited on-board storage, no USB-C port, no Wi-Fi 6, no 4K resolution support, etc.
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