By: Frank Hyden
“Xbox All Access is the easiest way to get the best of Xbox. Xbox All Access provides an Xbox Series X, or Series S, along with 24 months of the full Xbox Game Pass Ultimate experience. In total, that means you get access to:
The next-generation Xbox console of your choice
Over 100 high-quality games to play on console, including next-gen Optimized games
Over 100 high-quality games to play on PC
An EA Play membership to play more than 60 of EA’s biggest and best console and PC games
And over 100 games to play from the cloud
That’s all with no upfront costs and a low monthly price. Xbox Series S will be available starting from $24.99 a month for 24 months and Xbox Series X will be available starting from $34.99 a month for 24 months.”
This Xbox All Access stuff is fantastic. Doing some quick math-
Xbox Series S-$299
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription- $15 a month for 24 months is $360
So the total is about $659.
The Xbox All Access cost for the Xbox Series S is $25 a month for 24 months, or $600. So, you save money. Of course, there’s a credit check and you’re locked into the contract and there are penalties if you don’t hold up your end of the bargain and all that kind of stuff, but it’s cheaper by $60 than buying the system outright. You save $20 on the Xbox Series X ($500 + $360 for Game Pass Ultimate compared to $35 for 24 months, or $840). This is a great deal for people who are eligible.
Here are the specs for each system-
As you can see, the CPU is just slightly slower. The real difference in terms of power is in the GPU and the RAM. There’s far less CU’s and they run slower. And there’s less RAM and it’s slower. The main thing with that is the resolution. The Series X is targeting 4K at 60fps, or up to 120fps. The Series S is targeting 1440p at 60fps, up to 120fps. So much of the difference is because of this. If you don’t have a 4K TV or don’t care as much about that kind of stuff, the Series S is for you.
There is one other difference, though. The SSD in the Series S is almost half the size of the Series X. So you’re not going to have as much room for your games. Though I do wonder if the SSD won’t be a bigger issue in the Series X, despite its larger size, because of it going for 4K? Either way, hard drive size will be a major issue this generation because the PlayStation 5 has a small hard drive as well (825GB for the PS5). Regardless of any issues, new console launches are always exciting and it’s nice to have options.
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