Xbox Series X vs. Xbox Series S: What’s the difference?

This week, Microsoft was the first to cave in revealing prices for next-gen consoles and in the process confirmed rumors that they would be releasing two different models and two different price points.

Ladies, men and gentlepeople, we have just over two months until the launch of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on November 10, 2020. So what’s the difference?

The biggest and most obvious difference (aside from size) is the price: The Xbox Series X is officially confirmed to retail for $499 and the Xbox Series S will launch alongside it at $299.

The cost difference comes down to some scaled down hardware between the two consoles which includes no disc-drive, meaning the Xbox Series S is all-digital only. Physically, the consoles reflect the difference in specs.

You can look at the spec differences in this chart provided by Microsoft: 

Both consoles will launch on November 10, 2020.

Pre-orders open on September 22 with financing options available through Xbox All Access. Microsoft says that Xbox All Access will be expanded to an additional 12 countries this holiday season with more to come in 2021.