The long wait is over! We’re finally getting our hands on Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on November 10.
The next-gen consoles are packed with new hardware capabilities that allow users to experience 4K gaming resolution at 120 Hz via its HDMI 2.1 output. If you’re wondering, you’ll need a new monitor that can support 4K resolution at 120 Hz for that.
But we’re not going to talk about the difference between the two new consoles. Instead, we’re going to make a detailed comparison between the previous-gen Xbox One X and the next-gen Xbox Series X.
Since both are capable of displaying 4K resolution, wouldn’t it be smarter to get the Xbox One X since it’s cheaper? And if you currently own an Xbox One X, is it going to be worth upgrading?
This article covers everything you need to know about the Xbox One X and the Xbox Series X to help you make the right investment.
Xbox One X vs Xbox Series X Specs Comparison
|Xbox Series X||Xbox One X|
|Processor||Eight-core 3.8GHz (3.6 GHz with SMT) custom AMD 7 nm||Eight-core 2.3 GHz custom AMD|
|Graphics Card||12 teraflops 1.825 GHz (locked)||Six teraflops 1172 MHz|
|RAM||16 GB GDDR6||12 GB GDDR5|
|Frame Rate||Up to 120 fps||Up to 60 fps|
|Resolution||Up to 8K||Up to 4K|
|Optical||HD Blu-ray disk drive||HD Blu-ray disk drive|
|Storage||1 TB NVMe SSD||1 TB HDD|
The Xbox One X, when compared to Sony’s PS4 Pro, is far superior in terms of performance, which makes it the best console available right now. If you’re specifically looking for the best in native HDR and 4K support, it is the console for you– at least until the next-gen consoles launch.
On November 10, 2020, Microsoft’s Xbox Series X will be available. And based on the spec sheet above, you can tell the next-gen console will take over the throne. But, you might be surprised to know that a One X is enough for your gaming needs. The same goes for those who currently own a One X because upgrading might not be worth it.
The best console for what you need doesn’t boil down to being the most powerful. You see, plenty of things have to be considered when choosing which console is the best for you. To make it all the more convenient for you, we made a detailed comparison in each aspect so you can finally decide at the end of the day which console is where your investment will make the most sense.
The Xbox Series X departs from the usual “flat on the surface” console design. But, even though it’s advertised to stand straight up, you can still lay it flat on its side.
One noticeable difference about the Series X is its considerably large size compared to the Xbox One X. If you’re planning to get a Series X, you’ll need a bigger space. On the plus side, the larger form factor is precisely engineered to dissipate heat more efficiently.
Considering that the Series X uses top-of-the-line hardware, we can forgive the design for making sure the console stays cool. On the other hand, even though it utilizes better ergonomics, you will still hear the internal fans working hard, making it noisy. The same can be said with the One X.
Probably the most notable difference between the two consoles is its graphics hardware. The Xbox Series X uses a more advanced graphical hardware– one that tops most entry-level computers with flying colors.
The Xbox One X falls behind in terms of graphical and processing performance, but it can still output 4K resolution at 60 frames per second.
Looking deeper into the spec sheet, the Series X has a whopping twelve teraflops of power at 1.825 GHz compared to the One X’s six teraflops at 1.172 GHz. Essentially, the graphical capabilities of the Series X are twice as powerful as the One X.
With that kind of power, you can almost guarantee that games will run natively in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second on the Series X. Unfortunately, the One X can only support a handful of game titles in native 4K. Moreover, you often have to choose between running the game in 60 frames per second or 4K resolution, not both.
Another thing that makes Series X far superior to the One X is that it uses real-time ray tracing technology. The ray-tracing feature makes the game look more realistic since lightings reflect like how it would in the real world. Unfortunately, the One X does not support this feature.
Processor and RAM
The jump in processing power on the new Xbox Series X is as good as a jump as the graphical processor. The Xbox One X and the Xbox Series X use a custom eight-core AMD processor, but the Xbox Series X’s eight-core AMD processor is based on the Zen 2 architecture.
The Xbox One X only runs at a maximum processing speed of 2.3 GHz per core, while the next-gen Xbox Series X runs at a whopping maximum of 3.8 GHz per core. It may not look like it, but the Xbox Series X is about four times faster and more efficient than Xbox One X in terms of power capacity.
Moreover, the Xbox Series X has 16 GB of GDDR6 RAM while the Xbox One X only has 12 GB of GDDR5 RAM. This jump in technology on top of having more memory means the system will load and respond faster.
If you’re going to compare the type of storage technology both consoles use, you will see how the new Xbox Series X furthers the gap.
You see, the Xbox Series X uses the new NVMe SSD technology, which is significantly faster in both read/write transfers than the traditional mechanical hard drive the Xbox One X uses. With an NVMe SSD at your disposal, you’ll see a considerable improvement in loading times.
But note that the Xbox One X also uses a 1 TB storage space that is completely fine for regular use. It still functions as it should– just significantly slower in general loading times.
In terms of expandability, both Xbox Series X and Xbox One X can be expanded. Yet another thing that the Xbox Series X has that the Xbox One X does not have is its dedicated, proprietary drive port on the rear. For users who want to increase storage using the proprietary expansion card, you can add 1 TB of storage space.
Xbox One X vs Xbox Series X Load Times
To give you an understanding of how fast the next-gen consoles load, below is a list of games and their respective load times on both consoles.
|Game Title||Xbox One X |
|Xbox Series X |
|CoD: Warzone||21 seconds||16 seconds|
|Sea of Thieves||1 minute, 21 seconds||20 seconds|
|Warframe||1 minute, 31 seconds||25 seconds|
|Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey||1 minute, 7 seconds||30 seconds|
|Destiny 2||1 minute, 52 seconds||43 seconds|
|Evil Within 2||43 seconds||33 seconds|
|Red Dead Redemption 2||1 minute, 35 seconds||52 seconds|
|The Outer Worlds||27 seconds||6 seconds|
|No Man’s Sky||2 minutes, 13 seconds||1 minute, 27 seconds|
The table above clearly shows how much faster games load on the Xbox Series X.
Xbox One X vs Xbox Series X Controller
Like every generation of console, the new Xbox Series X comes with a new wireless controller. At a glance, the controllers look the same as the previous iteration. But looking closely, you will notice how the new controller has a new “share” button.
Apart from the “share” button, you will also see how the design is revamped to achieve a more simplistic design. On the Xbox Series X controller, you’ll see how they ditched the curvy edges and went straight with a flat surface.
The four buttons on the right feel very similar to the old Xbox One X controller, but the D-pad gives a similar feel to the Xbox One Elite controller. The D-pad on the Xbox Series X also gives off a tactile, clicky sound.
You’ll also notice how the analog sticks on the Series X are deeper than the One X. This revamped design makes gripping better altogether.
The trigger buttons are also among the most anticipated changes about the new controller since they now feature a textured surface, providing a better feel. The bottom of the controller is even textured to allow a more secure grip.
Finally, the Xbox Series X controller now utilizes the USB Type-C connector for fast charging. And to significantly reduce input lag, the new controller uses a Dynamic Latency Input system, which essentially matches your button-press to frames on-screen.
Connectivity and Battery
The Xbox Series X controller still utilizes the same wireless standard they have been using since the Xbox One. This technology is what Microsoft calls Xbox Wireless Radio, their standard to ensure that new controllers work with little input lag.
Because Xbox Wireless Radio uses Bluetooth Low Energy, it’s faster and more reliable. Even though the controllers have the USB Type-C connector, which allows you to play and charge simultaneously, Microsoft still uses their tried-and-tested battery pack system.
Like the Xbox One controller, the battery pack is located on the controller’s bottom and will still use AA batteries. If you don’t like to replace them all the time, you will have to buy a rechargeable kit.
Games Accessories and Supported Games
If you’re wondering about compatibility, all your Xbox One accessories and most games will be compatible with the Xbox Series X. Unfortunately, compatibility won’t be as simple the other way around.
Now, if you just recently owned an Xbox One X, you will still be able to enjoy it for the next few years as Microsoft is committed to supporting and releasing games for the console.
To ensure you will enjoy your purchase, some of the games on Xbox One will get instant upgrades when you install them on the Series X. With the enhanced graphics and better loading times, your investment will indeed be worthwhile.
As for its Game Pass subscription service, it will still work on the new Xbox Series X.
Resolution and Home Entertainment Support
Both the Xbox One X and the Xbox Series X are equipped with a 4K Blu-ray drive and support Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision. They are also integrated with similar streaming apps and entertainment services.
However, the Xbox Series X will require an HDMI 2.1 cable to output 4K resolution at 120 frames per second. The Xbox One X uses the HDMI 2.0 cable and can output 4K only up to 60 frames per second.
If you have an 8K TV, the Xbox Series X can support resolutions of up to 8K.
The Xbox One X retailed for $499 when it was launched. The same goes for the Xbox Series X since it will also retail for $499 at launch.
Since it has been three years since the Xbox One X release, the price of the Xbox One X has gone down significantly. At the time of this writing, you can snag a brand-new Xbox One X for around $399.
PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Which one would you choose?
We’ve asked some gamers which console would they choose and here’s what they have to say.
“I would definitely choose the PS5 if it were given to me for free. While they’re both pretty similar in price and compatibility, I generally like the game library that Sony has to offer. I’m a huge RPG fan and the PlayStation always gets the best and biggest RPGs first. Final Fantasy XVI was announced as a PS5 exclusive, so that alone would make me choose a PS5 over Xbox Series X.”
“I would undoubtedly choose the PS5. The Xbox Series S – which I’ve pre-ordered – is low-cost and gives me access to the MS exclusives I really care about through Game Pass.
I’m yet to upgrade to 4k TV either, so this is an extremely cost-effective way of getting a taste of next-gen without having to go all in on the Series X.
That leaves the more expensive Sony console. Don’t get me wrong I’m excited about it, but I can’t justify investing in two next-gen machines at launch this year”
Founder Viva Flavor
“I would choose the Xbox one for a few reasons but mainly because of ‘Windows Mode’ which I think is a really cool feature and means that I can use it as a PC and Xbox depending on what I want to do. A lot of my friends also use xbox so being able to play with them is definitely a deciding factor.
I also really like the cross compatibility with previous gen and PC so I would be able to game with mates that might not have the newest gen.”
To be honest this is a slightly biased and subjective preference. Having owned every sony console since the first playstation. The PS5 is an obvious choice from a nostalgia and loyalty perspective. From an internal specs perspective there isn’t much to separate between the two next-generation consoles and its backwards compatibility with the titles on PS4 makes it our favored pick between the two.
Founder and Author at LeaguePingTest.com
One thing I learned a long time ago is that if it isn’t your money, you buy the video game system you like and not the one that your neighbor has or that everyone else is buying. With that being said, if I had a choice between the 2 new consoles, I think I would go with the Playstation 5 over the Xbox Series X. I have owned every next gen console going back to the original Playstation and I love everything Playstation/Sony. My favorite console was the Playstation 2 because it had the best games, a great controller, and I loved it’s simple and clean design, although I never owned one. Those who know me, know that I think the PS2 is the best console ever made.
Quite frankly, there is a cost involved with switching platforms. That cost being having to adjust to the slight differences in the system. Objectively, they are very close. But it’s just hard to change platform once you’re married to one.
Big Review Crew
Xbox Series X. I am a golfer and the gameplay of the best golf game PGA Tour 2K21 is better on Xbox Series X than on the Playstation 5. That’s why I think it’s better.
Hitting the Golf Ball
So, Which Console Is for You?
With all that laid out, the decision boils down to whether you want to get a cheaper console and upgrade down the line or invest heavily to experience next-generation gaming right away. If you want to get the very best of what the current generation has to offer, the Xbox One X is the answer for you.
On paper, it’s evident that the Xbox Series X is superior. But to optimize your experience, you will need to pair the Xbox Series X with a monitor that can support 4K resolution at 120 frames per second. If you don’t have a 4K monitor that can output 120 frames per second or don’t plan on getting one at all, you might as well get an Xbox One X instead.
You will also want to choose the Xbox Series X over Xbox One X if you are tired of the Xbox One X’s long loading times. Since the new Xbox Series X uses an NVMe SSD, things will feel snappier, especially loading times.
In terms of pricing, the Xbox One X is the more affordable option. It works well with most consumer monitors (those that support 4K resolution at 60 frames per second) and doesn’t require you to upgrade your monitor. Moreover, you can carry over most of your games when you decide to get an Xbox Series X in the future.
It was also confirmed that all of the Xbox One X accessories and controllers would work on the Xbox Series X. So, you can hang on to your Xbox One X peripherals until you can get yourself an Xbox Series X.