Was the Xbox Series S really necessary?

I don’t know about you but aren’t the current consoles powerful enough?


  • CPU: 8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU @ 3.6GHz (3.4GHz with SMT enabled)
  • GPU: AMD RDNA 2 GPU, 20 compute units @ 1.565GHz
  • GPU power: 4 TFLOPS
  • SoC: Custom 7nm Enhanced SoC
  • RAM: 10GB GDDR6 (8GB @ 224GB/s, 2GB @ 56GB/s)
  • Performance target: 1440p @ 60fps, up to 120fps
  • Storage: 512GB PCIe Gen 4 NVME SSD (2.4GB/sec uncompressed, 4.8GB/s compressed)
  • Expandable storage: 1TB Expansion Card (matches same spec as internal)
  • Display out: HDMI 2.1
  • Ray-tracing support
  • No disc drive
  • Dolby Vision and Atmos gaming

  • CPU Custom CPU @ 2.3 GHz, 8 cores
  • Graphics Custom GPU @ 1.172 GHz, 40 CUs, Polaris features, 6.0 TFLOPS
  • RAM 12GB of GDDR5 RAM @ 6.8GHz w/ 326 GB/s bandwidth
  • Storage Starting at 1TB HDD
  • Connections and expansions HDMI-in; HDMI-out; 1x front-facing USB 3.0; 2x rear-facing USB 3.0; IR receiver/blaster; SPDIF digital audio; Ethernet (IEEE 802.3 10/100/1000)
    Wireless Wireless IEEE 802.11ac dual band; (5GHz & 2.4GHz); Dedicated dual band Xbox Wireless radio
  • Power supply 245W, Internal
  • Disk drive 4K UHD Blu-ray drive
  • Surround Sound Supported:
    DTS, DTS:X, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD
  • HD Streaming: Yes
  • Features 4K game DVR

Over the years gaming consoles has proved that power is a great thing but the what matters most of all is the games.
Nes, Snes, Sega Genesis, Saturn, Dreamcast, PS1 and PS2 to name a few had the most fantastic games ever made and even many of those games today have been ported to the next gen systems.
Them classics were so much fun and memorable despite their simple 2D and square-ish 3D graphics but they still were very entertaining.

Games today require more power like Shadow of the Tomb Raider or Red Dead R2, but i ask:
How much power do you really need for a great game?

I’m not be a tech wiz but it seems to me the Xbox Series S is unnecessary.

They say XSS is really for running XSX games in 1080p instead of 4k, yet the Xbox One X does true 4k.
If they would tone down a game to run on XSS then it should of been toned down for Xbox One X.
Makes sense to me especially if you already own a Xbox One X you should be able to run any Xbox Series S game in 1080p.
As a XB1 owner, i can understand how one would feel left out by having to purchase another console with some specs lower, same and slightly higher than your current gaming console.
The specs between the 2 above look pretty much the same but i guess it is all about updated technology and money of course.