The Xbox Series S surprised everyone when it was first announced, and now after months of testing and playing, most are happy with their investments in Microsoft’s budget option. The Series S has got overwhelmingly positive reviews and not without good reason, as it offers budget gamers a leap into next-gen gaming with very little compromises.
Easier to get then the a GPU, Xbox Series X and the PS5
Half way through 2021 and consoles and box-packed GPUs are still a rarity. It’s hard to find them and even where they are available, they are a ‘little’ overpriced for the budget gamer. Chip shortages are still at an all-time high so stock is limited. However, the Xbox Series S is still not that hard to find, and even available at a ‘decent’ price considering how prices are these days. One can get an Xbox Series S for about 60,000 PKR and even close to 50,000 PKR if one is lucky. Only 10k above the MSRP doesn’t sound like a bad deal at all.
Gamepass – A small price for a whole library of games
The ‘Netflix of games’ is what some people called Gamepass when it first came out and they were not wrong. For only $1.00 (167 PKR), the user gets 3 months of Gamepass Ultimate which has a library full of latest games from Microsoft, EA, and other publishers. After the first three months, it’s $15 (2500 PKR) a month but most can find codes available at much cheaper prices in the online market. This also helps users play games which they don’t want to spend $60 on but still want to try the game, as it all comes in a single membership. Games like Microsoft Simulator, Jedi Fallen Order, Battlefield V, Control and many others are included in the membership.
For the price one pays for this membership, the performance is incredible. The Xbox Series S performs flawlessly and has a Quick Resume feature which would allow players to get into a game with almost zero delay. Three games can be enabled to have a Quick Resume feature and it’s great for those who get short spans of time to game before they get busy again. When it comes to graphics, the Xbox Series S renders games at 1440p instead of 4K like the next-gen consoles. However, even on a 65-inch screen the display is nice as it’s upscaled to 4K and there is no significant jarring that could be considered as a deal-breaker.
RTX on a budget
One of the shining features of the Xbox Series S is that it supports ray tracing and handles it pretty well too. When ray tracing is enabled the Series S runs the game at 30fps, however, the effect it has on the visuals of the game is stunning and greatly improves the overall experience. Here’s a video of Watch Dogs: Legion being played on the Series S with RTX on:
Xbox Series S – Quiet and Compact
The Series S is one of the smallest consoles from Microsoft and when compared to the other next-gen consoles such as the Series X and the PS5, the difference is overwhelming as can be seen on the picture below. The design is aesthetically pleasing as well and a lot less imposing than other consoles, fitting perfectly into a minimal room décor. The fan runs quiet and even though some spinning can be heard in the quietest of rooms, it stays silent enough for a pleasant gaming experience.
The Xbox Series S is a godsend for budget gamers who are looking to jump into the next-gen without breaking the bank, and for the performance it offers at its current price point, it’s a deal few would refuse. Pair the Xbox Series S with a Gamepass membership and gain a nice value-for-money window into the world of next-gen gaming.
In other news, Xbox just made one of the best games of all time completely free. You can read about it right here.