Is Xbox Series S worth it? The cheapest route to next-gen gaming
Is 2023 the right time to buy an Xbox Series S? We take a deep dive.
Already the cheapest next-gen console on the market, the Xbox Series S has a recommended retail price of just £249.99 - but is it worth the money? We've gone all in to find out the answer for you.
The slightly strange-looking Xbox Series S is heralded as the smallest Xbox ever, and is completely disc-less.
Offering digital-only gaming, the budget version of the Xbox Series X hit the market on November 10th 2020 - but two years on, is it still worth its price tag? Read on to find out!
Is the Xbox Series S worth it? Here's what we think
In short, yes - and here at RadioTimes.com, we would say that the Xbox Series S is worth buying, especially considering that you can currently get the Xbox Series S on Amazon for the bargain price £247.83.
Smaller, lighter and easier on the eye (let's be real, it looks cool and takes up zero space) than the other current consoles, the Series S is an excellent way to get yourself gaming in 2023.
First off, you just cannot argue the price. The Xbox Series S is truly the most budget-friendly next-gen console out there at just £249.99 - while its big brother the Xbox Series X comes in at a weighty £449. Meanwhile, a PS5 is soaring above £500 in some instances.
The crucial argument here? Despite coming in at a super low price point in comparison, the Series S can play all the same games as the more expensive Xbox Series X.
As well as saving money, you'll also save on shelf space - the Xbox Series S is completely disc-less so you need to buy all your games digitally.
The surprisingly powerful console is also very compact - making it perfect for travel as the world opens up.
Although with the cheaper price comes less powerful specs than the Series X (supporting only 1440p resolution with 4K upscaling), the Series S still has the same 3.6GHz CPU as its more expensive counterpart - which is seriously impressive for a £249 price point - as well as a 4 teraflop GPU and 10GB of RAM.
Super speedy loading times at a budget price? We'll compromise on the slightly lower storage option.
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