Microsoft Xbox Series S

Microsoft Xbox Series S

Quick Description

This compact, cost-reduced edition of the Xbox Series X does away with the BluRay drive and the extra horsepower required to run games at 4K resolution. If you`re already used to buying your games from the Xbox Online store and are fine with gaming at a 1440p resolution, this could be worth your while.

This is a good console for...

... actually, it's a little harder to recommend.

It doesn't quite match any archetype, but that doesn't mean it's a worthless console. This would make a great companion device to a stronger computer. So, if you just need to smarten a TV for streaming videos or games, this could be the perfect solution for you.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this console which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

No Headphone Jack. Without a headphone jack, you will need a (more expensive) bluetooth headset to listen music privately. It also won't be possible to connect to traditional speakers or sound systems without a bluetooth feature.$50+

Screenless. If you don't already have a monitor from your last computer, you could connect this console to a TV or get a new monitor.$120+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $200 on accessories, for a total cost of $580.

Available at 2 locations, from $380

Based on 46 days of observation, the Microsoft Xbox Series S usually costs ~$380 in Canada. I would say that waiting for a rebate is unlikely to make much of a difference for this product.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Microsoft Xbox Series S to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.



Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Walmart or Best Buy at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.


Here's how the Microsoft Xbox Series S ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).


Bang for the Buck5/5
Versatility for the Price3/5
General-purpose power5/5
Graphical power4/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck5/5
Versatility for the Price0/5
General-purpose power4.5/5
Graphical power3.5/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Xbox Series X | S
Processor: AMD XBox series S
Graphics: AMD XBox series S
Memory: 10.00 GB
Storage: 512.00 GB
Screen Size: No built-in screen.
Dimensions: 6.50 × 15.10 × 27.50 cm
Weight: 1.928 kg

The features

  • Blu-ray Reader
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • HDMI
  • USB 3.2
  • USB Type-A
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Haptic Feedback

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 0/5
    Design Websites 4/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 0/5
    Music Production 0/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 0/5
    Photo Editing 0/5
    Video Editing 0/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 0/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 0/5
    Enthusiast Games 2/5
    Triple-A Video Games 2/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 2/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (2 / 3)

Texts & Numbers (0 / 10)

Drawing and Illustrations (0 / 12)

Audio & Visual medias (0 / 4)

3D and CAD (0 / 9)

Music Production (0 / 11)

Photo Editing (0 / 6)

Video Editing (0 / 13)

Enthusiast Games (26 / 60)

Video Games (4 / 9)

Triple-A Video Games (44 / 72)

More Triple-A Video Games Software

In the same price range

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