Xbox Series X|S – How to Set Up Your New Console

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Congratulations on your new Xbox console purchase.
The setup process is the same for the new Xbox Series X and Series S consoles and this video will show you how to get started with your new console.

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Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S: which Xbox will be right for you?
Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S: it’s a match-up we’ve seen more and more as we move closer to the consoles’ November 10 2020 release date. And while the two have incredibly similar names and game libraries, the two are very different in terms of what they’re capable of and how they perform.

Choosing which of the two consoles is right for you comes down to a few key points. How much are you willing to spend on next-gen hardware? Do you mind if the console renders games in native 4K, or is upscaled 4K good enough? Finally, how much storage space do you need for games?

Because we’ve finally had time to write our Xbox Series X review and Xbox Series S review, we can authoritatively speak to both consoles and help you suss out which of the two make more sense for your setup and your budget.

Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S: key differences
If you only walk away with three key differences in mind, let it be these three: the Xbox Series X has a 4K UHD Blu-ray drive that’s capable of playing physical games and movies while the Xbox Series S does not; the Xbox Series X has a large 1TB SSD that can store, on average, around 16 games while the Xbox Series S has a 512GB SSD that only stores around four to five; and the Xbox Series X renders games in native 4K at 60 frames-per-second, while the Xbox Series S targets 1440p.

Otherwise, both will have the same user interface, the same controller and the same Xbox Velocity Architecture that enables features like Quick Resume. Both have the same media apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and more, and more importantly, both can play exactly the same games.

More people seem drawn to the power of the Xbox Series X from what we’ve seen so far, but that’s not to discount the advantages of the more affordable model. Both work well and both can serve a different audience.

Let’s break them down even further.

First up is the Xbox Series X, Microsoft’s flagship console that’s capable of 4K graphics and promises to be the most powerful console ever made. On paper the specs are very impressive, and it has a unique, tower-style design that we’ve never seen from a console manufacturer before. It’s set to cost a pretty penny, though, at $499 / £449 / AU$749, the same price as the PS5, which releases 2-9 days later depending on where you live.

The Xbox Series S is far more affordable, however, albeit a less powerful alternative for consumers to consider. It’s digital-only, so you’ll be at the mercy of the Microsoft Store for any purchases you make. It’s set to release on November 10, 2020, alongside the Xbox Series X.

Microsoft will be hoping to use the appeal of Xbox Game Pass, its Netflix-like subscription service (which now also includes EA Play), and Project xCloud, that lets gamers stream games from the cloud. It looks like it will disrupt the market, with a price point that is aimed at those who are willing to compromise on power for a much better price.

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