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1TB Xbox Series S Price Revealed In India Amid Feature Parity Debate

JJ Rankin  |   Aug 14, 5:53 PM   |   6 min read

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Microsoft announced the new Xbox console set at its annual Xbox Games Showcase in June. The newest addition, Xbox Series S Carbon Black, offers a few upgrades over the original Xbox Series S, besides 1TB of internal storage, which is roughly twice the storage space of its base model which has 512 GB of storage. 

 

This all-black version of Microsoft's more affordable gaming console is an all-digital console with no disc drive and is set to have 4K streaming capabilities. The 1 TB Xbox Series S is set to hit stores on September 1 and has been listed at Rs 40,990 by the retailer e2Z store, although prices may differ with other third-party retailers.

 

Read More: Baldur's Gate 3 Becomes Second Biggest Steam Launch Of 2023

 

1TB Xbox Series S Price Higher Than What Was Projected

 

 

The expected retail price of the new 1TB Xbox Series S was reported to be around Rs 39,990, a few weeks ago. Gaming analyst Rishi Alwani took to social media to confirm that the new model's price has been hiked by Rs 2,000 by distributor Redington. The 1TB Xbox Series X offers lightning-fast load times, gameplay of up to 120 FPS, and an impressive Quick Resume feature that can store up to three Series X/S games at a time, thanks to the Xbox Velocity Architecture.
 

 

Users can enhance the gameplay by subscribing to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (sold separately) which includes over 100 high-quality games, online multiplayer, and an EA Play membership for a monthly price. In related news, the Series S has been blamed for Baldur's Gate 3's staggered launch on Xbox, among other things. Instead of splitting its consoles between disc and digital-only, Microsoft categorised them by power level. So, the Xbox Series S is cheaper than Series X but lacks the horsepower of the Series X. 

 

Critics believe this parity demand is actively hurting the Xbox ecosystem, especially with Larian delaying the release of Baldur’s Gate 3 (which is reportedly on track for being Game of the Year 2023), until they can figure out how to make split-screen work on Series S. “We cannot remove the split-screen feature because we are obliged to launch with feature parity, and so continue to try and make it work. We have quite a few engineers working very hard to do what no other RPG of this scale has achieved: seamless drop-in, drop-out co-op on Series S. We hope to have an update by the end of the year," said Michael Douse, director of publishing.

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