The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S hardware specs have been really impressive but several of the next-gen consoles’ I/O options are outdated.
Microsoft has officially announced the in-depth specs of both Series X and Series S which unveiled a few features which aren’t usually mentioned in the reveal trailers.
The spec sheets published by Microsoft confirmed that both Xbox’s next-gen consoles are installed with an 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi antenna. This means that both consoles will cater to the Wi-Fi 5 spec instead of the faster and more modern Wi-Fi 6.
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This spec is the same feature used with the current-gen consoles including the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One. In other words, the Xbox Series X/S will contain the current-gen standard Wi-Fi and not the enhanced next-gen version.
The spec sheets also revealed that both the Xbox Series X/S will each contain three USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports which are a bit frustrating since everyone thought it would have a USB-C port installed. Fortunately, the USB 3.1 Gen 1 is an upgrade from the Xbox One X’s USB 3.0.
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Though the difference in speed on both consoles is highly appreciated, this won’t matter much since these consoles have a propriety expansion port for the NVMe SSDs which matches the speed of the internal hard drive.
Players will still be able to the USB drives when playing current-gen titles. However, next-gen games will only be playable through the new ultra-fast SSDs, whether it is external or internal. Nevertheless, the Xbox Series X/S will be released on November 10 and preorders are now live for anyone who wants to avail Microsoft’s next-gen consoles.