While the Xbox Series S looks to be a slightly portlier version of the Xbox One X with a taller front face, and thus won't take up too much space in your current setup, its bigger sibling is another story: at 15.1cm x 15.1cm x 30.1cm the Xbox Series X is a serious beast, and easily twice as big as several other consoles.
The results are… well, almost comical, as GameSpot's Michael Higham showed in several tweets:
Got my hands on the Xbox Series S and Series X...prototypes! Sent over by MicrosoftThese designs are SLICK, especially the Series S!Did some size comparisons w/ current gen, saw how they fit in my broke boy Ikea setup. Check my breakdown on @GameSpot: https://t.co/qE5eIvk66j pic.twitter.com/oM4l4XC5VwSeptember 10, 2020
Seriously, just look at it. And you have to be careful not to block the fan, as Higham points out:
yup, still a lil thick but you also gotta make sure there's room on the right side (not like in this photo lol) of it since thats where the fan is pic.twitter.com/m9RnrLpYpmSeptember 10, 2020
How much space do you need, exactly?
Having current-gen consoles next to the new consoles is pretty helpful in determining exactly how much space we’ll need to set aside for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
For example, we can see from some of the photos that the Xbox Series S is almost the exact same size as the PS4 Pro. The PS4 Pro looks just a hair taller, but in terms of both new Xbox consoles, the Series S is 60% smaller than the Xbox Series X, according to Microsoft.
The best comparison for the Xbox Series X is against the Nintendo Switch, weirdly, as it looks like the width of the two consoles (with the Series X on its side) are pretty much the same. Of course the Series X is much, much thicker than the Nintendo Switch and has the top grille that needs to be accounted for.
Good luck getting it to fit on your home entertainment center, though.
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