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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Nick Pino is Managing Editor, TV and AV for TechRadar's sister site, Tom's Guide. Previously, he was the Senior Editor of Home Entertainment at TechRadar, covering TVs, headphones, speakers, video games, VR and streaming devices. He's also written for GamesRadar+, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer and other outlets over the last decade, and he has a degree in computer science he's not using if anyone wants it.