Xbox One S vs Xbox One
With the Xbox One S being released on August 2nd, 2016, it’s time to see how it stacks up. Is it living up to the hype? Is it worth purchasing as someone who already owns a traditional Xbox One? What’s the difference, anyway? All that and more is included in the review below.
First, let’s take a look at the specs. The Xbox One S features a beautiful 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, which is great for movies and videos. There are even a few hot games lined up for HDR (High Dynamic Range), including Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3. While the actual inner workings (read: hardware) of the Xbox One S haven’t been revealed, it’s probably safe to assume some level of upgrade. The traditional system wouldn’t be able to handle HDR versions, even with the correct reader – the processor just wouldn’t be able to keep up.
What does all of this HDR talk even mean? Well, first off, it means that you can finally put your 4K TV to good use. Yeah, I’m talking to you, the one with the reruns. Everyone loves Futurama, but unfortunately it hasn’t seen a 4K remake (yet – cross your fingers). However, with the HDR option extended to games, it might be actually worth it to see what the fuss is all about. Can you imagine seeing the next Elder Scrolls in 4K? Yes, please.
Of course, that’s not all that’s new. Both the price-tag and the size of the Xbox One S have received major upgrades, with the price starting as low as $299 for 500GB. Granted, most gamers will fill that up within a week, but the 1TB version is only an extra $50, and the 2TB, the best deal of all, is coming in at only $399. That’s $100 cheaper than the original Xbox One with only 500GB on release day, so it’s a heck of a deal. The only big downfall to the price is that the $499 Xbox One of old came with a Kinect, but now if you want one you’ll have to buy it separately AND buy yourself an adapter, because the S doesn’t even have a Kinect port.
Back to the positives, the Xbox One S sports a fancy built-in power supply. No more giant brick clogging up your entertainment center and messing with your carefully-organized cord system. Now you can just plug it in and go, which finally brings the Xbox One series up to the power standards of the PS4. Another plus? The Xbox One S is small. Not tiny, but 40% smaller than the original system, and it’s finally able to be put on its side. And the aesthetic? The Xbox One S is classy. Featuring a pristine white case with black trim, it rocks both an elegantly vintage look and a more sophisticated, modern one.
A final point of note: The Xbox Wireless Controller. Updated to match the Xbox One S, it now features a chic redesign. According to Microsoft, the wireless range is now double that of the original, so no fear of losing a signal when you ‘accidentally’ take it with you to the bathroom. Likewise, it now features Bluetooth for easy connectivity with the Xbox One S or Windows 10 and nothing else. Yes, Microsoft loves retaining its exclusivity. It still has the textured grip on the back, though, so you won’t lose your hold on it when you’re agitated with the next Call of Duty and threaten to throw it at a wall.
The Xbox One S is an upgrade, though not the huge one everyone was hoping for. It has had the side effect of annoying all the people who bought the original console recently before the announcement, but it seems to be a worthy investment, especially for those who don’t have an Xbox One at all. What do you think? Will you be buying one?