Xbox One Sby Microsoft

  • Xbox One S
  • Xbox One S
  • Xbox One S
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
84%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Xbox One S is smaller, sleeker and prettier than it predecessor in every regard--an undeniable aesthetic upgrade.
  • The Xbox One S adds full 4K functionality, acting as a top-end Blu-ray player and offering compatibility with HDR televisions.
  • The Xbox One S offers a slightly upgraded controller; it's sleeker, has better grip and offers Bluetooth support.

CONS

  • Aside from adding 4K functionality, the Xbox One S tech specs remain largely unchanged, meaning you won't see any visible improvement in the performance of your games.
  • Microsoft has already announced its next iteration of the Xbox experience--Project Scorpio--and this one will improve the gaming experience. You have to ask yourself, why not wait?
  • Unless you own a 4K television or other HDR hardware, there's no real reason to buy an Xbox One S.
Since its launch, the original Xbox One has struggled to establish itself as a viable alternative to Sony's Playstation 4. Now, with the One S, Microsoft has refined its initial design, doing away with the chunkiness of the original and adding 4K Blu-ray support and compatibility with HDR televisions. The One S also ships with a smaller Bluetooth equipped controller. Unfortunately, the new system doesn't offer a performance boost for your gaming experience, so it’s less a worthy upgrade than good news for those who never owned an Xbox One to begin with.
NameXbox One SPS3Xbox OnePlayStation 4Wii U
ManufacturerMicrosoftSonyMicrosoftSonyNintendo
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You need a 4K HDR TV to get the best out of it, but the Xbox One S and its 4K Blu-ray player signal the start of great things for Xbox fans.

You need a 4K HDR TV to get the best out of it, but the Xbox One S and its 4K Blu-ray player signal the start of great things for Xbox fans.

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90%

The Xbox One S sets a new high point in console development.

The Xbox One S sets a new high point in console development.

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There's no doubt in our minds that the Xbox One S is a much more capable machine than its predecessor. It is physically more attractive, com…

There's no doubt in our minds that the Xbox One S is a much more capable machine than its predecessor. It is physically more attractive, comes jam packed with new features and offers a smoother, more responsive experience. However, whether that will convince existing Xbox One owners to upgrade is debatable.

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85%

If you don’t already have an Xbox One and want to buy a new console in the next six months, then Xbox One S makes a respectable case for its…

If you don’t already have an Xbox One and want to buy a new console in the next six months, then Xbox One S makes a respectable case for itself.

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There isn't one distinct reason to buy one today, but if you don't already own an Ultra HD Blu-ray player, you won't be disappointed if you …

There isn't one distinct reason to buy one today, but if you don't already own an Ultra HD Blu-ray player, you won't be disappointed if you decide to pick one up. The S is the Xbox One you know, but tailored for the future.

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81%

The Xbox One S scraps nearly everything I hated about the original Xbox. It’s good-looking, reasonably sized, and also reasonably priced.

The Xbox One S scraps nearly everything I hated about the original Xbox. It’s good-looking, reasonably sized, and also reasonably priced.

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80%

The Xbox One S is far better than the original Xbox One, with improvements on every front. It’s smaller, it’s prettier and it includes a gre…

The Xbox One S is far better than the original Xbox One, with improvements on every front. It’s smaller, it’s prettier and it includes a greater number of features. Sure, the gaming element is almost unchanged, but HDR gaming compatibility means at least a degree of future-proofing.

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The Xbox One S is the console Microsoft should have delivered three years ago, but there's little reason to upgrade if you already own the o…

The Xbox One S is the console Microsoft should have delivered three years ago, but there's little reason to upgrade if you already own the original box.

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80%

The One S has taken Microsoft’s original concept of an all-in-one entertainment device and improved it nicely for the 4K generation.

The One S has taken Microsoft’s original concept of an all-in-one entertainment device and improved it nicely for the 4K generation.

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Serious gamers are unlikely to find the Xbox One S more appealing that it was before. It remains less powerful than its rival at Sony. Aside…

Serious gamers are unlikely to find the Xbox One S more appealing that it was before. It remains less powerful than its rival at Sony. Aside from its smaller footprint – which, as mentioned, is less impressive than hinted during its reveal – there’s nothing about the Xbox One S that will get an enthusiast’s attention.

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If you’ve been on the fence about the Xbox One or have been waiting for the bugs to be ironed out and the library to mature, the Xbox One S …

If you’ve been on the fence about the Xbox One or have been waiting for the bugs to be ironed out and the library to mature, the Xbox One S makes it a great time to jump on board. It’s slim, is the only model that can be outfitted with a 2TB HDD, is priced fairly, and offers the aforementioned video features.

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Altogether, it’s probably not worth existing Xbox One owners upgrading, unless they’re in the market for a 4K video box or in need of physic…

Altogether, it’s probably not worth existing Xbox One owners upgrading, unless they’re in the market for a 4K video box or in need of physically downsizing on the original model. For newcomers though, the Xbox One S is currently the best iteration of Microsoft’s hardware you can buy, and a beautiful piece of kit.

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