Xbox One S just hit the market, and it’s lighter, more refined, and features improved software and functionality. As opposed to its predecessor, the new Xbox is a superior product but at approximately the same price. If you’ve hold off from buying an Xbox up until now, you probably won’t resist the temptation anymore.
Starting with the design, the new Xbox One S is smaller than the Xbox One, and its matte surface provides more protection against scratches. The device can be stored either vertically or horizontally, which is great if you’re running short on space. Speaking about space, it comes with a built-in power supply unit. However, this is said to have increased the system noise. There’s also an added IR blaster, but it lost the USB port on the side and the Kinect port.
In terms of performance, the new Xbox One S is quite similar to its predecessor, but it has been tweaked a bit. The 853MHz processing unit now runs at 914MHz, which means that users will see a slight boost in some games’ frame rate.
The most important feature is the capability of supporting 4K Ultra HD. Xbox One S can play Ultra HD Blu-ray discs but also streamed 4K content. It is one of the cheapest devices that can do this. Xbox One was also capable of 4K, but it didn’t support HDMI 2.0, which left it unable to carry a full resolution at more than 30fps.
The new Xbox also supports High Dynamic Range, a technology that adds color and contrast depth, thus resulting in a richer image. You can read Microsoft’s guide on the new 4K feature. Some games that will make use of this technology will be Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4, and many others. However, it might be a while until we become a standard feature in all games. Just as the Xbox One, it runs Windows 10.
As for the controller, it too has seen some modifications in the design, such as a new texture for a better grip. It was also fitted with a 3.5mm headphone jack on the front side so it can be more easily plugged in a headset.
Let’s talk money. The Xbox One S is priced at $549 for the 2TB, $499 for the 1TB version, and $399 for the 500GB model.