Microsoft launched a redesigned model of the Xbox One called the Xbox One S in early August. The gaming console has some hardware tweaks and brings some new features to the table.
Here is what reviewers have to say about the Xbox One S.
The Xbox One S is slimmer than the Xbox One.
“All the gaming power of 2013’s original Xbox One console, in a slimmer, sleeker, more blindingly white form factor. If you’re upgrading from that first Xbox One console, the Xbox One S is smaller (Microsoft says 40 percent smaller, in fact),” says Matt Weinberger of Business Insider.
The Xbox One S supports 4K and HDR output.
“Xbox One S gets a fairly beefy upgrade on its video capabilities, with 4K resolution (3,840 x 2,160, or four times as sharp as standard 1080p HDTVs) and HDR (high dynamic range, which is basically enhanced contrast and color). 4K can currently be accessed through streaming video services such as Amazon and Netflix,” says Jeff Bakalar of CNET.
Although 4K and HDR support is great news it may not be of any use to some gamers.
“Like 4K, it’s poised to be ‘the next big thing’ in the panel space. And like 4K, you’ll need a TV that can support HDR. You’ll also need movies and games that support it, too. Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3 are examples of upcoming games that will support HDR. Unfortunately, we don’t yet have a 4K/HDR TV in the office just yet, though we do plan to get one soon,” says Jimmy Thang of GameSpot.
Microsoft has also redesigned the controller of the gaming console.
“Microsoft has slightly redesigned its controller too. The new model is a little sleeker and sexier. It feels similar in the hand to the tried and tested Xbox One Wireless Controllers, but has grippier surface than the one that came with the original. It also adds Bluetooth support, although only for Windows 10 devices with the latest Xbox apps, and greater distance for a stable wireless connection,” says Rik Henderson of Pocket-Lint.
Some reviewers suggest gamers hold on and wait for Microsoft Project Scorpio.
“For PC fans who already happen to own an Xbox One and don’t own a 4K TV, I’d say to hold onto your money and wait for Project Scorpio in 18 months. By then, 4K TVs should be even more advanced and potentially cheaper, and in the meanwhile you can still play whatever console exclusives you love on the original Xbox One,” says Mark Hachman of PCWorld.