We’ve all heard about the new Xbox One S and its 4K Blu-ray and video streaming, but what else does it have to offer?
In August of 2016 Microsoft released a new and improved Xbox One, called the Xbox One S, but how “improved” is it actually? Now although there aren’t very many differences between the 2 consoles, the Xbox One S does have a new design and newer features.
Speaking about the design, the dimensions of the Xbox One are 333mm x 276mm xx 78mm with the power supply being external, the Xbox One S is 40% smaller, with the power supply inside the unit which is remarkable. A new design the creators brought to the table are the holes covering half of the system, this in no way improves the console but it does help with cooling purposes and gives it a pleasing atheistic. The design of the Xbox controller has mainly stayed the same other than making it sleeker with a grippy underside.
Now the newest feature to this system is it’s 4k capabilities. These capabilities include HDR (High Dynamic Range) support, 4K Ultra HD, and 4K Blu-ray. With HDR it means that supported games will look a lot better thanks to it’s high contrast ratio and sharp resolution. Although it may not make a huge difference with the TV you have now, it will definitely be a game changer to those with a 4K TV. The 4K Ultra HD makes streaming a much better experience, and with the console having a 4K Blu-ray built right in, it’s the cheaper route for wanting a 4K Blu-ray player.
Other small differences to this console consists of storing the system in an upright position, possibly making it easier to tuck away. They have added and IR Blaster which, when configured, will be able to turn on other devices. There is now no sole port for the Kinect since there has been a huge decrease in interest around the product, but there is an adapter available to purchase if wanted.
Now, is the Xbox One S really worth it? Speaking for myself, I would definitely purchase this system. For the sole reason of not owning my own Xbox to begin with. If I already had an Xbox One and didn’t care for the 4K capabilities I really see no reason to be getting a whole new console.