Xbox One S Review
Two years after Microsoft launched Xbox One, the Redmond based tech giant announced Xbox One S at its E3 press conference. The model S is a sleeker and slimmer model which will be available in the month of August 2016 in US, UK and Australia. Let us have a look at some of the key specifications of this upgrade.
4K Ultra HD video and High Dynamic Range
In comparison to Xbox One, the new model comes with better specifications. It supports 4K video playback from streaming services like Netflix and Amazon and has a 4K (3,820×2, 160-pixel) Ultra HD Blu-ray built-in with a slight boosted processing power for HDR gaming. The added support for Xbox One S is for HDMI 2.0a, thus an improved 4K 60Hz output. HDMI 2.0a, with its capacity for a deeper colour space, also allows for High Dynamic Range (HDR). However, the 4k support is limited to only videos via streams or discs and not gaming. This should however save your cost of buying top of the line Blu-Ray 4K players.
40% smaller console
Well, size does matter. The reduction in size makes it more appealing as compared to huge Xbox One. At 333mm x 276mm x 78mm, it dominates PS4. What’s more impressive about this model is the built-in power supply. One S has clearly followed PS4 in this aspect, but as long as it frees up space in our cabinet, we are not complaining. This reduces the pain of bulky power brick as that of the previous model. Smaller, sleeker and slimmer – kudos Microsoft, we look forward to it!
Streamlined controller and Great price range
Contrary to earlier reports, controller is included in the price. Xbox One S is priced at £249/$299 for 500GB and 1TB respectively. 2TB versions are also expected to arrive shortly. This is double the storage at almost similar price range when compared to Sony’s PS4. The controller too has been upgraded with IR (infrared) blaster to control your TV and console. The traditional Kinect sensor has been dumped now. This means that the user will need a USB-adapter for Kinect. The texture has been improved for better grip and the range has also increased. It is also Bluetooth enabled with helps you use the controller with PCs, tablets or maybe even phones. Indeed a great deal.
However, Xbox One S has its own sets of challenges. For one, it doesn’t support VR. Sony has already announced PS4 Neo with 4k support and possibly VR additions as well. Microsoft itself has announced Project Scorpio which will be released sometime next year and is expected to have VR support as well as 4k gaming advantage. Nintendo too is releasing NX early next year. With slew of consoles lined up, it will be a tough decision for users whether to wait for upgraded version or buy the feature-rich Xbox One S now. Let us know in comments if you plan to buy one now.
Picture courtesy – xbox.com
by techtalks @TechTalks July 20, 2016 5:30 AM UTC