November is coming fast and soon you will be faced with the hardest decision of your life…OK, maybe not to that extreme, but to many Xbox fans, it’s close.
If you live on Earth One (inside comic book joke) there is no doubt you’ve heard of the new Xbox One X coming this November. So, do you need to upgrade to the newest console when it’s released, or just stick with the Xbox One S?
They both have similar ports, connectivity, and media playback. They both have three USB 3.0 connectors, one on the front and two at the rear. The back of the consoles has a pair of HDMI ports (2.0b out and 1.4b in), Ethernet, S/PDIF audio and an IR output. They both support 4K HDR content through the HDR 10 standard, and both have UHD Blu-ray disc drives. Dolby Atmos is present, as is Dolby Digital 5.1 They also have Dolby Digital 5.1 sound and support HDR in games that include it.
Here is where the specs start to separate the two consoles. The One X is smaller than the One S. The One S comes in white only (except for some special editions, like the Battlefield 1 bundle) while the One X is shown only in black.
The Xbox One S delivers gaming that’s been upscaled from Full HD. The console uses a ‘checkerboarding’ anti-aliasing technology to create pixels, giving the impression of a sharper, clearer image. It is also capable of up to 1080p graphics running at 60fps and upscales all video output to 4K for compatible TVs, but games do not run in Ultra HD.
The Xbox One X will be capable of full 4K visuals running at 60fps with a new graphics processing that consists of 40 customized units running at 1.172GHz. It will also be compatible with games featuring HDR (High Dynamic Range). Xbox One X will be much more powerful than the Xbox One S in central processing. It will run on eight custom x86 cores, clocked at speeds of 2.3GHz. The Xbox One S also has eight cores and runs at 1.75GHz. The One X will run on 12GB of GDDR5 RAM with a bandwidth of up to 326GB/s. The Xbox One S has 8GB of DDR3 RAM and 32MB of ESRAM, with a bandwidth of 68GB/s and 219GB/s.
Microsoft will be making the same games for Xbox One S and Xbox One X, as well as bringing the original Xbox One game library coming soon. So, any game you buy for Xbox will work on both systems (as well as the launch Xbox One console). The Xbox One X versions will have a huge boost in graphics over the Xbox One S, but the gameplay will technically be the same. The One X will also be compatible with backward compatibility games on the Xbox 360.
The Xbox One X will work much like the PS4 Pro that was launched by Sony. All the PS4 games work on both the PS4 Pro as well as the original launched PS4 console. But, the graphics are greatly enhanced on the PS4 Pro, especially if you have a 4K TV.
The bottom line is that the new Xbox One X will have a price tag of $499.99 and come with a 1T hard drive, and yes, is a more powerful console than the Xbox One S. Microsoft will have to convince people that it’s worth the upgrade.
If you have a 4K TV or plan on getting one anytime soon, then yes, it’s worth the extra money for the specs and power they gave it. But, if you don’t have a 4K TV the Xbox One S is an excellent console and does include a 4K Blu-ray player for around $200 less. You can’t go wrong either way. I love the fact that every game on the Xbox will work on all the systems, so once you buy a game it will forever go forward with you on your quests to free worlds from evil dragons and invaders from outer space…or Dig-Dug…I do like me some old-school at times.