Xbox One S All-Digital Version vs. Xbox One X: Comparability and shopping for recommendation for Microsoft’s sport consoles


All three Xbox One gadgets facet by facet. The Xbox One X (left), the Xbox One S (middle) and soon-to-be-released the Xbox One S All-Digital Version (proper). 


Microsoft’s new Xbox One S All-Digital Version ($250, £200), due out Could 7, differs from the present Xbox One S ($300) in solely a handful of how: 

  • It does not have a 4K Blu-ray participant, so it could’t learn sport or film discs — or any form of optical disc in any respect.
  • It weighs 1 pound much less. 
  • It contains three video games: Forza Horizon 3, the web multiplayer pirate sport Sea of Thieves and Minecraft.

Their specs and dimensions are in any other case similar, which is why we thought it might be extra fascinating to pit the One S All-Digital Version towards the flagship Xbox One X that can assist you make a more-informed Xbox shopping for choice.

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Finest present Xbox One console offers

Aside from its lower cost the One S All-Digital Version does not have any benefits over the extra highly effective One X. Nevertheless, questions stay, specifically how low will the costs for each consoles go, and the way a lot is the One X’s further energy price to you? It’s going to even be fascinating to see what new sport bundles crop up and whether or not Microsoft presents a greater deal on its upcoming Xbox Sport Cross Final, a subscription service that features Xbox Sport Cross and Xbox Reside Gold for $15 a month. That $180 per yr worth is identical as what you’d pay in the event you purchased every individually and mixed them.

Specs match-up

By the numbers

Console Xbox One S All-Digital Version Xbox One X
Processor 8-core Jaguar CPU @ 1.75GHz 8-core Jaguar “Advanced” CPU @ 2.3GHz
Storage 1TB 1TB
Reminiscence 8GB of DDR3 RAM 12GB of GDDR5 RAM
Graphics 12 CUs (914MHz) 1.23 TF GPU 40 CUs (1,172MHz) 6 TF GPU
Ports HDMI-in/HDMI-out, one front-facing and two rear-facing USB ports, IR receiver/blaster, SPDIF digital audio, Ethernet port HDMI-in/HDMI-out, one front-facing and two rear-facing USB ports, IR receiver/blaster, SPDIF digital audio, Ethernet port
Optical Drive None 4K UHD Blu-ray
Video Output 4K HDR video playback, 1080p HDR gaming 4K HDR video playback, 4K HDR gaming (with choose video games)
Dimensions 11.6 in. x 8.9 in. x 2.5 in. (29.5cm x 22.6cm x 6.4cm) 11.81 in. x 9.45 in. x 2.36 in. (30cm x 24cm x 6cm)
Weight 5.four lbs. (2.45kg) 8.four lbs. (3.81 kg)
Energy provide 120W, inside 245W, inside

When it was first launched in November of 2017, reviewers spent loads of time writing concerning the Xbox One X’s efficiency vs. that of Xbox One S (and Sony’s PlayStation four Professional). As is obvious from the specs above, it is a way more highly effective machine, however the issue when the One X first launched was that solely a small variety of video games had been licensed “Enhanced for Xbox One X.” Additionally, with the One S in a position to upscale video games to 4K decision on a 4K TV, the dearth of true native 4K video games made it exhausting to see a major distinction between the 2 consoles’ output.

In the present day, nonetheless, the listing of Xbox One X Enhanced video games has grown, together with the variety of native 4K video games. Many video games now look and play higher on the Xbox One X. And whereas you could personal a 4K TV to take full benefit of the One X’s efficiency enhance, it by no means hurts to have extra energy, even in the event you’re taking part in on a 1080p TV. Video games load sooner, the system is zippier total, and a few video games could run extra easily.  

Worth test

The Xbox One’s listing worth is $499, however you possibly can decide it up for $399 and even barely much less. As famous, the Xbox One S All-Digital’s launch worth is $250 (£200), with Microsoft-developed titles Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3, and Sea of Thieves preinstalled on the drive. 

Should you neglect the bundled video games, the value delta for the 2 consoles is $150. However, the usual One S usually sells for $250 or much less — the Black Friday worth was mainly $200. And people offers invariably embody a number of bundled video games.   

Personally, I would argue that it is price spending the $150 further on the One X in case you have a 4K TV. However Microsoft has successfully stated that the value of the One S All-Digital will at all times be $50 lower than the usual One S, so $200 — and even much less — must be nicely inside attain by fall. 

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Future-proofing: What concerning the subsequent Xbox? And PS5?

Clearly, the Xbox One S All-Digital Version is a stripped-down, discount model of the present Xbox One. The actual next-generation Xbox continues to be doubtless greater than a yr away — and could possibly be introduced as quickly as this yr’s E3 present in June. 

So if an all-new next-gen Xbox is coming in 2020 or thereabouts, why trouble with any Xbox now? Effectively, it took awhile, however Microsoft has made a powerful dedication to backward compatibility with the Xbox One — it could play an enormous chunk of the Xbox 360 library, and even some traditional Xbox video games. It is a secure wager that no matter comes subsequent will doubtless retain Xbox One compatibility, too — so any video games you purchase now are more likely to be playable going ahead. And Microsoft appears dedicated to cloud-based gaming too, in order that field will doubtless be test within the new Xbox as nicely. 

What about PlayStation? That console continues to be the 800-pound gorilla of the present technology, thanks partly to unique sequence like Uncharted, God of Struggle, Marvel’s Spider-Man and Horizon Zero Daybreak. (We assume if that is your bag, you obtain a PS4 way back.) And Sony has already began outlining PlayStation 5 particulars, too, together with help for 8K decision and PS4 backward compatibility. 

However once more, PS5 and next-gen Xbox consoles are at the least a yr away. So if you wish to begin constructing an Xbox library now, look to the One S or One X for now.


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