Microsoft has released a new Xbox, only it is not brand new. The Xbox One S is an upgrade of the existing Xbox One. But don’t think that it’s the same console, because this one has a few improvements than the previous one.
When this console was announced at the Xbox Conference in the past E3 I witnessed when everyone present screamed of excitement when they knew that the console was not only Slim but also that it would play Bluray Ultra HD movies and scale games to 4K With HDR support.
While the Xbox One S is, in essence, the same console launched by Microsoft in 2013, there have been significant changes. It is more elegant, fixing many of the aesthetic problems of the original console. It also adds 4K high dynamic range (HDR), which means that if you have a high-end TV you will take advantage of this feature and enjoy the console.
Design and Controller
The Xbox One got a total makeover. It’s 40% smaller than the previous one. The power supply is now integrated. Previously the source was unpleasant because of its large size and its inconvenience of placing it on a shelf.
The Xbox One S has a beautiful color thanks to its white tone with black accents. The Gears of War Limited Edition is also fantastic.
The old Xbox One could only be placed horizontally, but the Xbox One S can also be placed vertically. You will need a plastic base to support it, this base is included in the 2TB edition.
The controller has also been modified. It feels like a mix between the basic Xbox One pad and the Xbox One Elite Controller. It keeps the ergonomic shape of the previous model, but now the back gets a thicker texture. The sticks are made of a new material feeling more comfortable for those players who spend hours using it.
The controller still works with AA batteries. Hopefully Microsoft will in the future be able to incorporate the system that SONY uses in their controllers, that way you won’t have to spend money on batteries.
Finally, Microsoft has added Bluetooth functionality to the controller. This will not be a big problem for Xbox users, but it will be a blessing to PC gamers looking for a comfortable and decent controller for their games. Now they will be able to use Xbox controllers without having to have a wireless USB control adapter.
As for the connections, the back of the Xbox One S is almost identical to the Xbox One: HDMI output, HDMI input, two USB ports, IR output, optical audio output and Ethernet.
The HDMI output has been updated from 1.4 to 2.0. HDMI 1.4 is the standard that is technically capable of supporting 4K, but only at 30Hz. Movies and TV shows are shown at 30Hz, with HDMI 2.0 means that the Xbox One S can produce 4K 60Hz images.
The Kinect port is gone. This is not a problem since you can count the people who currently use Kinect. Those who wish to use a Kinect will also be able to connect it via the peripheral via USB with an adapter. Microsoft is currently giving the adapter as a gift to the current owners of Kinect.
They added an IR Blaster to the front that serves to increase the multimedia capabilities of the Xbox One S. The IR Blaster allows you to configure the Xbox One S to turn on other devices, such as a TV or a Home Theater.
Adding a 2TB storage is a correct choice. Any owner of an Xbox One will tell you that even a regular gaming library requires a lot space.So, if you can afford it, I highly recommend to buy the 2TB version.
Software related, the Xbox One S specifications reflect those of the Xbox One. It is powered by an AMD custom eight-core CPU with a 1.75 GHz clock and the Radeon GPU with 1.23 TFLOPS maximum shader performance And 8 GB of DDR3 RAM.
The chipset may be the same as before, but the GPU frequency has increased from 853MHz to 914MHz. This extra power exists to handle the tension of HDR games.
The HDR is a great improvement. Basically, it offers higher contrast and a wider range of colors. We are starting to see it in movies and some TV shows, but now it’s being used in videogames. A game that have this feature is Forza Horizon 3.
The games work remarkably better, and games that support HDR is whole different experencie where the graphics are remarkable. It automatically detects a 4K TV if you have one. When you start up the console for the first time, you will be asked if you want to select 4K resolution.
The Xbox One S is an excellent upscaler, ith super-sharp images and some well-defined edges. The machine does an excellent job of making 1080p content look good in 4K.
The Xbox One S also works as a UHD Blu-ray player. As far as I’m concerned, that’s the real reason to consider getting one since if you compare it with other Blu-ray players this one is currently the cheapest on the market.
The loading times are fast and it renders great images. It also gets a significantly higher dynamic range. It’s not just about the colors, you also get a lot of detail in the shade.
Why buy the Xbox One S?
The Xbox One S is much better than the original Xbox One, with improvements in all its elements. It is smaller, more beautiful and includes a greater number of features. Of course, game-related it almost doesn’t change, but HDR compatibility in games it’s an important upgrade.
I recommend that you get a 4K TV comptaible with HRD10 to take advantage of the graphics. But if you can’t make the investment you’ll still get pretty good images.
If you’re not able to make the upgrade yet, you better save up the money to buy Xbox Project Scorpio that will be released next year and which will have native 4K resolution. This console is still in development, hopefully we’ll get some news on the E3 2017.
with this console and TV 4K I recommend you save fences from now to buy Xbox Project Scorpio that will be released next year and this console if you are going to have the native 4K which is so far Of the information that Microsoft has been announcing. This console is in the process of creation, hopefully new news that console in E3 of 2017.
Do not miss our unboxing of ths console, we had the opportunity to make two, hit the links below.
Note: This review was translated by Angelica Lora
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