Microsoft has formally discontinued the Xbox One X and Xbox One S, focusing its manufacturing on the newly launched Xbox Sequence X and Xbox Sequence S. That being stated, there’s nonetheless inventory of refurbished Xbox One consoles out there, and contemplating the Sequence X has had its justifiable share of launch bugs, you could need to purchase one in all Microsoft’s last-gen consoles at a reduction for now.

Between the Xbox One X, Xbox One S, and the unique, beforehand discontinued Xbox One, there’s an enormous distinction between their respective {hardware} specs, processing energy, supported show resolutions, and costs that it is best to think about earlier than making a purchase order. All of them run the identical video games, however how effectively these video games run couldn’t be extra totally different.

Earlier than you determine which Xbox to purchase, we’ll cowl how the Xbox One X and S examine in vital areas like body charges, decision, HDR help, and extra. Let’s see who wins this console duke-out and if both supply something that the brand new Xbox Sequence X and S don’t.

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Specs

Xbox One Xbox One S Xbox One X
CPU 8 core, AMD customized CPU @ 1.75GHz 8 core, AMD customized CPU @ 1.75GHz 8 core x86 CPU @ 2.3GHz
GPU AMD GCN GPU @ 853Mhz w/ 12 compute models AMD GCN GPU @ 914Mhz w/ 12 compute models AMD customized GPU @ 1,172MHz w/ 40 compute models
Weight 7.8 lbs 6.4 lbs 8.4 lbs
Reminiscence 8GB DDR3, 32MB ESRAM 8GB DDR3, 32MB ESRAM 12GB GDDR5
Reminiscence bus 256-bit 256-bit 384-bit
Reminiscence bandwidth 68GB/s, 204GB/s 68GB/s, 219GB/s 326GB/s
Storage 1TB/500GB 2.5 inch HDD 1TB/500GB 2.5 inch HDD 1TB 2.5 inch HDD
AV Output HDMI 1.4 in/out, 1080p help HDMI 1.4 in/out, 4K, and 1080p help; Optical output; 4K video upscaling; HDR help HDMI 1.4 in/out, 4K, and 1080p help; Optical output; native 4K playback; HDR help
I/O Output USB 3.0 X 3 USB 3.0 X 3 USB 3.0 X 3
Communication  Ethernet, IEEE 802.11n wi-fi with Wi-Fi join Ethernet, IEEE 802.11n wi-fi with Wi-Fi join  Ethernet, IEEE 802.11n wi-fi with Wi-Fi join
Controller Xbox One controller  Up to date Xbox One controller (consists of Bluetooth connectivity and improved wi-fi vary)  Up to date Xbox One controller (consists of Bluetooth connectivity and improved wi-fi vary)
Digital camera 512 x 424-pixel infrared depth sensor and 1080p digital camera (Kinect — adapter required)  512 x 424-pixel infrared depth sensor and 1080p digital camera (Kinect — adapter required) 512 x 424-pixel infrared depth sensor and 1080p digital camera (Kinect — adapter required)
Optical drive Blu-ray 4K UHD Blu-ray 4K UHD Blu-ray
4K Help No Sure, restricted Sure, native
Worth N/A
Availability Discontinued Obtainable now Obtainable now
DT Evaluation 4 out of 5 stars 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars

{Hardware}

Microsoft Xbox One X

For the reason that Xbox One X is a part of the Xbox One household, the greatest variations between it and the present Xbox One fashions are principally inner. Microsoft has made distinct architectural adjustments to its design, as an alternative of merely throwing extra fashionable {hardware} on the downside of the Xbox One’s occasional energy disparity with the PS4.

The graphics chip within the Xbox One X packs 40 compute models right into a barely slimmer footprint than the Xbox One S, which has solely 12.

The cores within the Xbox One X are additionally optimized for DirectX 12 and can be clocked at 1,172MHz — a lot larger than the Xbox One and Xbox One S. The CPU affords a roughly 30 p.c improve in clock velocity, so it needs to be much more highly effective in its personal proper.

All in all, the graphical efficiency of the Xbox One X is across the six teraflop mark, which suggests it has rather less uncooked energy than an Nvidia GTX 1070 desktop graphics card, or somewhat greater than an AMD RX 480. Which means the Xbox One X has greater than 4.5 occasions the graphical efficiency of the unique Xbox One.

The Xbox One X comes with a full 12GB of GDDR5 reminiscence as effectively, which is able to give builders much more leeway and actually assist the system deal with 4K content material. As compared, the unique Xbox One solely has 8 gigabytes. The 1TB inner onerous drive within the One X is as a lot as 50 p.c quicker, which ends up in higher boot occasions and a discount in loading screens over earlier generations of the console.

Winner: Xbox One X

Design

By way of bodily design, the Xbox One X sports activities a matte black end, distinguishing itself from the white end of the Xbox One S. With nice energy, comes (comparatively) nice weight. The Xbox One X weighs 2 kilos greater than the Xbox One S. Regardless of the additional heft, the distinction in bodily dimension between the 2 is marginal. Both method, the times of the enormous Xbox One crowding your media console are over.

The consoles have equivalent port layouts on the again and have built-in energy provides. Each embrace a single USB port on the entrance, though on reverse sides. On the Xbox One X, the eject button sits under the disc slot, moderately than to its aspect, as it does on the Xbox One S.

Lots of people purchase all their video games digitally nowadays, and when you’ve moved past discs, the Xbox One S is available in an “all-digital” version with no disc drive. By way of look, the black strip the place the disc drive would usually be is gone, leaving a stable white facade.

The principle design distinction between the 2 which will truly have an effect on the way you manage your leisure heart is fan placement. On the Xbox One S, warmth comes by means of the highest of the console when it’s working. The Xbox One X disperses warmth by means of the again of the console. This implies that you would be able to stack different consoles, DVD gamers, TV packing containers, et cetera, on prime of the Xbox One X with out the concern of overheating your system.

Although the Xbox One X borrows so much from the Xbox One S in its design, the reworked fan design offers the Xbox One X the sting.

Winner: Xbox One X

Decision and framerate

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All of that energy is designed to drive what is taken into account by many to be the subsequent large benchmark for mainstream gaming: 4K decision. At 4 occasions the element stage of now-standard 1080P, 4K affords crisper element and extra true-to-life visuals. Contemplating that the unique Xbox One struggled at occasions to ship 1080P at something over 30 frames per second, an enormous a part of the Xbox One X’s design is to allow Extremely HD decision gaming at larger body charges.

For the reason that console’s launch, many video games have been up to date to help full 60 frames-per-second and playback at 4K on Xbox One X. You’ll find a consistently up to date listing of these video games right here.

Visuals in up to date video games are sharp, and the HDR brings intense mild and murky shadows to life in a method no different console can replicate. However a lot of the attraction fades when it’s hooked as much as a 1080p TV with out the distinction and brightness wanted for HDR. That’s what most individuals are nonetheless utilizing for his or her gaming, and the Xbox One X is actually meant to be skilled on a high-end setup. Customers with older TVs will nonetheless see some jumps in efficiency relating to framerate and improved textures, however a 4K tv actually unlocks the ability of the Xbox One X.

Winner: Xbox One X

Residence theater help

Whereas the Xbox One X affords the potential of 4K streaming on Netflix or YouTube, till ultra-high-speed web turns into extra commonplace, a 4K UHD Blu-ray participant can be a necessity for individuals who need to take full benefit of their 4K TV. Whereas meaning shopping for a participant, when you can have that bundled with a console improve that additionally helps you to benefit from 4K gaming, all the higher.

There is no such thing as a query right here, the Xbox One can’t compete relating to 4K media help. The Xbox One S can, nonetheless, so it stays a viable possibility for anybody solely seeking to improve for that performance.

Just like the Xbox One and Xbox One S, Xbox One X helps Microsoft’s own in-house developed HRTF, in addition to bit charge passthrough for audio, and options Dolby Atmos help for these of us fortunate sufficient to have such a setup. Since each the 4K Blu-ray participant and high-end audio options can be found in each the Xbox One S and Xbox One X, both console is available in as a wonderful addition to your property theater setup. Nonetheless, the Xbox One X, because the newer, extra superior console, offers you extra choices to reinforce your all-around leisure expertise.

Winner: Xbox One X

HDR

Excessive Dynamic Vary (HDR) is the opposite main show expertise that {hardware} producers are utilizing as a motive for shoppers to improve, and the Xbox One X comes with full help. This enables the system to work with shows that help HDR to show a wider vary of shiny and darkish lights, often with the assistance of OLED or native dimming. Explosions seem like actual hearth, and shadows have higher element, in a method that’s onerous to elucidate with out seeing it.

That’s one thing that the Xbox One merely can’t do, so it falls behind there. Each the Xbox One S and Xbox One X help HDR 10 with appropriate video games and supply noticeable visible enhancements.

Winner: Tie

Recreation help and backward compatibility

Very like the PlayStation 4 Professional, it’s as much as builders to benefit from the Xbox One X’s additional energy with higher framerates and native 4K help. Microsoft has been steadily asserting titles that help 4K and/or HDR, and we’re protecting up to date on these titles in one other publish.  

So far as recreation help goes, all video games play on the Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X. That features entry to the backward-compatible Xbox 360 library. A small choice of Xbox 360 video games, together with Halo 3 and Fallout 3, have even obtained Xbox One X updates for higher efficiency.

Winner: Xbox One X

Worth and availability

Earlier than they had been discontinued, you’d usually discover Xbox One S bundles for $300 and Xbox One X bundles for $400. On the time, you would moderately argue that the One X justified the upper value with its spec upgrades, however the One S usually went on sale for as little as $250, making it a greater possibility when you didn’t care about improved body charges or 4K UHD Blu-Rays.

At this time, after scanning by means of most main retailers, we observed that only a few are nonetheless carrying new Xbox One X consoles, however a number of nonetheless have the brand new Xbox One S in inventory, nonetheless priced at $300. You could possibly discover an Xbox One X on sale with gaming-specific retailers like Gamestop, nevertheless it’s virtually assured to be refurbished whereas nonetheless costing upward of $400.

When you plan on shopping for both in the present day, you could choose the Xbox One S as a result of you may nonetheless discover new bundles, so it could have higher longevity than a used Xbox One X. When you’re leaning towards the One X due to its higher specs, you may actually go that route. However you could need to go along with an Xbox Sequence mannequin as an alternative, which offers you vastly enhanced specs for the same value, together with backward compatibility for all Xbox One video games.

Winner: Xbox One S

Competing with the Xbox Sequence consoles

Of the 2 last-gen consoles, solely the Xbox One X comes considerably near holding its personal towards the Xbox Sequence S — although nowhere near the Xbox Sequence X. It has 12GB of reminiscence versus 10GB with the Sequence S, plus 6 TFLOPS of graphics versus 4 TFLOPS with the Sequence S. They each have 8 CPU cores, and the One X has a terabyte of storage versus 512GB on the Sequence S. Plus, the Sequence S is caught at 1440p for gaming, whereas the One X affords 4K gaming when you personal a 4K TV. Whereas the Sequence S does help 4K streaming, it lacks an optical drive, that means solely the Xbox One X can double as a 4K UHD participant.

Total, nonetheless, the Sequence S continues to be a superior piece of equipment. Even when it’s smaller in pure gigabytes, its solid-state drive drastically reduces loading occasions versus the One X’s onerous drive. Its eight cores hit 3.6GHz as an alternative of a mere 2.3GHz. Even with fewer teraflops, the Sequence S helps results like ray tracing and dynamic lighting that the Xbox One X can’t. Most significantly, the Sequence S constantly hits 60 fps and might rise as excessive as 120 for some video games, whereas the One X could hit 4K however is caught at 30 fps in that mode.

When you particularly desire a gaming console that doubles as a Blu-Ray participant, both the Xbox One S or Xbox One X is a greater possibility than the Sequence S. And the One X does have some minor areas the place it shines above the Sequence S. In any other case, you’ll seemingly need to improve to a more recent console, which is able to play Xbox One video games with higher graphical settings than the Xbox One consoles themselves.

Total winner: Xbox One X

Conclusion

With the Xbox One horse race down to 2 consoles, you have got the selection between energy and affordability. The Xbox One S affords a high quality system at a lower cost, and can also be extra more likely to be in inventory. For a lot of, and particularly these with no 4K TV, the Xbox One S is a good possibility. If you wish to get the perfect efficiency out of your console video games, although, the Xbox One X is the system to get, assuming you could find one.

Total winner: Xbox One X

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