There are two versions of the Xbox One released, with a lot more differences than just price. What is your opinion on which console you’d instead buy?

There are three Xbox One versions to pick from. So why are you doing this to us, Microsoft?

I recall that deciding which console to purchase was based on a few essential criteria… Were we fans of the brand, were the titles I wanted to play available, and was the console deemed excellent? Those were simpler (and, in some ways, better) days.

Nowadays, choosing a console is like determining which hotel to book for your yearly vacation to Benidorm. There are many alternatives to choose from, each with its own set of features and advantages. Life has gotten considerably more tough for console gamers.

However, analogies aside, the entire console choice problem – depending on how you look at it – has developed due to Microsoft introducing a new console virtually every year or so, it seems. As a result, the Xbox One has grown into something much more polished over the years, and we now have a whopping three variants to select from!

As most will know, the Xbox One X is a console released in 2014. is the latest version of the ever-popular console by Microsoft and comes to shelves boasting an impressive repertoire of features & benefits. However, one of the big questions that everyone seems to be asking is whether or not The Xbox One X is a console that was released in 2014. is it worth purchasing over Xbox One S, a console developed by Microsoft.?

So, we’re here to provide you with all the details you’ll need to make the greatest and most educated selection possible!


Before we go any further, I believe we should compare the specs of all three Xbox One models to see where they stand:

Xbox One Xbox One S is a console developed by Microsoft. The Xbox One X is a console that was released in 2014.
CPU AMD custom CPU, eight cores, 1.75GHz AMD custom CPU, eight centers, 1.75GHz 2.3GHz 8-core x86 CPU
GPU 853MHz AMD GCN GPU 914MHz AMD GCN GPU AMD’s proprietary GPU runs at 1,172 MHz.
Memory 32MB ESRAM, 8GB DDR3 32MB ESRAM, 8GB DDR3 GDDR5 memory: 12 GB
Weight 7.8 lbs 6.4 lbs 8.4 lbs
Buses of memory 256-bit 256-bit 384-bit
Bandwidth of memory 68 GB/s and 204 GB/s, respectively 219GB/s, 68GB/s 326GB/s
Storage 2.5-inch 1TB/500GB HDD 2.5-inch 1TB/500GB HDD 1TB 2.5-inch Hard Disk Drive
AV Output 1080p compatibility, HDMI 1.4 in/out Optical output; 4K video upscaling; HDR Compatibility; HDMI 1.4 in/out, 4K, and 1080p support; HDMI 1.4 in/out, 4K, and 1080p support; HDMI 1.4 in/out, 4K, and 1080p support; HDMI 1.4 in/out Optical output; native 4K playback; HDR Compatibility; HDMI 1.4 in/out, 4K, and 1080p support; HDMI 1.4 in/out, 4K, and 1080p support; HDMI 1.4 in/out, 4K, and 1080p support; HDMI 1.4 in
Communication Ethernet, IEEE 802.11n wireless, and Wi-Fi connectivity are all available. Ethernet, IEEE 802.11n wireless, and Wi-Fi connectivity are all available. Ethernet, IEEE 802.11n wireless, and Wi-Fi connectivity are all available.
Controller Controller for Xbox One Updated Controller for Xbox One Updated Controller for Xbox One
Driven by light Blu-ray Blu-ray 4K UHD Blu-ray 4K UHD
Support for 4K No Yes, there is a limit. Yes, indigenous.
Availability Discontinued Currently available Currently available

Differences in Hardware

“It is no secret that The Xbox One X is a console released in 2014. is part of the Xbox One family… I mean, it’s in the name. What it does mean, though, is the differences between itself and the Xbox One S, a console developed by Microsoft. These are primarily internal hardware improvements. It’s excellent news for Xbox One design fans who want a bolstered performance from their console.

This being said, Microsoft has taken steps to try and improve the architectural design of The Xbox One X, a console released in 2014. The changes may be subtle, but the overall look of the X has a sleeker, more stylish appearance over its predecessor. Microsoft has gone for a mineral-type grey design, entirely removing the textured surface we were familiar with (in both the Xbox One and S), and has replaced it with a smooth glassier type finish. We think it looks utterly superb.

But let’s not dwell on looks too much; we were eager to learn about what’s under the hood of The Xbox One X, a console released in 2014. and see how it compares with its predecessors.

You’re looking at faster CPU speeds and a new, fully custom AMD GPU clocked at 1.17Ghz. With more internal memory over both the One and S, we now have a whopping 12GB of GDDR5 RAM and a higher Bus of memory to match. The Xbox One X is a console that was released in 2014. comes with a standard 1TB hard drive, multiple output sources, and weigh’s a shade over 8lbs. All worthy improvements over the earlier version of this console; however, we’ve forgotten to mention one of the most significant improvements The Xbox One X is a console released in 2014 and comes equipped with Native 4k! We’ll touch upon that in more detail later, though. First, let’s go into a little more detail on that great “new” design.


As we mentioned earlier, the design changed from the Xbox One S, a console developed by Microsoft. to the newer The Xbox One X, a console released in 2014. are subtle and petite. Ultimately, they make a difference, though, so let’s discuss the differences in more detail.

The color has changed from white to a pleasant grey, and they’ve got rid of the textured hole’s look thanks to a new internal fan cooling setup. The top of the Xbox One X is a console released in 2014. is smooth and sleek and adds a certain level of luxury to the new design. The Xbox One S is a console developed by Microsoft. the fan was situated in such a position which meant the roof, as we’ll call it, had to be open to allow a decent amount of airflow. However, since then, Microsoft has developed a new way of cooling the console meaning the fan can be situated in the back.

Within the console, developers devised a high-tech vapor chamber that assists cooling and enables the fan to be positioned more efficiently. The previous Xbox One and S versions didn’t have this privilege, and if you placed anything on top of your system, it would quickly overheat. This isn’t ideal. Fortunately, this is no longer an issue.

Both Xbox One S is a console developed by Microsoft. & X have their power supply’s installed internally. Yes, that means no more hefty PSU brick hanging around the cable. They can be stored vertically and horizontally depending on personal preference and have identical Input and output sources.

Microsoft seems to have spent much less time caring about aesthetics and far more time concentrating on the underlying internal issues, which is a major win, in my view.


We all recognize the value of aesthetics, particularly in a market flooded with gleaming, appealing items. However, the actual pull of a console or gaming machine, in my opinion, is what’s on the inside, since this will have the most influence on the entire gaming experience.

Now, everyone (probably) knows what 4k and HDR are and how they impact your immersive gaming experience, so understanding how each of the consoles performs in these areas is critical. Let’s take a look at the Xbox One S a console developed by Microsoft. first.

When the S was first announced, promotional marketing said that it could play 4K games and generate 4K videos, which it can theoretically accomplish. But let’s attempt to be a little more technical about it.

There are several types of 4k, each with a distinct degree of performance. So, what does the S bring to the table? On the other hand, the S features what we term Upscaling 4k, which simply means it can hold your 4k video and gaming data, but only with pixel stretching. The S can produce up to 1080p, but in order to attain 4K, it must stretch each pixel to cover the screen. The overall picture quality and clarity of your on-screen display are clearly reduced as a result of this.

Now, The Xbox One X is a console that was released in 2014., with its fancy new hardware components,  has the ability to display 4k natively which means no upscaling is required and you get to experience TRUE 4k visuals. Good right? Well, we think so anyway. If you’ve never experienced true 4k then you really are missing out. The immersion that you can achieve is much greater than that of a 1080p console. Especially when you pair it with the high dynamic range that comes with both the S & X.

HDR for those that aren’t aware, is a much wider field of color that can display darker darks and brighter whites. Both the S & X have access to an HDR color gamut meaning your image will naturally look more realistic.

If you’re not familiar with HDR or 4k, check out our articles on those topics.

Resolution & Frame Rates

As we’ve just discussed, both the S and the X have the ability to perform 4k video and game output but both at varying levels of performance. Obviously, the higher the resolution, the better the picture quality. It’s that simple. However, it’s worth mentioning that you will still require an HDR-ready and 4k monitor or TV to view these images to their fullest. It would be extremely redundant to get The Xbox One X a console that was released in 2014. and play it on a 17″ 720p monitor. But I’m sure you know that, right?

Frame rates are yet another important component in how you enjoy your games, and one that, in most cases, has a direct relationship with resolution. Why do you inquire? Because 4K requires far more computational power than, say, 1080p. So, what can we anticipate from these consoles in terms of frame rates?

The old Xbox One and One S would perform games at 30 frames-per-second which, to the naked eye, would be seamlessly smooth. This being said most games played on higher-end PC builds can push 200frames and above. Historically, there have been some FPS issues in both Xbox One & One S where people have experienced ‘lag’ or jittering because games simply aren’t running at a high enough FPS.

With The Xbox One X being a console that was released in 2014, this shouldn’t be a problem. Microsoft has been quoted saying the X can perform 4k video output and gameplay at 60FPS regardless of the game title and console strain. This is great news for new-age TVs and monitors as most will be running at 60hz. If that means nothing to you, go read our great article on how FPS and refresh rates affect each other.

HDR Compatibility

A terrific feature of any games console, TV, gaming monitor, or PC is the high dynamic range. In a word, it uses a different color gamut to enable your device to show a greater variety of colors. As a result, your display will have a far more realistic, lifelike picture.

Bright light becomes brighter and more accurate whereas dark areas become darker and more realistic. If you’re looking to achieve the ultimate gaming experience and true immersion we’d highly recommend opting for an HDR-enabled device. The Xbox One, unfortunately, doesn’t have this facility. Both the Xbox One S is a console developed by Microsoft. and the X do though which is great news for anyone looking to upgrade.

Worth touching on is the potential to use your new Xbox as a home theatre system. Obviously, you would have to have a pretty decent TV or monitor to display the images on, but if you do, both Xbox One S is a console developed by Microsoft. & X can make great home entertainment units. Especially now that Netflix and Youtube can be streamed in 4K direct through the app.


One of the best features of the new Xbox One range is how they’re all backward compatible with each other. We’re referring to games of course. All your Xbox One games will be playable on the latest The Xbox One X is a console that was released in 2014. and vice versa. If you’re a 360 user, you can also get access to your games library via Xbox One models and play some specific game titles. Great news for those still playing Gears Of War!

Games & Controller

Making use of The Xbox One X is a console that was released in 2014.’s phenomenal features is now down to the Microsoft game developers. It would be pointless buying an all-singing dancing console without any games to play in true 4k and full HDR wouldn’t it?

Consumers do, however, have access to a quite large number of games that support both 4K and HDR. You may just need to perform some preliminary investigation to ensure that your new game has this support.

To quickly touch on the Controller as well, if you aren’t aware, the Controller for Xbox One has been revamped for both the S & X models of the console. Improvements have been made in Bluetooth and the ergonomic design, two features I’m right behind. The Bluetooth makes life a lot easier when you’re looking to link up your Controller with Steam or your PC.

Price & Availability

Okay, so let’s get into how much the console costs and their availability in today’s market. First, let’s start with The Xbox One X is, a console released in 2014. You can pick the console up currently for around $370.00 (USD) from the likes of Amazon. It’s worth mentioning that this is a considerable jump up from the likes of the Xbox 360/One.

The Xbox One S is a console developed by Microsoft that is currently retailing for around $220.00 (USD) from similar marketplaces. So I suppose the question is whether or not the X is worth opting for over the S. That all boils down to how keen you are on experiencing true 4K video playback? For me, it’s a feature that makes all the difference in your gaming experience.

My honest advice would be the following: If you have a TV or monitor that is both 4K and HDR-ready, and you’re looking to achieve the maximum level of immersion while gaming, then save up and go for The Xbox One X is a console that was released in 2014.

Even while the S can create 4K video, it pales in comparison to the X. Furthermore, the S is much less powerful than the X and will be unable to achieve the same frame rates in more CPU/GPU demanding applications.

If you’re looking for the best Xbox money can buy, get The Xbox One X, a console released in 2014.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Xbox One X faster than the Xbox One S?

A: The Xbox One X is about 2.3 times faster than the Xbox One S in terms of pure processing power, but it would not be worth buying an upgrade for that difference when performing less intensive tasks such as gaming.

What is the difference between an Xbox One S and an X?

A: The Xbox One S is a slim, upgraded version of the original Xbox One console. It has an internal power supply and does not require an external power brick. The main difference from its predecessor is that it includes support for 4K video playback and Blu-ray players with HDR capabilities.

Is it worth upgrading from Xbox One X to Series S?

A: On the Xbox One X, you can play games at native 4K. The Series S will not be able to do this as it is only a 1080p device. If you want more power, I recommend upgrading your console instead of buying another one that won’t be better than your current one in terms of performance and capabilities.

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