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Xbox One Vs Xbox One S Vs Xbox One X: What Are The Differences And Which Xbox Console Should You Buy?

We break down the specs, features, and price of the Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X and let you know which Microsoft console is right for you.

With three major Xbox One consoles out on the market, it's easy to be a little confused as to the different specs and features of each model. We're going to clear that situation up in this article and break down which of Microsoft's systems is right for you. Make sure you also check out our review of the original Xbox One, our Xbox One S review, and our Xbox One X review. To see how all the modern consoles compare, check out our in-depth system spec chart.

Xbox One Specs

Xbox One

Xbox One S

Xbox One X

CPU

1.75GHz 8-core AMD custom CPU

1.75GHz 8-core AMD custom CPU

2.3GHz 8-core AMD custom CPU

GPU

Integrated AMD graphics clocked at 853MHz with 1.31 teraflops of performance

Integrated AMD graphics clocked at 914MHz

Integrated AMD graphics with 6 teraflops of performance

RAM

8GB DDR3

8GB DDR3

12GB GDDR5

Storage

500GB (5,400rpm) hard drive, supports external hard drive storage

500GB, 1TB, 2TB (5,400rpm) hard drive options, supports external hard drive storage

1TB hard drive

Dimensions

13.1x10.8x3.1 inches

11.6x8.9x2.5 inches

11.8x9.5x2.4 inches

Weight

7.8 pounds

6.4 pounds

8.4 pounds

Color

Black

Black and white

Black

Optical Drive

Blu-ray/DVD

4K/HDR Blu-ray drive

4K/HDR Blu-ray drive

Networking

Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi A/B/G/N 2.4GHz and 5GHz

Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi A/B/G/N/AC 2.4GHz and 5GHz

Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac dual band 2.4GHz and 5GHz

Internet Subscription

Xbox Live required to play online

Xbox Live required to play online

Xbox Live required to play online

Ports

Power, HDMI in, HDMI out, 3x USB 3.0, S/PDIF, Kinect port, IR out

Power, HDMI 2.0a in, HDMI 2.0a out, 3x USB 3.0, S/PDIF, IR out

Power, HDMI 2.0a in, HDMI 2.0a out, 3x USB 3.0, S/PDIF, IR out

4K Support

No

Yes (video)

Yes

HDR Support

No

Yes

Yes

Release Date

November 22, 2013

August 2, 2016

November 7, 2017

Release Price

$499.99

$299.99 (500GB), $349.99 (1TB), $399.99 (2TB)

$500 / £449 / AU $649

Current Price

$249.99

$299.99 (500GB), $349.99 (1TB), $399.99 (2TB)

$500 / £449 / AU $649

What are the differences between the Xbox One and Xbox One S?

Released in 2016, the Xbox One S represents a smaller, marginally more powerful version of the 2013-released Xbox One. With its 11.6x8.9x2.5 inch chassis, the black and white redesign is 40 percent smaller. It's also 1.4 pounds lighter, weighing 6.4 pounds. This is impressive when you consider that the S has an integrated PSU, unlike the original Xbox One, which came with a large external power brick.

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There S has several design tweaks. For instance, it replaces the capacitive power button with a physical one, which helps prevent accidental shutdowns. The S also removes the Kinect port. Unlike the original Xbox One, which was designed to lay horizontally, the S can also stand vertically.

In terms of specs, the Xbox One S has an overclocked GPU that got boosted from 853MHz to 914MHz. There's a chance you may see a slight performance improvement in games that don't have locked frame rates, but Microsoft primarily implemented the higher frequency to provide more overhead to support 4K HDR video playback, which is a feature the original Xbox One lacks. To supplement this new feature, the S also comes with a 4K HDR blu-ray player. While the original Xbox One debuted with a 500GB hard drive, the S features 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB variants.

The S model also comes with a slightly more refined controller that features a new textured grip. It also now supports Bluetooth, so users can use it with their Windows 10 PCs.

Should you upgrade to an Xbox One S if you have an Xbox One?

While the Xbox One S offers a small performance boost over the original, if you have a perfectly functional Xbox One, a more meaningful upgrade would be a move to the Xbox One X, which is significantly more powerful than either system.

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Xbox One/Xbox One S vs Xbox One X

Formerly codenamed Project Scorpio, the Xbox One X represents a significantly more powerful version of the Xbox One that's tailormade to take advantage of the burgeoning 4K TV market. Like the S model before it, it also supports HDR and comes with a 4K HDR Blu-ray drive.

Measuring 11.8 x 9.5 x 2.4 inches (30 x 24 x 6 cm), the Xbox One X is the smallest Xbox yet. This is especially impressive when you consider that, like the S model, it also has an integrated PSU. Aesthetically, it looks like a black version of the S and maintains its physical power button. It also doesn't have a Kinect port.

In terms of specs, it features improved hardware across the board. While it still uses a custom 8-core CPU from AMD, it's frequency has been boosted from 1.75GHz to 2.3GHz, which is 550MHz faster than the Xbox One/S before it. It also features a new integrated GPU from AMD that's capable of delivering six teraflops of graphics performance, which is more than 4.5 times as much as the original Xbox One. In terms of memory, the Xbox One X eschews the 8GB of slower DDR3 RAM for 12GB of GDDR5 memory. Microsoft says that 9GB of it is allocated for games with the rest of the 3GB going to the operating system.

While the Xbox One X still uses a hard drive as opposed to an SSD, its HDD is faster than its Xbox One equivalent and can load games more quickly.

What are some of Xbox One X's advantages?

The Xbox One X has specialized hardware that will allow every game to run with anisotropic filtering, which will allow textures off in the distance to look cleaner and sharper.

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Games that carry the Xbox One X Enhanced label have been tweaked to take advantage of the console's superior hardware. These improvements may take the form of native 4K rendering, added HDR support, or an FPS boost.

While the Xbox One X works best with 4K HDR TVs, 1080p TVs can also benefit by using the extra processing power to bolster frame rate or add extra graphical features like improved lighting and textures. 1080p TVs can also benefit from the Xbox One X's ability to enable supersampling, which is a potent form of anti-aliasing that mitigates unwanted jaggies.

Which Xbox One consoles support HDR?

Both the Xbox One S and Xbox One X support HDR. The original Xbox One does not.

Are there any user interface differences among the Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X?

No. All versions of the Xbox One use the same operating system and user interface.

Which Xbox One console should you get?

If you don't already have an Xbox One and have a 1080p TV and just want an affordable option to play Xbox One games, the Xbox One S is a sensible choice. We wouldn't suggest upgrading to an Xbox One S if you already have an Xbox One, however, considering you won't get a significant performance boost. If you have a 4K TV, or are interested in getting one in the near future and have the extra cash to spare, the Xbox One X is a better long-term investment. It's the most powerful console out today and can potentially provide sharper visuals, more vibrant colors, better performance, and added graphical bells and whistles. Should you upgrade to an Xbox One X if you already own an Xbox One? We would generally only recommend upgrading if you have a 4K TV and the disposable income to spare.

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A few games look PURDIER on the X...yawn. Whoopi

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If you don't care about 4K Gaming go with the "S" if you you care about 4K Gaming and think you will be getting a 4K TV or have a 4K TV get the "X" Don't even think about the original XBOX One. Pretty simple decision. I own both and I have to say the "X" really is a pretty big jump in performance. And even on 1080P Screen you will see advantages over the "S". So if you can afford it get the "X" and call it a day. Also expect the "X" to support VR once Microsoft releases a patch to support it with Mixed Reality Headsets.

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@dcole001: This is the best reply that I've seen, and totally agree with it. I would just add that the Xbox One S is also good if you are a casual gamer just looking for an inexpensive 4K video solution, since it allows 4K streaming and 4K Blu-Ray. Although the Xbox One S does not do 4K gaming, it does allow for HDR gaming, so games will still look better than the Original Xbox One if the game supports HDR.

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@dcole001: Exactly. They don't really need the above item. They should just put out a statement saying "if you can afford the X, then get it. If you can't, get the S (or the PS4Pro)."

*drops pen* (figuratively)

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@mpl911: Or just save all of your money and keep the base models. Like 80% of all console gamers.

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@bubba_666: yep - definitely. I'm keeping my One for the time being...will reconsider in a year or two. I have a 4K HDR tv but the tv hooked up to my xbox is HD only - so not much urgency for me to upgrade my console just yet.

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Wait... Does the XB One S have a Kinect port or not? Because the specs say it does, but the article says it doesn't....

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@Angelraid: D'oh. That was definitely a typo. Should be removed now!

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@Angelraid: This was definitely a typo, as both the Xbox One S and Xbox One X both require an adapter to use a Kinect. They do not have a dedicated port for it.

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@IMDLEGEND: thank you for the clarification :D

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@Angelraid: It doesn´t. And they are not making the adapter anymore, so if you like kinect games and/or features, I strongly recommend sticking to the original.

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If you have a 4k TV or plan to obtain one in a future, and you already have a Standard Console PS4/Xbox one,

But the other Console:

- If you have a Standard PS4/Slim, but an Xbox one X

- If you have an Xbox one/S, you can buy the Pro.

Just an idea. You get more games to play, instead of just the same games at higher res.

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Click bait lol. Choose what ever you want, they do THE samething (sorry I'm not talking or debating with you if you disagree)run the same thing cost slightly different for roughly the same thing, unless it's running technology never seen before like ah graphics that are close to real life using proprietary technology that Microsoft likes I guess but we haven't seen next gen graphics since Mario 64, or grand theft auto 5. So far a consoles a place to rest your arse on.

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@lorddaggeroff: Are you saying you can't see a graphical difference between today's games and Mario 64? If so you should really go see an optometrist, I think there is something wrong with your eyes.

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@Angelraid: The X doesn't make games on the base console look like old SNES, or N64 games. It's not that big of a difference AT ALL.

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@Angelraid: Yes that is what i'm saying.

The reason why i'm saying it is because back in the day games like mario 64 utilized hardware that wans't meant for a console.

https://books.google.com.au/books?id=6a8_AAAAQBAJ&pg=PA169&lpg=PA169&dq=nintendo+64+unix+engine&source=bl&ots=WUTiF0AFau&sig=h0mhVncwA_GCxNX625J-1eUEreI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiDirmr7ojZAhXJbbwKHeDYCZsQ6AEINTAC#v=onepage&q=nintendo%2064%20unix%20engine&f=false

So the technology nintendo 64 was using was not only impressive, it was almost beyond the price for anyone, how nintendo did it was impressive.

But today its all the same regardless if its on pc xbox 360, ps3, ps4 and the image is the same, model the same,the environment is the environment. but to answer your question graphics isn't important.

I guess the next successor to mario 64 is star citizen online.

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@lorddaggeroff: i take it you don't have an x with a 4k tv then as the difference is clear.I can actually enjoy fallout 4 now and finally finish it without the long load times and 360 graphics.which is your main console?

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@walbo: Not that much, given the price to play 4k, it's like a Mercedes Benz and a Nissan gtr, they both do the samething take the same fuel, drive on the same road the only difference is the price tag, but I take it you've never drived.

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@lorddaggeroff: it's not expensive at all.infact I retired my custom build pc to ride out the rest of this generation with the x and just keep the pc for work and strategy games (love a bit of total warhammer with a friend).got a cracking deal on the tv for 600 which the whole family can enjoy and most people will be owning one within a year and will be as common as hd tvs are now.don't get the whole car thing you are going on about lol.are you trying to imply I can't afford to drive or something as ironically you are the one saying things are too expensive for you?

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@walbo: I guess you don't see the glass at all, only broken because if you did you would realize the cost to play a game is the same.

I buy a $60+ game,

I place that game in the drive/or/install it.

I play that game, i shoot, i kill, i pick up, i talk, i drive, i do practically everything the same.

The only thing that isn't the same is the aesthetics exclusiveness and price.

If you object then that's not my problem.

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@lorddaggeroff: wtf haha.I have no idea what you are talking about.your attempt at edgy riddles genuinely comes across as nonsense lol.

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@walbo: Maybe it's for the best, that you stay on your side of the room and I'll lock the door.

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@walbo: I'm glad that your so well off but your a bit out of touch. For most families it is a lot of money and 600 for a TV is even more.

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@Angelraid: im working class.i dont earn alot and 600 for something that will last me around five years is a great buy for a hobby (most people pay this for tv's anyway regardles of if they game or not).try applying that same logic to golf for example or being into horses which would be far more expensive.considering there are alot of places that even let you pay monthly and the x is around the same price as a launch console which millions of people pay and enjoy, so don't think I'm out of touch at all to be honast.i think it's more a case of "is it worth it so far into a generation " which is a fair point but like I said before I have gave up on pc and it's upgrading so saving money that way as playing 4k on a pc.... now that is expensive all be it a greater experience but think I have found a good compromise with the x.

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@walbo: Well if you think dropping close to a grand is "not expensive at all" just to get started in a hobby; then all I can say is more power to you.

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@Angelraid: i made the wife beleive it was her idea for the tv so I only count 450 for the x lol.

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This article is silly Troll-bait.

Clicks-clicks-clicks.

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@Pyrosa: not everything that explains console specs = troll-bait. As the author of this article, it's meant to be informative to people who don't follow Xbox hardware closely.

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I do own an Xbone s and an Xboxone X and I do see an difference in both especially loading time. The Xboxone X loads faster than the S. Off topic for an moment I think MS should have created the Xboxone X for the next generation being it is hamstringed by the Xboxone and Xboxone S. MS has a good product but the games should be matched by the power of each system meaning Xboxone X really needs games that match it power and there are few games that do that.

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@lonewolf1044: Nah the CPU power just isnt' there for the price. Next gen will have a slighty more powerful GPU I'd say maybe 25% but the CPU will be a MASSIVE upgrade like 250% faster.

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i've been looking for the cheapest xbox one s as possible on offer up; seems like the best choice since i dont have the tv or money to wipe ass with for the xb1x

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I have the X I can really tell the difference on my 4k tv.

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I got the most basic one, but thank god it was at great deal. I'd honestly feel bad for how screwed over the early adopters get.

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I upgraded to an Xbox One S because my disc drive was broken, and I didn't think I would notice much else. Really though, the smaller form factor, ditching the Kinect, the placement of the USB port, the power button not being touch activated, and the sync button feeling more clicky were welcome and noticeable changes. There are also some good trade in options to swap over to the S.

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@spoochy: I went to the S simply because it was smaller and I travel A LOT. It was well worth it and at least one game runs better on it that being Battlefield 1.

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