Microsoft Xbox One S
Thanks to new software, more compact hardware and an excellent pack-in controller, the Xbox One S feels like a worthy successor to the older Xbox 360. If you already have an Xbox One, however, there's little reason to upgrade unless you're also planning on buying a 4K TV (or already own one).
- The only game console with a UHD Blu-ray drive for 4K movie playback
- Refined design
- Very quiet and very small
- Excellent pack-in gamepad
- 4K streaming apps and 4K Blu-ray playback don't work out of the box
- HDR video for gaming won't be available until this fall
- No reason to buy unless you own a 4K TV
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- Critic Reviews (10)
- 87AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsCNET80Microsoft Xbox One S review: Xbox One S is the besThe Xbox One S is the console Microsoft should have delivered three years ago, but there's little reason to upgrade if you already own the original box.Gizmodo90Xbox One S Review: What the Xbox One Should Have BThe Xbox One S is great, but it’d be nicer if this wasn’t a stopgap ... intended to hold us over. If you’ve got the time, money, and urgent desire for UHD now, then pick it up. Otherwise it’s probably better to hang onto your cash and wait for Project Scorpio to arrive late next year.PC World80Xbox One S review: The Xbox One moves into the 4KMicrosoft's Xbox One S may be physically smaller than its predecessor, but it's essentially an Xbox One remastered for the 4K generation.Time80Review: Xbox One S Brings Important Upgrades to MiThe Xbox One S is where, had the Xbox One somehow landed in late 2013 at a similar price as Sony’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft might have pulled ahead of its rival, or at least maintained sales parity.Eurogamer90Microsoft Xbox One S reviewIt's still an Xbox One of course, so don't go in expecting a radically refreshed piece of hardware - but it may well be the best console revision we've seen to date.The Verge80Xbox One S reviewThe One S is simply a very, very good console that works like a modern streaming and gaming box should: you can stream video from a multitude of apps and play high-quality games. But despite that, I don’t know who should buy it.TechRadar90Xbox One S reviewThe Xbox One S is the pinnacle of what Microsoft set out to create three years ago. But being sleeker, cheaper and more powerful than its predecessor, the One S could also rub early adopters (who shelled out for Kinect) the wrong way.IGN90XBOX ONE S REVIEWIt’s a solid all-around machine, but it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. If it did, it would be easy to say that it’s ... the Xbox One we should’ve gotten in the first place. But with Microsoft promising ... Project Scorpio ... the question becomes much more difficult to answer.Stuff100Microsoft Xbox One S reviewWe’re not as close to the dawn of genuine 4K console gaming as you might imagine. In the meantime, let’s enjoy the Xbox One S’ support for HDR.Destructoid90Review: Xbox One SBackward compatibility completely swayed me into choosing the Xbox platform for most of my multiplatform needs, and with the future-proof HDR compatibility, the Xbox One S should be a staple in my entertainment setup for a long while.