Xbox One S review: a worthy successor -- to the Xbox 360
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
Microsoft is making a lot of assumptions with the Xbox One S. It's a 40 percent smaller and 100 percent whiter version of the Xbox One that launched nearly three years ago, albeit with a few key differences. First is the built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player and compatibility with high-dynamic-range video for increased contrast and a wider color gamut. Then there's support for Ultra HD streaming from apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. As for the rest of the system? For better and worse, it's basically the same.
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ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops will arrive this holiday
Hopefully Microsoft has learned its lesson from Windows RT.
Windows 10's biannual update schedule starts in September
Expect new feature releases every spring and fall moving forward.