Microsoft XBox One S

85
Engadget
Score
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Xbox One S review: a worthy successor -- to the Xbox 360

Summary

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).

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Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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
Xbox One S review: a worthy successor -- to the Xbox 360

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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Scores

Engadget

85
 

Breakdown

Game library
7.8
Graphics
8.6
Controller(s)
8.0
Design and form factor
9.1
Other features (media, online, etc.)
8.4
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Specs

XBox

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Backward compatible
yes
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
HDMI
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Specs

XBox

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Backward compatible
yes
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
HDMI
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