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Microsoft Xbox One S

Microsoft Xbox One S

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85 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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
85 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Average Critic Score
 
80
The Verge
The 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.
 
80
CNET
The 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.
 
90
TechRadar
The 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.
 
90
Gizmodo
The 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.
 
90
IGN
It’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.
 
80
Time
The 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.
 
100
Stuff
We’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.
 
90
Destructoid
Backward 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.
 
80
PC World
Microsoft's Xbox One S may be physically smaller than its predecessor, but it's essentially an Xbox One remastered for the 4K generation.
 
90
Eurogamer
It'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.

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