Microsoft Xbox One X vs Xbox One S – The main differences discussed

After a long wait, Microsoft has finally released the Xbox One X, and there’s no doubt it is the most powerful video game console on the market today. The device comes in at $500, the same as the original Xbox One when it launched back in 2013.

Xbox One X vs Xbox One S

The power of the Xbox One X is quite evident in the number of titles tested by Digital Foundry. Clearly the Xbox One S nor the PlayStation 4 Pro are able to compete. However, while the games are a big part of a system, the others are quite important as well.

This is why we’ve decided to compare the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S to help with your decision if you’re interested in picking up one or the other.

Let’s look at the Xbox One S for starters

The Xbox One S is a smaller version of the Xbox One, and the only main difference in terms of hardware, is the slightly faster processor. All games will look the same on both systems, but on the S, some might have better framerates due to the somewhat faster CPU.

Another cool aspect of the Xbox One S is its capability to playback video content in true 4K. When it comes to games, then, the system relies on an upscaler to do the job.

It also has support for high dynamic range (HDR) and is the first game console to come with this feature right out of the box.

Furthermore, the dedicated Kinect port is gone, which means, those who are still using the camera must now purchase an adapter for it to work.

As for the price, well, it’s just $229 right now at Amazon.

The Xbox One X now

Right here is the big dog, the machine with six teraflops of GPU power and it shows. According to Microsoft, the size of the system is smaller than the Xbox One S, which in itself, is very small when compared to the original Xbox One.

Still, despite the size, the Xbox One X is much heavier, and that is to be expected since the system is packing a punch under the hood.

When it comes down to the processor, we understand it’s 30 percent faster than what the One S has to offer. Furthermore, it comes with 12GB of GDDR5 RAM, so games will load faster.

Because of the faster RAM and the beefy GPU, the new video game console is able to support games at native 4K. Still, don’t go in expecting every game to run at a smooth 60 frames per second because you’ll be disappointed. In fact, some games tend to go below 30 frames per second.

As for the design of the console, it’s the same as the Xbox One S. The only difference is the size, but everything else is where you’d expect.

Now then; in terms of pricing, Microsoft is selling the system for $499 via Amazon, so it’s not for everyone just yet. At the end of the day, it’s still a more capable 4K gaming machine when compared to a PC at the same price.

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