Top 5 Xbox One S Features: Xbox One S vs Xbox One Comparison
– [Andru] In my last video, I brought you my review of the Xbox One S, the newly released, slimmed down, flag ship game console from Microsoft that packs in a bunch of 4K features. I got a lot of people asking about the main differences between the new Xbox One S and the original Xbox One, so I figured I’d do a follow-up video to address exactly that. So, let’s kick it off starting with the most obvious difference: the way it looks. Show someone the original Xbox One, and then the Xbox One S, and if they aren’t a gamer, they’d likely not be able to tell that these are essentially the same console platform. When the Xbox One was released a few years ago, it was huge and clunky, and sported a larger power brick to boot. Compare that to the Xbox One S, and it’s a night and day difference. Gone is the bulky external power brick, replaced with a simple power cord. Not only was Micrsoft able to reduce the size of the Xbox One S by 40%, they were even able to move the power supply into the Xbox One S console itself at the same time.
Looking on back, all the ports are the same with he exception of the omission of the Kinect Port on the new model. It appears that Microsoft is phasing out the Kinect. And, instead, wants games to use a headset microphone for voice commands and the new, built-in IR blaster in front of the Xbox One S for remote control of other home theater devices. Another key hardware difference is that the Xbox One S can stand vertically with the optional vertical stand accessory. If you buy the two terabyte model, you’ll get the stand included in the box. If not, it’ll cost you $ if you get the 1 terabyte, or 500 GB version. The included controller for the Xbox One S also has some minor changes as well. The biggest of which is that it now supports Bluetooth connectivity to the console as well as to PCs and even mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. It also has a more tactile finish on the hand grips, making it less slippery, and the thumbsticks have been improved as well. The next big change Microsoft introduced here on the Xbox One S is 4k Blu-Ray. And this is actually a big deal.
The original Xbox One played standard Blu-Ray discs and DVDs, while the new Xbox One S adds in-support for 4k Blu-Ray. Since the Xbox One S starts at $299, it’s officially the cheapest 4k Blu-Ray player that you can buy, and it does way more than just play 4k Blu-Ray discs, unlike the standalone units. This means that people who own a 4k TV, and want to play 4k discs, will likely be seriously considering the Xbox One S even if they aren’t necessarily gamers. This could be a huge win for Microsoft. The one caveat that I’ve found so far is that if you have a high-end speaker system or receiver in your home that supports Dolby Atmos or DTS X like I do, the Xbox S doesn’t send that untouched audio from the disc over to your receiver. In fact, for whatever reason, I’ve found that it even struggled to send uncompressed audio.
Microsoft says that an update is forth-coming for the high definition audio options, though. And if you don’t have a crazy sound system in the first place, then this won’t even affect you at all. The next feature that sets the Xbox One S apart from the original is 4k video streaming. Services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Youtube, support 4k streaming video, which the original Xbox One couldn’t handle.
With the new version, you get access to the higher resolution videos that these services have to offer. That means that you can pull up my Youtube channel on your Xbox One S, and watch this very video in glorious 4k. Another new feature found on the Xbox One S is 4k Game Upscaling. So, you’re probably sensing a pattern here. Microsoft spent a lot of time optimizing the Xbox One S for the new influx for 4k televisions. To be clear, though, this is 4k upscaling, not true 4k gaming. You’ll have to wait until next year’s much more powerful Xbox One Release: Project Scorpio for true 4k gamine and virtual reality. Instead, the Xbox One S takes whatever the resolution is from the game you’re currently playing and upscales it to 4k before sending the signal to your television. That will make the games look better if you’re playing them on a 4k TV set, but it won’t be using 4k textures. And, finally, the last big change, and it’s my favorite feature: HDR capability. When most people think of HDR, they think of photography, but with video, HDR means the dynamic range between the darkest colors and the brightest colors that your television can display is much wider.
It really is something you have to see for yourself, but the colors are amazing and more true to life, and the brightness is unlike anything you’ve ever seen on a television. The Xbox One S supports HDR for streaming, for 4k Blu-Ray disks, and for gaming. You’ll need a television capable of displaying the open HDR 10 spec, as opposed to a TV that can only display Dolby Vision HDR, in order to take advantage of this. In my test, HDR on both 4K Blu-Ray and streaming from Netflix looked great. I couldn’t test high-dynamic range gaming, though, because inexplicably, Microsoft won’t be releasing any HDR capable games until the Fall. You’d thing they’d have launched something alongside the new console to show it off, but nope. So, there you have it, guys. The five big changes that Microsoft introduced to the Xbox One S that make it an even better console than the original Xbox One.
Now, I want to hear from you. Is this enough to make you want to upgrade? Or are you going to wait for Project Scorpio instead? Or are you not even a console gamer at all? Sound off in the comments below, and I’ll meet you there for further discussion. Be sure to hit that like button if you enjoy this one. And when you see my face appear in the video, click on it and hit subscribe, if you’re not subscribed already to stay up to date on my future videos, including the upcoming Xbox One S giveaway.
Thanks a lot for watching. As always, guys, I appreciate the support. This is Andru Edwards, and I’ll catch you in the next video.
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