Ultimately, the battle between Xbox One S and Xbox One X is reduced to if you have a 4K TV to accompany it. If you have a 4K TV or monitor, an Xbox One X will provide the best images that the video game industry has to offer outside a very high-end gaming PC. Even in 1080p games, many games are compatible with Xbox One X's 60 exclusive FPS modes, but you'll pay a premium for the privilege.
Xbox One X vs. Xbox One S: Specifications Showdown
|Category||Xbox One X||Xbox One S Processor|
|"Evolved" 8-core Jaguar CPU at 2.3GHz||8-core Jaguar CPU at 1.75GHz  Storage||1TB||500GB, 1TB or 2TB|
|Memory||12GB of RAM GDDR5||8GB DDR3 RAM|
|Graphics||40 CUs (1,172Mhz) 6 GPU TF  12 CUs (914MHz) 1.23 TF GPU  Ports||HDMI input; HDMI output; a front USB 3.0; two USB 3.0 rear facing; IR receiver / blaster; SPDIF digital audio; Ethernet||HDMI input; HDMI output; a front USB 3.0; two USB 3.0 rear facing; IR receiver / blaster; SPDIF digital audio; Ethernet|
|Optical unit||4K UHD Blu Ray||4K UHD Blu Ray|
|Design||Matte black||Matte white|
|Price||$ 500 RRP|| $ 300 RRP  HD vs. UHD
Since the Xbox One X costs about $ 200 more than the Xbox One S, it is fair to expect some massive gains. Microsoft has delivered. The Xbox One X includes more than 130 visually enhanced games with more on the way, taking advantage of the bestial six teraflops (TF) of the graphic power console. In comparison, the Xbox One S only has about 1.2 TF, which often has difficulty handling games with a native resolution of 1080p. But what does all this mean?
Resolutions, plotted. 4K / UHD in red, 1080p / HD in bright green.
4K is known as "UHD" or ultra high definition because the images contain many millions of additional pixels (8,294,400 to be precise) vs. definition (2,073,600). Each pixel represents a single point of colored light, which is combined to create the images on the screen. More pixels mean sharper images, more details and, therefore, more immersion. Both consoles are also compatible with HDR, which allows games to achieve more vivid colors and take advantage of more realistic light tones and contrasts, producing spectacular effects.
It is difficult to replicate what 4K really means without seeing the images on a 4K screen, simply because the screen does not have enough pixels to display the images natively. While it does not do true 4K justice since the images are crushed. You can see in the previous slider that the 4K image is much sharper than the 1080p image, especially when you zoom in with your web browser. Pay attention to the details in the background textures, trees, etc. In modern AAA games like Assassin & # 39; s Creed Odyssey and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the difference is quite large.
Fallout 76 is an excellent example of the differences between 4K on the Xbox One X and HD level visuals on the Xbox One S base , which shows how resolution bumps could instantly improve visual quality. However, it's not just a plain resolution, and even 1080p TV owners can participate in the Xbox One X action to some extent. Many games support 60 exclusive Xbox One X FPS modes, which you can enjoy in a 1080p set. Fallout 76, for example, will have much better detail in its trees and environments, even on a 1080p TV, when using an Xbox One X.
Highly detailed "AAA" games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey really charge life in 4K, with unprecedented details.
Many games on the Xbox One X enhanced list will not come out at a native 4K resolution. Instead, they will use chessboard rendering techniques or use resolutions lower than 4K, using computing power to add physical details and enhanced effects (or more). Even if they are using UHD resolutions that their HD set cannot accept, the Xbox One X will use a technique called super sampling to take the 4K image and improve its visual quality at an HD level. You will also benefit from faster loading speeds, due to the improved hard disk drive of the X.
Therefore, we know that dozens and dozens of games will look significantly better on the Xbox One X , but what about other features?
The first thing to keep in mind is that the Xbox One X is a little smaller than the S. It is not much smaller than you will choose just for that fact, but it is worth considering. Both consoles can also be placed vertically with an additional vertical support.
Both the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S work incredibly quiet, despite the thin form factor of the X. The X comes with advanced cooling features to help with this, which certainly has, in part, impacted its price.
Both consoles support HDMI input for the TV passage, which means you can connect your cable box or TV receiver to your console, and use it to navigate through TV channels and schedules. However, with the Xbox One TV tuner accessory, you could remove a TV decoder separately in some territories. Both consoles also have an IR blaster to communicate with other devices, such as televisions, sound systems and remote controls.
None of the consoles have a port designed specifically for the Kinect (now dead), unfortunately, but you can choose a Kinect USB adapter for that purpose if you still have one. Since the October 2018 update, the Xbox One S and Xbox One X can be controlled with an Amazon Echo voice speaker, which is an excellent replacement for Kinect. As for other peripherals, both the X and the S have the same number of USB ports: two on the back, one on the front.
The Xbox One S was updated with support for 1080p 30 FPS DVR video recording, after years of being restricted to 720p. However, Xbox One X is compatible with the full 4K 60 FPS video recording options, complete with HDR. With today's technology, the best 4K capture devices are based on PCI-e (for desktop PCs) or independent professional solutions that cost hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider looks impressive on the Xbox One X.
In addition, the Xbox One X supports FreeSync variable refresh rates: Xbox One X enhanced games could offer options for frame rates between 30 and 60 standard FPS without tearing the screen. This will provide a smooth experience even if developers decide to offer frame rates below 60 FPS to achieve 4K or other visual improvements in their games. While support for this type of display technology is not yet widespread in combination with 4K and HDR, it should see more adoption in 2019 and beyond.
So, which one should I buy?
The main problem here is if you don't have a 4K TV. Profits can be obtained by using the Xbox One X with a 1080p set, but they will not be as pronounced as with a 4K screen with HDR. I would say that, unless you are going to have a 4K TV or monitor soon, you could probably keep an Xbox One S. However, as time goes by, it seems that developers are increasingly prioritizing the development of the Xbox One X versions of its games. Many modern games work much worse on the Xbox One S. Even if you don't have a 4K TV to enjoy the extra pixels, you'll enjoy better performance across the board.
If you don't know whether or not to join the 4K resolution revolution, it depends on what you want from your console experience. If you are the type of console player who buys all the latest and greatest games and wants the best visual experience possible, the Xbox One X with a 4K TV is the best option by far this year. If you are a content creator, the Xbox One X will provide you with 4K video clips and screenshots as a bonus.
However, if you are a little more informal and you are more interested in perhaps only choosing one or two games per year and occasionally playing in the afternoons after a hard day at work, consuming media, Xbox One S could be A more cost effective solution. You can always invest in a 4K TV and an Xbox One X later, since all games and all accessories will be fully compatible on both devices. You will get the enhanced 4K images included for free. 4K panels and the Xbox One X will eventually drop in price as well.
It all comes down to personal preferences, but the Xbox One S will be the real bargain console for the rest of the year. The X will compete for the unconditional public against Sony's less powerful PlayStation 4 Pro and even some high-end gaming PCs.
As someone who primarily plays on Xbox One X in 4K with HDR, frankly I never want to watch a game without 1080p HDR again, especially after playing enhanced games like Wolfenstein II and Assassin & # 39; s Creed: Origins. But I am also the type of person who has spent his entire working life learning the latest games and consoles. It all depends on how invested you are in the hobby, but 4K is really something special.
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