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Xbox One S review: The Xbox One moves into the 4K generation

Mark Hachman | Aug. 3, 2016
But it's only worthwhile if you own or plan to own a 4K TV.

(In a report, Eurogamer found that the One S clock is 7 percent faster than the One—914 MHz versus 853 MHz, resulting in small frame rate increases of 2 to 5 fps in certain games and under specific conditions. Again, I noticed no differences between the two consoles in terms of frame rate.)

“Upscaled experiences will vary based on the game or app,” Microsoft said, when I asked whether my experience was out of the ordinary. So this feature’s appeal will depend on how well and pervasively it’s supported in the future.

Should you buy this console?

For me, the One S is the equivalent of retooling an American automobile for the European market, shrinking it down while adding the latest gizmos to appeal to a fresh audience. 

For PC fans who already happen to own an Xbox One and don’t own a 4K TV, I’d say to hold onto your money and wait for Project Scorpio in 18 months. By then, 4K TVs should be even more advanced and potentially cheaper, and in the meanwhile you can still play whatever console exclusives you love on the original Xbox One.

But if you’ve already invested in 4K hardware, and either want to get your hands on Halo  or just a much more versatile 4K Blu-ray player, then why not? The One S has taken Microsoft’s original concept of an all-in-one entertainment device and improved it nicely for the 4K generation.


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