Amazon Review by Richard S.
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Great update to the original Xbox One
My only complaint about this model is 500GB is way too small. I would go with 1TB minimum. If you can spring for the 2 TB go for it.
I’ve generally been a PlayStation user, right up through the PS3. I decided I would initially skip the PS4 and Xbox one until they showed longevity and got upgraded. I have also, typically bought Xbox machines at the end of their cycle, and I have always liked them. Xbox also seems to start slow and build when they release new machines vs the PlayStation. So I waited to see the new versions of each machine, and went with the Xbox One S over the PS4 Slim. Once again Xbox started off slow, but in these upgrade versions I think it has taken the lead in architecture, Hard Drive Space, and Price.
Compared with the original Xbox One, we have a few key differences. Most good, some would say not all good, but as far as the “Cons” go, none of them mean that much to me. However, I have listed them for those who might care. They are as follows:
Pros vs. Original Xbox One:
- 40% smaller! And yes, the difference is very noticeable (see my comparison pictures)
- 4K output. Not as big of a deal to most people as 4K adoption is not huge yet, and it’s only really for video/Blu-ray (games are up scaled) but
I have a 4K TV, so why not get ahead of the curve for once (PS4 Slim does not offer this).
- The side USB port has been moved from the left side to the front, which is great for space saving
- No gloss finish. As always, glossy finishes look great on day one but do not age well (easily scuffed and scratched).
- Built-in power supply.
- Hardware upgrade. In addition to the 4K hardware upgrade (HDMI 1.4 vs HDMI 2.0), there is more processing power available for HDR.
- Higher capacity. You can now choose from models ranging from 500GB to 2TB. The extra internal space of the 2TB version was a huge selling point to upgrade.
- The new Xbox One controller with Bluetooth, 3.5 mm Headphone jack built in, and new textured handles. Current Xbox users seem more excited about the controller than anything else!
Cons vs. Original Xbox One (Again, I personally couldn’t care less.)
- As of launch, only available in white. I think it looks slick.
- No elite version for the real game geeks.
- Does not offer any option of a bundled Kinect, though it has been clear for awhile that Kinect support has been dwindling, and I find these motion sensors to be gimmicks (Go outside or to a gym. Meet someone Jeez!).
- Does not include a headset, not even a cheapy earbud-style one. The one thing I do care about.
All in all I think it’s a great buy for these systems, and it looks like it will be around for a little while longer.