If you do any sort of console gaming, there’s no doubt that you’ve already heard of the Xbox One X, and if not, you’ve probably been living under a rock! Gamers and consumers everywhere have been wondering what the next generation of consoles and gaming is going to look like, and while the Xbox One X wasn’t what they were hoping for, it still made notable strides for enthusiasts and our graphical capabilities.
That said, most still aren’t sure what the big difference is between the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X. So if you’re ready to pull the trigger on a new console, but want to make sure you’re getting what you want first, be sure to follow along below. We’re going to go into the highlights of the two consoles, and then show you which one is for you. Let’s dive right in.
Xbox One S
The first console that we’re looking at, and the model that has been around for the most time, is the Xbox One S. The Xbox One S has a slightly older design that hasn’t changed a whole lot since the launch of the original Xbox. Despite it’s older design, the Xbox One S is available in a variety of colors and styles — Microsoft primarily offers it in Black and White; however, they have partnered with a number of designers and companies to offer it in different styles (i.e. there’s a Battlefield style out there that came alongside the Battlefield 1 game).
Now, the notable differences between the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X come down to hardware capabilities. The Xbox One S is running a custom Microsoft processor that is clocked at 1.75GHz and equipped with a whole eight cores. Naturally, there’s a custom video card inside of the machine as well, which supports 914MHz, 12 CUs, 1.4 TFLOPS, and 8GB of DDR3 RAM.
Those aren’t bad specs by any means — they can certainly handle high-end games with some pretty vivid detail. Not only that, but the Xbox One S sits at a pretty affordable price point — a Xbox One S, on its own — at 500GB in storage — can be had for just $200, whereas many combo bundles won’t cost you more than $249. It makes it affordable for the average consumer as an easy way to get into gaming.
Xbox One X
Now, the Xbox One X has some pretty significant differences with it, and the first is in design. The Xbox One X got a much more modern, and sleeker look. And now, heat is actually outputted through the back of the console. That enables you to set things on top of the Xbox One X without ruining your system, such as controllers, charging stations, games, etc.
The hardware is much more impressive in the Xbox One X. You get a custom Microsoft processor that’s clocked at 2.3GHz with eight cores. The significant improvement here is the custom GPU, which comes in at 1.172GHz, 40 CUs, 6.0 TFLOPS; and a whopping 12GB of GDDR5 RAM. This actually enables the Xbox One X to play games in 4K resolution, as well as any media you might have. Suffice to say, the Xbox One X is a powerhouse that will be able to handle just about anything you throw at it.
That said, the Xbox One X does come at a much higher price point. It’s actually going to cost you double what an Xbox One S would cost you. You’re looking at a whole $500 for a 1TB version of this console. So as you can see, you have to be a pretty serious enthusiast to be willing to swallow a price like this.
Both the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X have their place in the market. As we mentioned, the Xbox One X is definitely geared towards more enthusiast gamers that want the 4K experience in their games. It’s an excellent machine, and it has a beautiful design; however, if you’re not an enthusiast, it really isn’t worth shelling out $500. If you game, say, an average amount of time, or for an occasional amount of time, and then just watch movies, Netflix, or other apps, the Xbox One S is way more cost-effective here.
Do you prefer the Xbox One S or the Xbox One X? Have you used either one before? Let us know in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you!