Back when Xbox One was announced, one of the biggest issues people had with it was that it looked too bulky. The design was too flat and not stylish enough like the PS4 which resulted in the console being referred to as a “VCR” (video cassette recorder for the young ones. No DVDs here). Well this bad press really affected the sales of the console even though Microsoft reverted from their other policies like mandatory Kinect or internet connection.
A new and slim version of a home console, without changing the hardware specifications, isn’t really a new thing. Xbox 360 did it, PS3 did it twice! To gain back all the followers it had lost, Microsoft did just that and announced, not unexpectedly, a slim version called Xbox One S during E3 2016. Not only was this new console 40% smaller in size but also looked great with a host of amazing features at an amazing price.
Soon after this announcement, in fact only an hour later, Microsoft announced their next generation console, Project Scorpio which they said would be releasing in 2017. This is where fans and non-fans alike started scratching their heads.
It was unclear whether people should get the Xbox One S or wait just a year longer to get their hands on Scorpio since not only is it better hardware but game support for Xbox One and One S might end soon when a new generation is launched.
Now that the Xbox One S is available in the market, the 2TB version at least, lets break the benefits of getting this new slim version or waiting for Scorpio.
Xbox One S vs Project Scorpio
From all the reviews and impressions, Xbox One S is a worthy machine for its price. Those who feel the classic Xbox One is ruining their living room’s sleek look with its bulkiness would definitely like to upgrade to this especially considering retailers like GameStop are offering a good trade-in credit towards the purchase of One S.
The One S has revamped controller with textured grip and a better IR sensor for long range connectivity. This might not be much of an incentive for most people unless they have huge living rooms where they play games.
The console also comes with support for HDR gaming and native 4K blu ray disc reading capabilities which ends up making it not only a good game console but a blu ray disc player as well, one of the cheapest ones in the market.
That about rounds up the benefits of Xbox One S. For those who have been holding out on the console purchase or already have the classic one but are bummed out by its lack of 4K video support should definitely look into upgrading to this. For those who don’t care about video or HDR, the price is just not worth it considering the fact that 500GB model of classic Xbox One is about $50 cheaper than Xbox One S with same storage size.
If someone still doesn’t own the Xbox One but fear about the remaining life of the console, Project Scorpio is worth looking out for. Instead of spending $300 on One S, it’s better to save that money for Scorpio which is expected to have native 4K gaming support which means it will carry with it a hefty price tag.
Game support itself might not be an issue thanks to Microsoft’s UWP through which almost every Xbox exclusive will be made available on PC too so creating another port for Project Scorpio shouldn’t be much of a problem. With Scorpio and the power specifications it carries, Xbox will be on an equal footing with PC games and fully capable of running 1080p 60fps if not better so it is definitely a substantial upgrade.
Microsoft has not made any indication as to whether Xbox One games will work on Scorpio or not but hopefully they will and if they do, it’s better to hold out on purchasing Xbox One or One S altogether at this point and wait for the next generation console. The current exclusives or multiplatform titles running at barely 30 frames per second will not only look better on Scorpio but also perform great.