For those of us that follow the gaming industry we all know the story by now; Microsoft announced a brand new Xbox One at their E3 2016 press conference, named the Xbox One S, and then they announced a far more powerful Xbox One coming at the end of next year, currently named ‘Project Scorpio.’ For many people, the announcement of a more powerful version of the console has put them off of purchasing an Xbox One, be it the older model which launched in 2013, or the new, slimmer model which will be arriving early next month. Whilst I can see the logic behind saving your money and waiting for Project Scorpio, the Xbox One S is still a smart purchase, and here are 5 reasons as to why you shouldn’t rule it out.
The Xbox One is the home of many fantastic games. For me personally, Halo 5: Guardians, Forza Horizon 2 and Sunset Overdrive are probably the 3 best Xbox One exclusives available right now. In addition to the amazing games that you can buy right now, Microsoft is treating Xbox gamers with a number of great titles this holiday season, such as ReCore, Forza Horizon 3 and, Microsoft’s crown jewel in their holiday lineup, Gears of War 4. All of this, in addition to highly anticipated multiplatform titles like Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, Final Fantasy XV and Watch Dogs 2, makes the Xbox One S a very attractive system for gamers worldwide this holiday season.
The price of the Xbox One S is a very attractive offer. Though only the most expensive version of the Xbox One S will be available at launch, the 2TB model for $399, they will gradually reduce the price of the system as they launch it with smaller hard drives. The cheapest that you’ll be able to grab an Xbox One S for will be $299, which will be equipped with a 500GB. True, a 500GB hard drive is the bane of many a gamer’s life, the Xbox One supports external hard drives, allowing the user to increase storage when they want to.
High Dynamic Resolution (HDR) is technique used to create a better dynamic between the lights and darks of the screen colours, thus giving a better, richer picture. One such game that we have seen running with HDR on the Xbox One S is the highly anticipated Gears of War 4. Come this October, Xbox gamers around the world will be able to pick up the latest instalment in the franchise, and those that pick it up for Xbox One S will be treated to a better experience than those that are playing on the current system.
4K content is rather limited right now, with big video providers such as Netflix, Sky Q and Amazon Prime only just starting to offer content running in ultra high-definition. In addition to being able to stream 4K video, the Xbox One S will be fully capable of playing 4K content from Blu-rays. Getting a brand new 4K Blu-ray player for as little as $299 is brilliant. Getting one that plays some of the best games available on the market for that price is an absolute steal.
4K Upscaling for Games
For quite some time there wasn’t a clear message on this, but now we finally confirmation that, yes, the Xbox One S will be able to upscale games from 1080p to 4K. Now, whilst this is not native 4K, something which would yield far greater results, and is something which Microsoft are promising Project Scorpio will be able to offer, it is providing a better experience than the standard 1080p in which most games run at these days.
So there you have it: the Xbox One S, a machine capable of playing 4K video, the latest, greatest games, and even upscaling them to 4K, and all for as little as $299. That is why buying the Xbox One S is a smart idea.