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Xbox One S Ratings and Reviews

Xbox One S remains a functional and powerful games machine that has also included a 4K Blu-ray player. Xbox One S can play Blu-Ray disks and it will play 4K via Amazon and Netflix, for instance, and it can also upscale games to 4K as well. With 4K TVs getting more affordable, it makes sense to invest in the One X and enjoy your games in glorious 4K. 

The Xbox One S comes in three sizes – the same casing, just three different internal storage sizes. Different versions include 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB of space. Xbox One S is a 40% smaller than the Xbox One.

What is the Xbox One S?

The Xbox One is an eighth-generation home video game console developed by Microsoft. The Xbox One S’s biggest difference to the original Xbox One is that the it supports 4K Ultra HD video steaming and HDR Gaming.

The Xbox One S has a completely different look compared to the original Xbox One. The console itself is very aesthetically pleasing. It was designed by Andrew Kim. The design of the S is extremely appealing, being much more streamlined.

The accompanying controller has a textured underside for grip and is much more ergonomic during long hours of use than others. The connectivity has no problems from much further distances to the console.

The reactivity is great and highly responsive, and the HDR capabilities mean that games and viewing are MUCH more visually impressive. The lag times are noticeably fewer on the One S, and it has the capacity for 4K.

Microsoft will also give gamers the ability to stream games installed on their console to their smartphone. 

The capacitive power and eject keys were replaced by physical buttons, the side USB port, and controller sync button were moved to the front of the console, and its power supply is integrated into the console’s casing rather than sitting externally.

Good Performance for Gaming and TV

The Xbox One S packs some really good performance making it an excellent choice for entry-level gaming and TV.

Xbox One S from different retailers:

Price comparision

What lead to Xbox One S’s success?

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Executive Vice President, Gaming Phil Spencer


“ Xbox One S may not the most powerful console, but the 4K Blu-ray player & Xbox Game Pass, it’s the best value in town…”
– DigitalTrends
“ Xbox One S may not the most powerful console, but the 4K Blu-ray player and Xbox Game Pass, it’s the best value in town… ”
– TopTenReviews


“ If you are looking to join the current generation, do yourself a favour and pick up an original Xbox One S, or Xbox One X…”
– ThexBoxHub
“ The updated controller feels cheaper than its predecessor. Project Scorpio, the more powerful Xbox One successor…”
– Digital Trends

Xbox One S requires a USB adapter to attach a Kinect sensor, as it no longer includes the proprietary port used on the original model.


CPU: 1.75GHz AMD “Jaguar” 8 cores
GPU: 1.4 teraflops, AMD Radeon 12 compute units
Memory: 8GB DDR3 RAM
Storage size: 500GB, 1TB or 2TB
Connectivity: HDMI-in, HDMI-out, one front-facing USB 3.0, two rear-facing USB 3.0, IR receiver/blaster, SPDIF digital audio, ethernet

How to set up the Xbox One S

First, make sure your TV has an HDMI port. Unpack the Roku Streaming Stick+ and follow the steps. You can also watch the video below from Roku explaining the procedure.

  1. Plug the Xbox One S HDMI Out into your TV’s HDMI port on the back or side of your TV with the included cable. 
  2. Note the HDMI port’s number., because if your TV has more then one HDMI ports you will have to select it. If you plan to stream movies and TV shows in 4K UHD or HDR, remember to select an HDMI 2.0 port that supports HDCP 2.2.
  3. Connect your console to your cable or satellite box
  4. Unplug the existing HDMI cable connecting your cable or satellite box to the TV and plug it into the Xbox’s HDMI In port
  5. Plugin the Xbox One S‘s power cord to a power source.
  6. Put batteries in the controller
  7. Now use your TV remote and turn on your TV, then press the Source (depends on your TV it could be Input, or Video instead) button on the remote and select the HDMI port into which the Xbox One S is plugged in. 
  8. Follow the screen to set your Xbox installation.
  9. During the setup process, your Xbox will ask you to select your wireless network
  10. Enter the password for your network using the keyboard display on your screen, then select Enter

These are the best video games available for Xbox One, according to the average professional review scores on Metacritic:

GameMetacritic scoreYear
Red Dead Redemption 2972018
Grand Theft Auto V972014
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain952015
Forza Horizon 4922018
Divinity: Original Sin II – Definitive Edition922018
What Remains of Edith Finch922017
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt912015
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice912019
Forza Horizon 3912016
Dead Cells912018
NieR: Automata – Become as Gods Edition902018
Monster Hunter: World902018
Destiny: The Taken King902015
Ori and the Will of the Wisps902020
NBA 2K17902016
Yakuza 0902020
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin892015
F1 2019892016
Stardew Valley892015
Destiny: The Taken King892015
Injustice 2892017
Fallout 4882015
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus882017
Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition882015
Forza Motorsport 6882015
FIFA 14882013
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition882016
Dishonored 2882016
The Banner Saga 3882018
DOOM Eternal882020
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition882014
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition882014
Apex Legends882019
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice882018

If you plan to stream movies and TV shows in 4K UHD or HDR, remember to select an HDMI 2.0 port that supports HDCP 2.2. 

A great overview of Seth. If you like the video don’t forget to subscribe to his channel.

Of course if your TV doesn’t support 4K you may not see all the benefits of using it. 4K TVs are really affordable and the price is down to $500 average for a good 4K TV.

Gaming consoles devices comparison

Microsoft Xbox One SSony PlayStation 4 ProNintendo Switch
Max picture quality4K Ultra HD, 1080p HD and HDR
4K Ultra HD, 1080p HD and HDR
Voice remoteAdvantagesAdvantages
Wi-Fi standards802.11 b/g/n/ac single-band802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 b/g/n single-band
Ethernet portAdvantagesAdvantages
Headphone jackAdvantagesAdvantagesAdvantages

At the Glance…

Xbox One S can output 4K, but only on Netflix and similar streaming services, there’s no 4K gaming.

If your TV support 4K and want to watch 4K content, this Roku Streaming Stick+ is the most affordable low end Roku so far as you may concern. 

Photo: Amazon



Microsoft was releasing a new and improved version of their Xbox One S, with a bigger 2 TB hard drive and sleeker style and it has extreme integration with Windows PC and a good amount of shareable and movable content.










  • Sleek, compact design
  • In-built 4K Blu-ray player
  • Backwards compatibility
  • Strong input/output selection
  • Compatibility with Windows 10
  • Ultra HD gaming upscaling
  • Improved, grippy controller
  • HDR compatible


  • Not many exclusive games
  • Not as powerful as Xbox One X
  • Nearing end of life cycle
  • Slower than PlayStation
  • Limited 4K gaming
  • Adapter for Kinect Port
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