The console war continues, and Microsoft are throwing the next punch with the Xbox One S. Although, with Project Scorpio being released sometime next year, many are wondering why you would bother with this upgrade.
Microsoft is harking back to what they were saying at previous E3s. They want to have a wider audience that want to use the console for more than just gaming. This means that their console must also be able control their TV and allow you to watch shows on demand. They have introduced an IR blaster to the Xbox One S, which took me by surprise. This allows you to control your TV or satellite boxes, giving you, virtually, total control over the media in your house with one console.
The other key upgrade was the reduction in size. This included removing the power pack, which will make it easier to integrate into your home.
Furthering this, it has also been made it 4k compatible. So those with 4K TV’s would benefit from this upgrade, as movies and TV shows can now be streamed in 4K resolution.
The price tag varies by machine. A 500GB machine is available for around £349, which is reasonable; the 1TB machine is £50 more, but maybe worth it if you struggle with the current capacity. There is also a huge 2TB machine which really goes above and beyond, especially for those avid gamers, or those who store media on their Xbox.
The Gears of War developers have already suggested they will take advantage of the new console and make their game compatible. This means it is more than likely that other companies will follow suit. Yet, this doesn’t make the old machine obsolete as the games can still be played on them. There is an admission that some games will look a lot better with the added capabilities, which would improve the gamingn experience, but it is not essential.
The Xbox One S is simply a ‘stop gap’ console before the release of Project Scorpio. That being said, the 2TB limited (early) release version has sold out, so there is a demand. The Xbox One S will just add a new way to play games rather than a total new gaming experience. The wait will continue until Project Scorpio and Sony’s new addition are released. These are what will bring real change, and make gamers want to change how they play.
There will be a follow-up article on Project Scorpio, so watch this space!