Microsoft’s latest gaming console, the Xbox One S will release on August 2nd. Currently, you’re still able to pre-order a limited edition 2TB console, which will set you back $549AUD. After this pre-allocation sells out, Microsoft will be offering a 500GB bundle for $399AUD and a 1TB bundle for $499AUD, both with Halo 5 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
The tech giant used E3 to announce not only the S model, but another beast that it has lurking in the shadows, titled Project Scorpio. With Scorpio releasing in 2017, many are asking ‘Should I buy an Xbox One?’Firstly, let me tell you what we know about the Project Scorpio. Xbox chief Phil Spencer has said it will be “the most powerful console ever built.” Although, it may have some competition, with Sony releasing the PlayStation 4.5 NEO, which is rumoured to come out later this year. A recent leaked document however has suggested that the NEO will pack around 2.3x the power of the PS4, putting it at around 4 teraflops. Comparatively, Scorpio is expected to reach 6 teraflops, albeit the NEO is more of an incremental update rather than a new generation of console like Scorpio.
Let’s first look at what sets the Xbox One S apart from the original Xbox One. The obvious difference is its form factor. At 40% smaller than its predecessor, the S is a sleek looking machine which now comes in white rather than black. In addition, Microsoft has managed to remove the unsightly external power brick which accompanied the Xbox One and 360, and internalise the power supply entirely. Aesthetically, these changed are welcome, although I will be interested to see how the S manages any heat issues with the power supply having moved into a considerably smaller shell.Looks aside, the S now supports 4K Ultra HD video playback, which I feel may ultimately be the biggest drawcard for the console as those with true 4K televisions can now enjoy their 4K Blu Rays and Netflix media in all their glory. In addition to 4K media playback, the Xbox One S also includes high dynamic range (HDR) colour support. This will bring more accurate colours, deeper blacks, and brighter whites to your screen. This is a big deal, but again, you will need to have a compatible TV to enjoy this feature. It also comes with an updated controller which is bluetooth compatible, allows you to plug headphones into directly and is said to have better group and will also come with a vertical stand.