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Xbox One X vs Xbox One S: What's The Difference and What's Right For You?

Gautam Nath
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403   //    31 Jan 2019, 15:45 IST

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We live in a world where we have the most powerful consoles and they just seem to keep getting better. We started out on 8-bit graphics with Nintendo Entertainment System and some really low-end games on MS-DOS.

That was about 25-35 years ago. Now we have games that are developed in native 4k resolution, which is the highest resolution we can process anything till 8k becomes a thing.

As a consumer, it is probably very confusing what the best console to choose should be. The biggest competitors in the market right now are Microsoft's Xbox, Sony's PlayStation 4 and Nintendo's Nintendo Switch.

You also have developers releasing the same games for these consoles on the PC as well (unless they are exclusives, of course). Even with the PS4, Sony released PS4 Pro and the regular PS4.

With the Xbox One introduced there were three variations of it that were released to the market: Xbox One, Xbox One S and Xbox One X. The first Xbox One was released under the codename "Durango" and "Xbox 720" (a meme that was started because of Xbox 360).

Xbox One S never had any codename. Xbox One X was nicknamed "Scorpio" sometime in 2017 before they decided to release the project to the public.

Xbox undoubtedly has some of the best games parallelly released to it. It does not have any of Sony's exclusive, but what Microsoft is doing right is the Game Pass / Games with Gold system.

They are a gaming subscription service where players can get exclusive access to hundreds of different Xbox Games by only paying the subscription service and not buying the games themselves. Pretty sweet deal if you want to save some bucks!

So if you are an Xbox fan and want to know what the difference between Xbox One X and Xbox One S is, we will take a look at them here.

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#1 Design


The design of these consoles is something that is easy and obvious to see. Xbox One X (on the left) is jet black in colour and Xbox One S (on the right) is white in colour. The Xbox One X is also slightly smaller in size than the One S. The Xbox One X is actually the smallest Xbox ever built but it also heavier

Here are the dimensions for both:

  • Xbox One X - 300 x 240 x 60 mm (11.8 x 9.4 x 2.3 in) and 3.8 Kg / 8.4 lbs
  • Xbox One S - 295 x 230 x 64 mm (11.6 x 9.0 x 2.5 in) and 2.9 kg / 6.4 lbs

In terms of connectivity, both Xbox One X and Xbox One S share similar features: 3x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI 2.0, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, Built-in IR blaster

The top of Xbox One X does not have vents like the One S does, so any heat generated from the console is pushed it through the back of the One X instead of the back and top on the One S.

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