In 2013, Microsoft has released the Xbox One console, which was the successor to the Xbox 360 and which was 1080p and 720p compatible. After the 4K revolution has arrived on PCs, gamers were pretty excited because they were finally able to play their favorite games maximum possible frame rates and maximum possible detail. But console owners wanted the same privilege and Microsoft has decided not to wait 4-5 more years, to release the Xbox Two, and instead, it brought a smaller Xbox One S console with support for 4K.
Compared to the Xbox One, the Xbox One S is 40 percent smaller (11.75x9x2.5 inches down from 13×10.75×3 inches) and has its power adapter built into its hardware. Its exterior is made of matte plastic with a bone-white shade on which are reflected yellow light bulbs. The jagged ventilation lines from the Xbox One are gone. They were replaced by ventilation dots which differ in pattern and size, and they are placed on every size of the console.
On the front side you’ll see the USB slot which was moved from the side panel. There are also clickable buttons for powering the system on and ejecting discs, and below the power button, you’ll find the controller-sync button. On the back side, Microsoft has included the TV-out function and has removed the dedicated Kinect port. If you want to use the Kinect camera, you’ll be able to connect it via the USB-to-Kinect adapter that will be available for free.
You will also get a vertical stand made of black matte plastic to match the console’s full-black bottom. The controller is brand new and its gamepad has a texture on the backside, featuring dimples will make the controller feel more rigid.
As we were saying, the Xbox One S supports 4K and it has an HDMI cable rated for the HDMI 2.0 standard. 4K means a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels, which is a lot higher than the current 1920×1080 pixel resolution. The colors are displayed using HDR technology, which is built into TV sets and monitors, and the new GPU has a clock speed of 914MHz, increased from 853MHz.
The console is available in three variants of internal memories: 500GB ($299), 1TB ($349) and 2TB ($399).