The Xbox One S is a video game console developed and marketed by Microsoft. It was released on August 2, 2016 and is a slimmer and slightly faster console compared to it's predecessor the Xbox One. The Xbox One S's biggest difference to the original Xbox One is that the One S supports 4K Ultra HD video steaming and HDR Gaming.


The Xbox One S has a completely different look compared to the original Xbox One. It is 40% smaller than it's predecessor and now appears in an updated robot white color. One of the USB ports is also located on the front of the console rather than the back. The Xbox One S is also a different shape instead of a normal box shape like the original Xbox One.


On June 13, 2016, during its E3 2016 press conference, Microsoft unveiled Xbox One S, a revision of the original Xbox One hardware with a streamlined form factor. Its new casing is 40% smaller than the original design, and supports vertical orientation with a stand. The capacitive power and eject keys were replaced by physical buttons,[1] 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. 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.[2] A free USB adapter was provided by Microsoft to Kinect owners who registered their ownership of Kinect and Xbox One S online, but this promotion ended in March 2017. Although Microsoft stated that it would eventually bundle the adapter with standalone Kinect units, this has yet to occur.[3][4]


Xbox One S natively supports video output at 4K resolution, and high dynamic range (HDR) color using HDR10. 4K video can be played from supported streaming services and Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc,[5][6][7] Games are upscaled from 1080p to 4K.[8] Rod Fergusson, head of Microsoft's Gears of War studio The Coalition, stated that Xbox One S also had upgraded CPU and GPU components, which were capable of providing more consistent performance in Gears of War 4 during graphics-intensive sequences than the previous hardware.[9] While Xbox planning lead Albert Penello initially stated that the additional CPU and GPU access granted to developers for Xbox One S is to enable HDR and would have "literally no impact" on the performance of games,[10] games with dynamic resolution or uncapped frame rates can see increased performance due to higher GPU clock speed and ESRAM bandwidth.[11] Xbox One S also ships with a revision of the Xbox One controller, with textured grips and bluetooth support.[12][13]



Nick Pino of TechRadar was mostly positive, considering the Xbox One S to be "the pinnacle of what Microsoft set out to create three years ago", but noting regressions such as the lack of Kinect port (which was interpreted as being "one last kick in the pants for all the gamers forced into buying the more expensive console bundle two short years ago"), and the lack of 4K content sources beyond Blu-ray, Netflix, and YouTube. Visual improvements were noted on games such as Fallout 4 and Rise of the Tomb Raider when upscaled to 4K. Concerns were shown that the revised hardware and HDR support would lead to fragmentation of Xbox One's ecosystem, as not all users will necessarily experience a game the same way.[14]

Dieter Bohn of The Verge praised the Xbox One S's revised design as being "svelte and good-looking", noting its smaller form factor and the lack of power brick. The Xbox One S was also praised for being the cheapest 4K-compatible Blu-ray Disc player on the market, but it was argued that consumers were "(not) as eager to upgrade to 4K Blu-rays as they were to DVDs back in the day. Especially when 4K streaming boxes can be purchased for much less." The lack of HDR-compatible games available on-launch was panned, as well as Microsoft's choice of the standard over Dolby Vision (which was the only HDR standard supported by the reviewer's 4K television). Bohn concluded that the Xbox One S would appeal best to new owners or those who wish to leverage its HDR and 4K support, but recommended that existing owners hold off until the release of the Xbox One X.[15][16]


Category Specifications
Processor Eight core custom AMD APU at 1.75GHz
Storage 500GB, 1TB or 2TB launch edition (expandable with external USB hard drive)
Memory 8GB DDR3 RAM
Graphics Custom Radeon GPU with 1.23 teraflops
Ports HDMI-in; HDMI-out; one front-facing USB 3.0 ; two rear-facing USB 3.0; IR receiver/blaster; SPDIF digital audio; Ethernet
Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu Ray
Price From $249 US



  • The Xbox One S is the first Xbox since the original Xbox to include an integrated power supply instead of an external power adapter.
    • It is also the first Xbox since the Xbox 360 not to include a port for the Kinect.
  • On the base of the console there is writing engraved saying "Hello from Seattle".
    • This writing is also found inside the battery conpartment of all Xbox One controllers.
  • Project Scorpio was unveiled at the same time as the Xbox One S.
  • It is assumed that the S in the name stands for slim as the console is much smaller compared to the original Xbox One. This theory is most likely correct because the S in the Xbox 360 S's name stood for slim.
  • The Xbox One S is the first Xbox to support 4K UHD.

Reference List

  1. Xbox One S Review- Tech Radar