Xbox One S vs. Xbox One X: The Quest For Dominance

Those who dare win. But which of these two winners wins over the other?


Microsoft claims to be unleashing the “most powerful” gaming machines there are with their lineup of Xbox One S and Xbox One X. These promise you to jump ahead of the gaming rat race of the best, the most sought-after, and the most advanced. But with this tense competition for gaming brilliance domination, which between these two proves to be better?

Microsoft is definitely proving its superiority in everything it does. It is even said by Larry Ellison, the 5th wealthiest person in America and the 7th wealthiest in the world as of August 2017 (Forbes), that, “It’s Microsoft versus mankind, with Microsoft having only a slight lead.” This is evident in all the products that they offer, including both Xbox One S and Xbox One X, Microsoft’s two flagship consoles.

While these two have quite plenty of similarities to start with, gamers will definitely see various differences when it comes to its performance. And choosing between the two is like being caught in a delightful dilemma’s horn. This is so because the two put their best foot forward.

Sharing Similarities

It is quite an understatement that there are quite notable similarities between Xbox One S and Xbox One X. These similarities include their media playback, connectivity, as well as the forms of ports. Moreover, they have the same USB 3.0 connectors which can be both found at the front and two at the rear. And not also forget their HDMI ports in the consoles, Ethernet, IR output, as well as the S/PDIF audio.

If you a theatre enthusiast, it would be hard not to acknowledge the Dolby Atmos that is present. And how can we even forget its Dolby Digital 5.1 audio? In addition, both supports 4K HDR content through the HDR 10 standard. These two definitely are a must for theatre enthusiasts out there.

Strength In Differences

While it is true that both consoles support 4K HDR content, there is still a thin line that separates the two.

The Xbox One S boasts its 1080p graphics which runs at 60fps. This can be best seen if you have played the Forza Horizon 3. It is worth noting that not all consoles are capable of doing this. But with Xbox One S’ 12 GCN compute units, it can run and reach 914MHz.

Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One™, JPN) US$ 74.99

If you’re looking for the Stand Alone DLC, you can grab your PSN code here:

Forza Horizon 3 [Xbox One / PC]  DIGITAL (Region Free) US$ 38.28


On the other hand, the Xbox One X banks on its 4K visuals which runs at 60fps. This is quite evident in Forza Motorsport 7. This was made capable with the help of the new graphics processing which has 40 customised compute units. It runs at 1.172GHz. By the looks of it, it actually exceeds the what the former machine can do. More so, the Xbox One X enjoys a compatibility with HDR (High Dynamic Range) games.

Forza Motorsport 7 (Xbox One™, JPN) US$ 61.99
Forza Motorsport 7 (Xbox One™, EUR) US$ 53.99
Forza Motorsport 7 (English & Chinese Subs) (Xbox One™, ASIA) US$ 48.99


Related Article: Forza Motorsport 7 4K Coming to Xbox One X!


Now here are some of the games that feature HDR according to Pocket-Lint.

A Plague Tale: Innocence Everspace  Minecraft  Star Wars Battlefront II
A Way Out F1 2017  Minion Masters  State of Decay 2
Agents of Mayhem Fable Fortune  Mirror’s Edge  Steep
Anthem Fallout 3  Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Videogame  Strange Brigade
ARK: Survival Evolved Fallout 4  Monster Hunter: World  Super Lucky’s Tale
Ashen Far Cry 5  Morphite  Super Night Riders
Ashes Cricket Farming Simulator 17  MX vs ATV All Out  Superhot
Assassin’s Creed FIFA 18  NBA 2K18  Surviving Mars
Assassin’s Creed Origins Final Fantasy XV  NBA Live 18  Tacoma
Assault Android Cactus Firewatch  Need for Speed Payback  Tennis World Tour
Astroneer For Honor  NHL 18  The Artful Escape
Away: Journey to the Unexpected Fortnite  Nine Parchments  The Crew 2
Battlerite Forza Horizon 3  Okami HD  The Darwin Project
Below Forza Motorsport 7  Ooblets  The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Biomutant Gears of War 3  Ori and the Will of the Wisps  The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind
Black Desert Gears of War 4  Outlast 2  The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
Brawlout Gravel  Paladins  The Evil Within 2
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Greedfall  PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds  The Last Night
Call of Duty: WWII GRIDD: Retroenhanced  Portal Knights  The Long Dark
Chess Ultra  Halo: The Master Chief Collection  Pro Evolution Soccer 2018  The Surge
Code Vein  Halo 3  Project Cars 2  The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Crackdown 3  Halo 5: Guardians  Quantum Break  TheHunter: Call of the Wild
Crossout  Halo Wars 2  Raiders of the Broken Planet  Thumper
Danger Zone  Hand of Fate 2  Railway Empire  Titanfall 2
Dark and Light  Hello Neighbour  Real Farm Simulator 2017  Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
Darksiders II Deathfinitive Edition  Hitman – See on Amazon UK  ReCore: Definitive Edition  Tom Clancy’s The Division
Darksiders III  Homefront: The Revolution  Redout: Lightspeed Edition  Train Sim World
Darksiders Warmastered Edition  Immortal: Unchained  Resident Evil 7 biohazard  Transcripted
Dead Rising 4  Injustice 2  Rime  TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge
Deep Rock Galactic  Jurassic World Evolution  Rise of the Tomb Raider  UFC 3
Destiny 2  Killing Floor 2  Riverbond  Unruly Heroes
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition  Kingdom Come: Deliverance Roblox  War Thunder
Dishonored 2  L.A. Noire  Robocraft Infinity  WarFrame
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider  Life is Strange: Before the Storm  Rocket League  Warhammer: End Times – Vermintude
Disneyland Adventures  Madden NFL 18  Rugby 18  We Happy Few
Doom  Mafia III  Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure  Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Dovetail Games Euro Fishing  Mantis Burn Racing  Skate 3  World of Tanks
Dragon Ball FighterZ  Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite  Sea of Thieves  WRC 7 FIA World Rally Championship
Dynasty Warriors 9  Metal Gear Survive  Slime Rancher  WWE 2K18
Elex  Metro: Exodus  Smite  Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection
Elite: Dangerous  Middle-Earth: Shadow of War  Sonic Forces  


4K Home Entertainment

To set everything straight, the Xbox One S serves as the first game console which was able to offer 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray playback. And how can we even forget to mention the HDR picture tech that it also boasts?

Since we already mentioned the 4K capability of the two consoles, it is also noteworthy to acknowledge the consoles’4K entertainment–which are quite identical with each other. Both are capable of being played for 4K Blu-rays and streaming for Ultra HD such as YouTube, Amazon Video, and Netflix.



To date, the Xbox One X is considered to be the smallest Xbox ever made by Microsoft. But despite its size, it is still quite heavier compared with the Xbox One S. The Xbox One X comes in with its 8.4-pound built while the One S is at 6.4 pounds.

Yet despite the difference in its weight, both consoles are identical with their fresh and sleek designs. These characteristics of both consoles are the same reasons why these two are staples in the entertainment center of every home. Traditionally, the Xbox One X comes in with its dark grey finish. On the other hand, the Xbox One S looks sleek in white. Yet, you might also come to see the other limited-editions and others models in different colors.

Check these out!





Xbox One S (500GB Console) (ASIA) US$ 279.99





Xbox One X (1TB Console) [Project Scorpio Edition] (EUR) US$ 699.99



If you’re looking for limited edition Xbox One X consoles, then these ones are for you.





Xbox One S 1TB [Minecraft Edition] (JPN) US$ 459.99




Xbox One S 1TB Assassin’s Creed Origins (ASIA) US$ 359.99
Xbox One S 500GB Assassin’s Creed Origins (ASIA) US$ 294.99





Xbox One S 1TB Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (ASIA) US$ 359.99
Xbox One S 500GB Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (ASIA) US$ 294.99



While both are under the same umbrella, these two are quite different when it comes to their performance. But without even looking at the specs of the two even further, it is obvious that these consoles can match the mid-range gaming PCs that we have at present. The Xbox One S proves to be not an amateur as its technology is the same with the technology used in the original Xbox One of 2013.

As such, it is quite easy to say that the two will have a different way of showing off its performance. But despite the difference, both are able to deliver the UHD resolution.

Since we are talking about UHD, then it is quite impossible not to mention the upscaled Full HD that is delivered by Xbox One S. This is made possible by “checkerboarding” anti-aliasing technology. This technology is known to create pixels wherein the first place there are none. Hence, it gives an impression that the images are sharper and clearer. But don’t be fooled though. The images produced are not actually 4K.


If there is one thing that the Xbox One X has to offer apart from its existing specs, then it would be the new power delivery as well as the cooling system. These are great key players for a small yet powerful console which makes sure that temperature is in check and performance is on top of the game.

Another thing that is quite different between the two is the storage. The Xbox One S ranges from 500GB to 2TB. On the other hand, the Xbox One X starts from 1TB, for the hard disk, and 8GB, for the flash storage. One might be confused with the 8GB that is included with the Xbox One X. This is actually present since it helps in making the operating system speed up. It’s made possible as the 8Gb serves as a storage of the frequently- accessed files.


For you to be guided by what they can and they can’t do, here’s a comparison that released.

XONE S vs XONE X,, xbox one s, xbox one x


See the XBOX ONE X In Action!

Smoother gameplay

The 8-core Custom AMD CPU is clocked at 2.3GHz to bring enhanced AI, real world detail, and smoother interactions to your gaming.


Bigger worlds

12GB GDDR5 of graphic memory add speed and power to game performance to enable bigger worlds, further horizons, and quicker load times.


Life-like detail

A 6 Teraflop GPU enables 4K environments and characters to become more realistic than ever, with more detail and smoother animations.


Faster load times

Game graphics are faster and more detailed with 326 GB/sec memory bandwidth, to keep your gaming momentum flowing.



The best value in games and entertainment

Xbox One S has over 1,300 games: blockbusters, popular franchises, and Xbox One exclusives. Play with friends, use apps, and enjoy built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray™ and 4K video streaming.

Games for all ages

Xbox has games the whole family can play together and others for after the kids are in bed. This variety provides endless entertainment for all ages, so your kids never outgrow Xbox.

All your entertainment in one place

With Xbox One in your family room you’ve got a whole world of entertainment. Access entertainment apps like YouTube, Netflix, and Spotify. Stream your favorite shows and watch Blu-ray movies in 4K. Cut the clutter with just one box for all your entertainment needs.


What Do They Have To Say?


Folks willing to shell out for the most powerful console out there will find plenty to like about the One X. For everyone else, the One S is a tremendous value.


There is little doubt that Xbox One X is a more powerful, more graphically competent games console than the Xbox One S, but you have to pay a premium price for such a premium machine.

If you are content with Full HD gaming, the Xbox One S is an excellent games machine and 4K Blu-ray player for just £200. Hardcore gamers and those looking to futureproof their setup might choose to invest the extra, however.


If nothing else, the introduction of the Xbox One X, the Xbox One S’s subsequent price drop and the original Xbox One’s lack of availability, it becomes clear that this three horse race is now down to two. The standard Xbox One is no longer a competitive console, which is good news for Microsoft, which it seems is planning to continue rotating through Xbox One consoles, rather than resetting the platform completely.

Unfortunately, the Xbox One X still has limited appeal. Only those with 4K HDR TVs are going to see a big benefit from the $500 cost associated with the higher-powered console. For most, the Xbox One S is still the best option, and it is now available at a better price.



The two Xbox consoles have plenty of promises that both can actually deliver. May it be with their community, reliability, and endless possibility. Both vow to make you play the best games of the past, present, and future. Plus, these two engages players to jump ahead with sought-after features of 4K entertainment, 4K gaming spatial audio, and endless entertainment apps. Thus, Xbox One S vs. Xbox One X, it only depends on you if you’re going to choose the best value in games and entertainment or the jacks of all trades. You choose.

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