If you are looking to buy an Xbox One and are willing to consider a second-hand console, the variety of options in the Xbox One family can be overwhelming. As the Xbox Series X and Series S are now the most popular consoles in the Xbox family, older Xbox One models are still available for sale from various resellers, often at very affordable prices. But which Xbox One should you choose? In this article, we compare the Xbox One X, Xbox One S, and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition to help you make a more informed decision.
Xbox One X
The Xbox One X is the most powerful machine in the Xbox One family. It features 4K graphics and is arguably more powerful than the current-gen Xbox Series S. With a 1TB HDD, custom AMD Jaguar CPU @ 2.3GHz with 8 cores, Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 3 x USB 3.0, and HDMI 2.0b out, the Xbox One X is a powerhouse machine for gaming as well as streaming.
Xbox One S All-Digital Edition
All the specifications and abilities of the standard Xbox One S are present in the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, except for the disc drive. This means that this machine cannot play disc games or Blu-rays. It has 1TB HDD, custom AMD Jaguar CPU @ 1.75GHz with 8 cores, Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 3 x USB 3.0, and HDMI 2.0a out. The lack of a disc drive may make the console more attractive to those who prefer a digital-only gaming experience.
Xbox One S
The entry-level Xbox One S is still an excellent console despite being older. With a 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB HDD, custom AMD Jaguar CPU @ 1.75GHz with 8 cores, Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 3 x USB 3.0, and HDMI 2.0a out, it can provide a good gaming experience as well as streaming your favorite content. It also has a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, making it a great value for those who want an all-in-one entertainment system.
Graphics, CPU, and Memory
The Xbox One X has the most powerful graphical processing, capable of full 4K gaming visuals running at 60fps. The Xbox One S and All-Digital Edition are both capable of up to 1080p graphics running at 60fps. In terms of central processing and RAM, the Xbox One X again leads the way with eight custom x86 cores, clocked at speeds of 2.3GHz, and 12GB of GDDR5 RAM with bandwidth of up to 326GB/s. The Xbox One S and All-Digital Edition each have eight cores, but they are slower and don’t have as much memory as the Xbox One X.
All Xbox One games work across the entire Xbox family of devices (except for Xbox Series X/S exclusive titles). So, you can buy an Xbox One game and it will work on all three consoles. However, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition can only play games bought digitally, as it doesn’t have a disc drive. Xbox One X versions of games have the potential to be better graphically than their Xbox One S counterparts, with greater resolution, draw distances, and the like. All three consoles can also run a large collection of Xbox 360 and original Xbox games in backward compatibility, and are compatible with Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft’s game subscription service that offers hundreds of full games to download and play for one monthly fee.
The Xbox One S was the first gaming console to offer 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray playback with HDR picture tech. The Xbox One X boasts faster loading times and even better performance on this front. On the other hand, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition does not come with a disc drive, so it cannot play 4K Blu-rays or any other type of disc media. All three consoles work nicely with major streaming apps and services like Netflix, Amazon Video, and Disney+, with each running supported shows and movies in 4K HDR and Dolby Vision, where possible.
The Xbox One X is the best machine in terms of gaming performance and graphics, but it also comes with a higher price tag. The Xbox One S is a great all-rounder as it can stream entertainment content and play 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays, but its gaming performance isn’t on par with the Xbox One X. The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition might appeal to those who prefer a digital-only gaming experience and don’t need a disc drive, but it doesn’t offer the smoothest or best gaming experience compared to the other two consoles. Ultimately, the Xbox One you choose depends on your budget, preferences, and needs.