Xbox One S : Is smaller better?

Xbox One S is the new beast in town. But with a much smaller size and lesser weight, will it be able to compete with the likes of PlayStation 4?
Sony has always been on the top when it comes to console gaming. Sony has beaten the older Nintendo and Microsoft, though being a worthy competitor, isn't able to make their way through the competition. But will the all new Microsoft Xbox One S help Microsoft make their way to the top?

Let's find out!!

Sony has also been refreshing PlayStation 4 for upcoming winters. We will watch what Sony will be offering against Xbox One S, but for now, check out how Xbox One S is better than earlier Xbox One?

Design & Connectivity

Perhaps the most striking aspect to the Xbox One S is its design. Microsoft has done a superb job of repackaging the Xbox One into a far more compact and attractive chassis that is nearly 40% smaller. 
  • Xbox One - 333 x 276mm x 78mm (13.1 x 10.8 x 3.1 in) and 3.5 Kg (7.8 lbs)
  • Xbox One S - 295 x 230 x 64mm (11.6 x 9.0 x 2.5 in) and 2.9 kg (6.4 lbs)

Perhaps most impressive of all, however, is the Xbox One S now has the power supply built in. Given the original Xbox One had a huge, bulky power supply this is a major step forward - especially given the PS4’s built in power supply was always a selling point for Sony.

It’s not all about style though as you’ll get better connectivity with the Xbox One S as well:
  • Xbox One - 3x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI 1.4, 1x Kinect, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet
  • Xbox One S - 3x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI 2.0, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, Built-in IR blaster

4K Ultra HD, 4K Blu-ray and High Dynamic Range support

Arguably the standout feature for Xbox One S. Not only does the Xbox One S support 4K video playback from streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, it's also a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player. 
While the original Xbox One is technically capable of supporting 4K gaming and video, it has an HDMI 1.4a port, meaning it can only output 4K at 30Hz, which is very limiting. The Xbox One adds support for HDMI 2.0a, so it now supports proper 4K 60Hz output. 

Xbox One S has a slight performance bump

Much like PS4 Pro, the Xbox One S is not the beginning of a new console generation, but an expansion of a platform we already know and love. But it does offer a very slight improvement over its predecessor.

Play the greatest games line-up, including Xbox 360 classics, on a 40% smaller console. Just don’t let its size fool you: with an internal power supply and up to 2TB of internal storage, the Xbox One S is the most advanced Xbox ever.

Xbox One - CPU: 1.75GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar, GPU: 1.31 TFLOP AMD Radeon, 8GB DDR3 RAM
Xbox One S - CPU: 1.75GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar, GPU: 1.4 TFLOP AMD Radeon, 8GB DDR3

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