Microsoft's new Xbox One S All-Digital Edition ($250, £200), due out May 7, differs from the existing Xbox One S ($300) in only a handful of ways: It doesn't have a 4K Blu-ray player, so it can't read game or movie discs -- or any kind of optical disc whatsoever.It weighs 1 pound less. It includes three games: Forza Horizon 3, the online multiplayer pirate game Sea of Thieves and Minecraft.Their specs and dimensions are otherwise identical, which is why we thought it'd be more interesting to pit the One S All-Digital Edition against the flagship Xbox One X to help you make a more-informed Xbox buying decision. Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Except for its lower price the One S All-Digital Edition doesn't have any advantages over the more powerful One X. However, questions remain, namely how low will the prices for both consoles go, and how … [Read more...] about Xbox One S All-Digital Edition vs. Xbox One X: Comparison and buying advice for Microsoft’s game consoles
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Microsoft announced that its next version of the Xbox One S won't have a disc slot. Instead, you'll download everything instead.Xbox One S All-Digital Edition won't be able to play them. Or Blu-Ray movies for that matter.What I don't get, after taking a moment to digest this news, is how little the new Xbox seems to do for anyone who might decide this weird console is for them.It's not smallerIsn't the idea of getting rid of a disc drive supposed to be about shrinking the footprint? The Xbox One S (which debuted back in 2016) doesn't look any different, and it's bizarre. I'd love a super-small Xbox to put on my mantle, or tuck under a TV, like a Mac Mini for gaming. This isn't it. Heck, isn't it basically the same size as the far more powerful Xbox One X?It's not less expensive (really)Okay, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is $249, which is $50 less than the Xbox One S. And Microsoft's Lawrence Hyrb has promised that, even if the Xbox One S goes on sale, the Xbox One S All-Digital … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s disc-free Xbox One S: what’s the point?
Year In Review We look back at the highs, lows, surprises, and standouts in and around video games this year. In sports they call it a rebuilding year. Xbox One has had a few of those recently, but it’s an especially appropriate description of the console’s 2018. This wasn’t a year for new hardware nor a major blockbuster exclusive game. The most exciting announcement to come out of Microsoft was the news that it is acquiring game studios and setting itself up for many more exclusive games in the years to come. “We had a pretty good year. We could do better—but we had a pretty good year,” Xbox boss Phil Spencer said last week at The Game Awards, before acknowledging some of the platform’s success. It’s a humble time for Xbox, which did manage to have a year marked by cool improvements, interesting experiments, and a steady stream of good multiplayer games. Hardware When we last left the Xbox One hardware in late 2017, it was in a … [Read more...] about The State Of Xbox One In 2018
Heads up, shoppers: It's just five days till Christmas, so any gifts you're planning to buy, you'd better buy now. Have no fear if you're behind. I've rounded up some of the best deals from stores' holiday sales. And if procrastination is your enemy, no worries. I've also collected six last-minute gifts you can print or email. We're at the end of Best Buy's 20 Days of Doorbusters and Walmart's 20 Days of Deals, and there still some great deals from Dell, Target, Amazon and other stores. Indeed, many Amazon devices are on sale at or near Black Friday prices, including the third-gen Echo Dot for just $30. Here are the latest and greatest picks, followed by store-specific roundups. Note that CNET may receive commission from the sale of products featured on this page. iPad 2018 (32GB) with 9.7-inch screen: $229 (save $100) Sarah Tew/CNET Apple's non-Pro iPad does everything most people want it for: Web browsing, Netflix streaming and playing games from the App Store. Target had … [Read more...] about Last-chance Christmas deals: $229 iPad, $199 Xbox One bundle, $20 Echo Dot and more!
The Xbox One X is a box filled with powerful components that’s designed to do the same thing as a box with less powerful components, only a little bit better. That’s a weird place for the “world’s most powerful console” to be. In an simpler time, the Xbox One X might have been Microsoft’s next-generation console, using its substantial memory, CPU and GPU upgrades to power games the original Xbox One and last year’s Xbox One S could only dream about. Instead its enhanced power is mainly being applied towards taking advantage of two of the hottest display technology buzzwords since 3D (R.I.P.)—high dynamic range (HDR) and 4K resolution. 4K Resolution Full HD, aka 1080p, displays an image that is 1,920 pixels wide and 1,080 pixels high. 4K ultra HD doubles the number of pixels in both dimensions, resulting in an image that’s 3,840 pixels across and 2,160 tall. The greater pixel density of 4K makes for less noticeable aliasing (the … [Read more...] about Xbox One X: The