E3 2016 was packed with some of the biggest announcements in recent memory. For starters, Microsoft announced not one, but two new Xbox consoles. One was the Xbox One S, releasing on August 2nd, 2016, and the other was Project Scorpio (also known as Xbox 2).
We have to wait until holiday 2017 for Xbox Two, but with Xbox One S coming out very shortly, we ask the toughest question of all: "should you buy an Xbox One S, or wait for Project Scorpio (Xbox 2)?" Wonder no more my friends, it's time for us to find out!
Sizing Up The Xbox One S: Is it Worth Your Money?
Let’s start by looking at the Xbox One S in a world where Project Scorpio/Xbox Two hasn’t been announced. The Xbox One S offers a 40% smaller box with 4K video output, up to a 2TB hard drive, and HDR visuals.
It’s nice, and the larger hard drive option means you can finally have more than 500GB of internal space in a world where some games pass the 50GB mark on their own. Beyond these major features, the Xbox One S also adds a few other small tweaks:
- A “robot white” color
- A New Xbox controller with a Bluetooth connection
- Physical power button instead of a touch-sensitive one
- The device pairing button is on the front instead of the side
- Anywhere from 500GB to 2TB of storage
- The 2TB version for $399 launching August 2nd
- The 1TB version for $349 which is bundled with Madden NFL 17
- The 500GB version for $299 which includes Halo 5 and the Halo: Master Chief Collection
Taking all of these thing into account, it’s not bad. If you’re a Kinect owner, though, you won’t be happy to find out the Xbox One S doesn’t have a port for it. You’ll have to purchase an adapter unless you already own a Kinect or Xbox One. The adapter is $49.99.
On top of all this, the external power brick is now inside the system so you don’t have that extra burden. The HDR feature is the only real change in terms of hardware and only works on televisions that support it.
This feature allows colors to be displayed in richer and more dynamic tones, but it’s possible that we won’t see this feature in every game because of its complexity. There are three models of the Xbox One S to choose from:
For someone who doesn’t own an Xbox One, this could be enticing. After all, Microsoft announced at there will be no Scorpio exclusives and that everything will be forwards and backwards compatible.
Even so, you’d be doing yourself a favor by waiting. Let’s find out why you should wait for Xbox Two instead of buying an Xbox One S.
3 Reasons to Wait For Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio)
Let’s be honest here: Xbox One S is nothing more than a slim Xbox One with a larger hard drive. The hardware is almost 100% identical otherwise. If we turn our gaze toward Xbox Two, we’re seeing a huge leap in power and innovation.
Here are three reasons why you should wait for Project Scorpio/Xbox Two:
1. Xbox Two is The Future
Xbox One S doesn’t offer enough of an upgrade to warrant buying it, not when Project Scorpio (Xbox Two) is coming out in holiday 2017. This slim upgrade offers 4K video, but the Xbox 2 promises 4K gaming.
Virtual reality is the future, and yet Xbox One S has nothing of the sort. Meanwhile, Project Scorpio is promising some kind of VR support when it releases. Xbox One S has the same hardware as the original model, but Xbox 2 is promised to be “the most powerful console ever built.”
This slim model doesn’t even fall into the same category as PS4.5, so it’s really just an oddity to fill the gap between Xbox One and Xbox 2. Gamers shouldn’t waste money on something that doesn’t change the game when the real leap forward is less than a year-and-a-half away.
2. Everything Moves Forward
While Microsoft is saying Scorpio won’t have any exclusives, they are also saying that all of your games and accessories will play on the new system. That means that your current Xbox One is just fine. All of those games, controllers, and accessories will move forward to Xbox Two without any trouble.
There’s no need to refresh your hardware when everything moves forward. You don’t even need to sell your system or your games while you wait. This reason alone is enough to justify waiting for Xbox Two.
3. Save Your Pennies For Project Scorpio (Xbox Two)
We don’t know how much Xbox Two is going to cost when it releases in 2017, but if you drop up to $399 on an Xbox One S, you’re losing out on money you could be saving for Project Scorpio. If you buy one of these slim systems in the hopes of getting an upgrade, you’ll be wasting your money.
Instead, you should set aside whatever money you planned on spending and when pre-orders open up, drop that cash on the Xbox 2. This makes a lot more sense than spending extra money on a console that is identical to the one you have, just smaller.
Time to Decide
The future of gaming is coming in holiday 2017 when Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio) releases. The Xbox One S is for those who don’t own an Xbox One and are coming late to the party. For current owners, it makes a lot more sense to wait and purchase the next generation console from Microsoft.
Will you be waiting so you can purchase Project Scorpio/Xbox 2? Let us know what you plan to do in the comments!
Note: The thoughts expressed in this article are the opinions of the author (Bradley Ramsey) and do not yet represent facts or the opinions of Microsoft. Although it will probably be accurate, for now it is pure speculation. Thanks for reading!