What are the Different Xbox One Models?

By Matt Clough | | 36514 |

With console generations increasingly seeming like a thing of the past, there are now more different versions and iterations of the same console than ever before – and that can be pretty confusing.

That’s why Consoles.com is here with this advice guide to help you figure out which Xbox One console is the one for you. We’ve got breakdowns on the One X and the One S, followed by an FAQ that aims to answer some questions we often get.

Xbox One X

What is it?

Microsoft’s latest version of the Xbox One. The One X has more power than any of the other models – or indeed any other console – and is capable of playing games in a 4K resolution and at 60 frames per second.

Who is it best for?

Serious gamers. If you want to ensure you have the best possible system to play on, or have a 4K TV you want to make the most of, then the One X is the console for you.

Who is it not for?

If you’re a casual gamer who just wants to play a couple of games then the One X may be overkill for you – mind you, given the price, you probably didn’t need us to tell you that!

How much is it?

The One X will retail at $499. By comparison, the PS4 Pro – the closest console competition – retails for $100 less.

What is the difference between the One X and the One S?

The major difference between the One X and the standard One S version of the Xbox is power. Though the One S can manage HDR gaming, it can only output 4K on Blu-ray DVDs and supported apps like Netflix. The One X has the power to manage 4K and 60 FPS, as well as offering generally better performance, shorter loading times and fewer framerate drops.

Xbox One S

What is it?

Since the discontinuation of the original Xbox One console, the One S is now the standard Xbox One version. The One S is available in 1TB and 500GB versions.

Who is it best for?

Casual gamers. The One S isn’t as powerful, but still packs a punch. It also comes with a 4K Blu-ray player and good app support, making it a good addition to any home entertainment setup.

Who is it not for?

Though a perfectly serviceable games console, those hardcore players who want a console that gets them as close to a high end gaming PC as possible will probably want to invest in an X.

How much is it?

The 500GB One S can typically found bundled with a major title for between $249.99 and $279.99. The retail price for a 1TB model with a game is around $349.99. However unlike the X, both models of the S are subject to all sorts of deals and bundles.


Can I still buy the original Xbox One console?

You can, although not from Microsoft – it has been discontinued and officially gone out of stock. The One S is now considered the standard version of the console.

Can the One X play games that the One S can’t?

No. Microsoft have confirmed that while certain titles will be specifically enhanced to perform better and look slicker on the One X than they do on the One S, the two consoles are part of the same ‘ecosystem’. As such, there will never be a game that can only be played on the X.

What’s the Xbox Scorpio?

This is a confusing one. ‘Scorpio’ was the original codename for the One X while it was in development. Some people will still use the name when referring to the X. Where it becomes confusing is Microsoft launching a special limited edition version of the X, called – you guessed it – the Scorpio edition. This edition is identical to the standard X in terms of specs, with a few cosmetic differences the thing setting it apart.