While the 4K-compatible Xbox One X isn't being billed as a next-generation console, it's looking very clear that the first model of Microsoft's Xbox One is meant to be a thing of the past.
That model was soooo 2013
Not only does paring down to just two models make it simpler for consumers, but we can also see the first-wave Xbox One being too redundant for Microsoft to bother keeping in stock.
The Xbox One S not only takes up 40% less space than its bulky predecessor, but also supports HDR streaming and movies. Meanwhile, the Xbox One X (planned to launch November 7) is being billed as a gaming powerhouse with native 4K gaming capability.
The only thing the original Xbox One really has going for it that the others lack is a built-in Kinect port. Even then, newer models can still make use of the once-mandatory camera using a special adapter. (Remember that brief period when you needed a Kinect to use the Xbox One? What a time!)
Should you already have your original Xbox One from 2013, congratulations — you now have a collector's item! Otherwise, we say avoid the temptation to save some cash on the older model and just spring for one of the newer (and in our opinion, better) consoles.
- Everything you want to know about the Xbox One X