UPDATED: The Xbox One S Will Be More Powerful Than The Standard Xbox One


UPDATE: Contrary to what Polygon reported yesterday in regards to the Xbox One S having more power over the original Xbox One, Xbox planning lead Albert Penello has told Eurogamer that, while the One S does have marginally more processing power, the difference is “so insignificant it is mind boggling it is being picked up.”

When we made changes to the box for 4K we unlocked a little bit more processing power to enable HDR. That’s it. It’s exactly the same architecture as the existing one.

To support HDR, we give people access to a little more CPU and GPU. That’s it. It is so insignificant it is mind boggling it is being picked up.

ORIGINAL STORY: While we’ve still got over a year to wait until Microsoft’s self-proclaimed “most powerful console ever made” arrives in the form of Xbox Scorpio, it has emerged that the slimmed down Xbox One S officially revealed yesterday will, in fact, be more powerful than the standard console that’s been available for the last couple of years.

Speaking to Polygon in an interview yesterday, The Coalition studio head Rod Fergusson reportedly told the site that the One S will offer “subtle visual improvements” over its predecessor which ultimately means that – for Gears Of War 4 specifically – players will be able to notice “improved surface detail on things like metal and armor” and an overall “more consistent level of technical performance,” the report states.


Microsoft confirmed yesterday that the Xbox One S will come with up to 2TB of hard drive space, as well as 4K support and a UHD blu-ray drive, but Xbox boss Phil Spencer made no specific mention of the device being directly more powerful than the standard one.

More details concerning the specific hardware and components included inside the white box will undoubtedly be revealed over the next few days, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated on the topic, so stay tuned.

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