The Big Question: Purchase the Xbox One S, or wait for Project Scorpio?

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At E3 2016, Microsoft dropped a few bombs and after the smoked had cleared, folks were left chatting about the official reveal of the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio. These hardware announcements stole the show and managed to overshadow the game reveals, so how do they stack up?

As you should know by know, the Xbox One S is just a smaller version of the Xbox One. While there have murmurs of the console being able to deliver higher performance than the original Xbox One, do not be fooled because that’s not the case. All games played on the Xbox One will look and perform the same on the Xbox One S. The Xbox One S does support HDR, though, so we expect future games to take advantage of that feature. Still, you’ll need an HDR compatible television or monitor for it to work and to be frank, HDR doesn’t matter so Xbox One owners won’t be missing out on anything important.

Microsoft calls Project Scorpio the most powerful console. Set to store shelves come 2017, it boasts monstrous specifications and could usher in an age of 4K gaming on consoles, something we’ve never seen before.

The question right now is: How does the Xbox One S stack up to Project Scorpio. And should you abandon any thought of picking up an Xbox One S this year?

Well, Project Scorpio is a six teraflop monster of a console, which means it is around 450% more powerful than the Xbox One S. There’s simply no competition here: Project Scorpio is beastly. If rumors hold true, this monster of a console should turn out to be at most, 150% more powerful than the PlayStation Neo.

It should be able to support high fidelity 4K gaming and VR. The Xbox One S cannot do 4K gaming nor does it support VR for gaming. It does, however, support 4K video content.

Will the games work across consoles? We do know Microsoft is aiming for all Xbox One S games to work on Project Scorpio and vice-versa. However, seeing as Project Scorpio is 450% more powerful, we do not believe all games on that console will come to the Xbox One S. The power difference is too big, so as the years go by, expect developers to focus their energies on a single Xbox.

What about Kinect? Well, what about it? It’s an accessory barely clinging to life. If anything, Microsoft confirmed its untimely death by removing the Kinect port from the Xbox One S. Now, if folks want to attach Kinect to the device, they must go out and get a USB adapter. The rule is simple: If an accessory requires an adapter to work instead of an official port, it is as good as dead.

Now, whether or not Microsoft will try its hand at Kinect again for Project Scorpio is still left to be seen, but all indication says otherwise.

Should you purchase the Xbox One S or just wait for Project Scorpio? Here’s the thing: If you own a regular Xbox One, then there’s no need to purchase the Xbox One S unless you’re interested in saving a bit on your electricity bills. If you haven’t yet owned an Xbox On and you’re on a budget, then picking up an Xbox One S should be a no-brainer.

There are several cool games out there right now for Xbox and more on the way. Jump in, enjoy them and pick up Scorpio at a later date after launch.


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Avatar RogueSoul12

So, I have an Xbox 360 still, and I’m wondering if I should get an Xbox One S or wait for Scorpio, because I don’t really want to wait, but I also don’t want to have to buy 2 different consoles within a year and a half. Can someone help me decide if I should get an S and Scorpio, or just wait for Scorpio. Keep in mind I only have a 360 right now, so any help would be very appreciated!

Avatar jent

I would seriously take this article’s author as less than reliable. It is my understanding that HDR will have greater visual impact for most people than 4K. How can the author just dismiss it as unimportant?

Avatar Kris Crawford

Why buy the xb1 s when the scorpio is out in a short wait. Seems dumb? Also the NEO will be more powerful.

Avatar Edonus

I am going Scorpio…… I play my current X1 on a 4k tv and it gorgeous. The movies look great, the games play awesome I have no issues. If I get another 4k tv then I may get a X1S but as of right now I can wait for the scorpio.

Avatar Barry Harden


A lot of people are unaware of the technical specs when it comes down to HDR. Currently there are two HDR formats: HDR 10 and Dolby Vision.

In order to benefit from HDR you need to have your TV’s match the output device’s HDR format.

The XBone S only supports HDR 10. If your TV doesn’t have this then you’re out of luck watching 4K content with full HDR fidelity.

Avatar Corey Carroz

Is there any TVs on the market that supports Dolby Vision and not HDR10? Vizio is the only TV out that supports Dolby Vision and not HDR10 is this is something that Vizio has promised to patch out in the next month. HDR 10 will be the standard while Dolby Vision will be a nice to have for a extra premium. All HDR TVs will support HDR 10 as it doesn’t require licensing fees or extra hardware. HDR support will have a bigger impact on gaming vs 4k gaming. Scorpio and Neo if released next year might be too soon to do 4k in a meaningful way. The specs called out during the Scorpio reveal called out 5.5 teraflops of computational power. a 980Ti has 7 teraflops at its disposal and really isn’t enough for meaningful 4k gaming.

Avatar Barry Harden

Yes you are correct in most points. HDR10 is royalty free and most manufacturers would rather not pay licensing fees for Dolby Vision. Unfortunately they’ve done visual tests and Dolby Vision is better than HDR10 for most content.
Vizio is planning to support HDR10 since it’s free and it would be a great addition to Dolby Vision.

For 4K you are correct in assuming the Scorpio will only do “low” 4K gaming. I expect it to be able to achieve 4K@30fps with low visual settings. Not very exciting but it’s to be expected given how current high end PC video cards( >7 TeraFlops ) can only manage that. Again, Micro$oft is promising a lot but ends up falling short in delivering on its promises.
Be wary.

Avatar Corey Carroz

Not trying to say Dolby Vision is not a better format, Im sure it is (12 bit color vs 10 bit). All I was getting at is the first comment seemed a little like FUD as it kind of implied that HDR 10 that the One S supports might not be supported by your HDR TV.

Avatar Barry Harden

I am correct though as LG and Vizio are supporting Dolby Vision so unless they specifically state they will support HDR10, you’ll miss out getting an XBone S paired with one of those TV brands.

Avatar Corey Carroz

Like I said, you are spreading FUD. Ultra HD Premium is the highest standard of the Ultra HD alliance and this is what LG supports on all of their TVs with dolby vision. HDR 10 is a Ultra HD alliance standard. Vizio has a update promised to support HDR 10 and HDMI 2.0a. We are not going to see a tv that supports Dolby Vision and not HDR 10 as well. Any TV that is capable of DV is capable of HDR10 so why not include the free feature?

Avatar Barry Harden

Now you’re silly. Until there is an update (if the TV is even capable of being updated) the panels with ONLY Dolby Vision will not support HDR10. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand this. Am I conversing with an idiot all this time??