If you purchased an Xbox One S console for a 4K pass-through feature, we have bad news for your: Microsoft recently confirmed the console won’t support it. However, the tech giant didn’t exclude the possibility of making some hardware changes in the future in order to bring the capability to Xbox One S users.
The official statement Microsoft leaves room for interpretation, suggesting 4K pass-through could indeed be supported in the far future:
Xbox One S does not currently support 4K pass-through via HDMI-in. We will continue to explore making the changes needed for the hardware to support pass-through as 4K broadcasts become more widespread.
4K pass-through allows a connected device to send 4K content through the console and display the respective content in native 4K on the screen. While this isn’t a big deal for many users seeing as 4K broadcasts are quite limited, Microsoft should have been straight forward from the very beginning.
Xbox support told me prior to purchasing the Xbox one s that it would support 4K passthrough, I questioned them once I received mine and it would not work and they said that some of the support agents were giving out wrong information and they offered me 1 months gold as a gesture of good will, but they were very reluctant to tell me if it would indeed be possible with a future update or the hardware itself is the limiting factor as to why it’s not possible.To me it seems bizarre that a console that’s somewhat marketed towards people with 4K TVs can’t actually watch tv in 4K!!
There are many potential buyers sitting on the fence thinking whether to buy an Xbox One S or wait for Project Scorpio. If 4K pass-through is an important criteria for you, then you should wait for Project Scorpio. This console should support 4K pass-through provided Microsoft doesn’t change its mind.
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