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Xbox, in general, is a well-known console brand owned by Microsoft. It’s famous and is the competition of Playstation. The Xbox One has been a powerful console, selling over 41 million units since its release. It has even been trendy in South Africa – well I don’t think as popular as the Xbox 360, it is a console that has stood the test of time.

In this article, we are going to be looking at the Xbox One and Xbox One S; this will be with a brief review of the games and Kinect. Then we are going to look at the selling price of them and where to find second-hand units. So let’s get to it.

Xbox One Review:

the-xbox-one-and-the-xbox-one-s-brief-review-pic2The Xbox One was released on the 22 November 2013 in North America. It wasn’t long after that when it reached the shores of South Africa. It was released as the successor to the Xbox 360, and back then you were looking at around the R6000-00 for the Xbox One. Not more than three years later, the Xbox One S was released, 2 August 2016, it was slimmer and slightly faster compared to its predecessor the Xbox One.

Below, we are going to look at what came in both the Xbox One and the Xbox One S:

Xbox One:
  • Feature: Xbox One
  • Optical Drive: Blu-Ray/DVD
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3
  • Clock: 2133MHz Bandwidth: 68.26 GB/s + 32MB eSRAM
  • Bandwidth: 204 GB/s(102 In/102 Out)
  • Flash Memory: 8GB Flash Memory
  • CPU: 8 Core AMD custom CPU
  • Frequency: 1.75 GHz
  • GPU: Clock Speed: 853 MHz(originally 800 MHz)
  • Shader Cores: 768
  • Peak Throughput: 1.31 TFLOPS
  • Storage: 500 GB Hard Drive non-replaceable, External Hard Drive support available
  • Motion Control: Kinect 2
  • Voice Commands: Yes, Kinect 2 is needed.
  • USB: USB 3.0 x3
  • Networking: Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi (A/B/G/N dual-band at 2.4ghz and 5ghz) includes WiFi Direct support
  • A/V Hookups: HDMI input and output (4K support)
  • API: DirectX 11.2
  • Mouse and Keyboard Support: Yes
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Breaking the Xbox One down is pretty simple, it comes with a 1.75 GHz CPU, 8GB DDR RAM, and a 500GB HDD. The graphics card runs at 853 MHz and can support up to 4k (movies and pictures rather than gaming at 4k). The Xbox One also had Kinect support, which worked a lot better than when connected to the Xbox 360.

How does the Xbox One S compare to the Xbox One? Well, let’s have a look at the specs of the Xbox One S.

Xbox One S:
  • Feature: Xbox One S
  • Optical Drive: Blu-Ray/DVD
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3
  • Clock: 2133MHz Bandwidth: 68.26 GB/s + 32MB eSRAM
  • Bandwidth: 204 GB/s(102 In/102 Out)
  • Flash Memory: 8GB Flash Memory
  • CPU: 8 Core AMD custom CPU
  • Frequency: 1.75 GHz
  • GPU: Clock Speed: 853 MHz(originally 800 MHz)
  • Shader Cores: 768
  • Peak Throughput: 1.31 TFLOPS
  • Storage: 1 TB Hard Drive non-replaceable, External Hard Drive support available
  • Motion Control: Kinect 2
  • Voice Commands: Yes, Kinect 2 is needed
  • USB: USB 3.0 x3
  • Networking: Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi (A/B/G/N dual-band at 2.4ghz and 5ghz) includes WiFi Direct support
  • A/V Hookups: HDMI input and output (4K support)
  • API: DirectX 11.2
  • Mouse and Keyboard Support: Yes

the-xbox-one-and-the-xbox-one-s-brief-review-pic8So there doesn’t seem to be a difference is there? Other than the hard drive size, there isn’t a difference between the Xbox One and the Xbox One S, and the S is the reason why. The only difference comes in with that “S” in the name. That’s the dimensions that change, as the S Stands for Slimline, and instead of only being black, it came in Matte White as well. Both the Xbox One and the Xbox One S supports 4k videos as well as, but games can run at 1080p.

So which should you choose? Is the extra money worth the hard drive space? Well, honestly, yes. They both are great consoles, and they have been around for years already. However, I would put in the extra money, which isn’t that much more now and purchase the S with the extra hard drive space, because games are becoming bigger and bigger, and the updates don’t seem to be slowing down.
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Gaming on the Xbox One and Xbox One S:

In terms of gaming performance, both consoles handle running games at 1080p or HD no problem at all. The Xbox One range doesn’t have the exclusivity in terms of gaming selection as the Playstation 4 had, but there is still a wide range of games to play. The multi-platform games are there, and there games like Horizon 4, and Gears of War 4 to keep you feeling special. If you are looking for a great shooter game to sink your teeth into though, we recommend Halo 5: Guardians. If that doesn’t get your blood racing, then the usual sports simulators are there for you to play.

Kinect, worth it?

Kinect 2.0 has been abandoned, so not something you have to worry about really. However, the standard Kinect unit is still available, if you want to connect that of course. It’s great fun with friends on the odd occasion, but a little gimmicky in mind. Honestly, I don’t find it worth it, as the controller is the way to go for any active game unless you are going to be playing golf with your mates.

Purchasing a Second Hand Xbox One and Xbox One S:

Buying a second-hand Xbox One and an Xbox One S is similar to buying anything second-hand. If the deal seems too good to be true, it usually is. So, how can you go about purchasing a second-hand unit? Well, I covered this in an article about buying a Playstation 3 second-hand, but I’ll cover the questions again.

What should you look at first when buying a second-hand Xbox One or Xbox One S?

The controller is the first thing you want to look at, if the joysticks are loose or worn, then the unit has been used extensively. We recommend checking the warranty sticker to see if the console has been opened or tampered with at all.

What are some of the telltale signs that you shouldn’t purchase the unit?

Looking at the condition of the actual Xbox will tell you how it was used. For example, if there are dents on the case of it, then you know it’s been moved around a lot. You would also like to turn the Xbox on to make sure that it works, if you get an RROD (Red Ring of Death), do not purchase the Xbox, walk away.

How much does an Xbox One or Xbox One S cost?

The Xbox One is still selling at a reasonable price from a company like PWNED Games at about R3800. That is the current price, and that could change over time, depending on the latest console released. The Xbox One S is slightly more expensive coming in at R4100 also from PWNED Games.

You could look at Gumtree and OLX for pricing on these consoles, but then be very cautious. I’m going to repeat this, as it’s something that has always stuck with me, if the deal looks too good to be true, it is, walk away.

Final Thoughts:

the-xbox-one-and-the-xbox-one-s-brief-review-pic1I recommend looking at a company like PWNED Games for second-hand Xbox One’s and Xbox One S’s as they will look over the console, repair what needs to be done and advise you accordingly before your purchase. If they are a bit more expensive (which can be the case, because you’re paying for peace of mind), then looking at Gumtree and OLX is the next option.

There are times that companies like CNA, Incredible Connection, or even the online stores like Raru and Takealot will have specials. If you keep an eye out, you could pick up a new unit for a very reasonable price. They are still available new if you would like to go that route.

In all, the Xbox One and the Xbox One S are decent consoles, and they have stood the test of time like Playstation. Choosing between either the Xbox or the Playstation 4 is a decision I can’t make for you. When you have made your decision on what to buy, drop us a message below and let us know how you find your console.