Xbox One 500GB Console

Last updated date: April 30, 2019

DWYM Score
8.4

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We looked at the top 1 Xbox Consoles and dug through the reviews from 9 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Trusted Reviews, T3, CNET, PC World, Chicago Tribune, Polygon, Engadget, PC Magazine and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Xbox Console you should buy.

Overall Take

The Xbox One 500GB Console builds in 1080p resolution, which will offer great graphics and enjoyable streaming. It also features a 4K UHD-compatible Blu-Ray player for those who still enjoy watching a good DVD. There will be limited exclusive titles, but you'll still be able to access many of your favorite games. In our analysis of 60 expert reviews, the Microsoft Xbox One 500GB Console placed 3rd when we looked at the top 4 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 8, 2019:
Checkout The Best Xbox Console for a detailed review of all the top xbox consoles.

Expert Summarized Score
8.2
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
3,595 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Top of the line CPU and GPU processing capabilities that surpass those of the Playstation and Nintendo consoles.
- BestReviews
Great exclusive titles, superb controller and more strong games on the horizon.
- Trusted Reviews
August 29, 2017 | Full review
The most notable improvement are the rumble-filters beneath the controller's casing that give players a sense of immersion the Xbox 360 didn't have physically.
- T3
Battery life is impressive on the controller, though it takes two AAs as opposed to the DualShock 4's internal rechargeable battery.
- CNET
November 16, 2015 | Full review
Slick TV and streaming-media integration and impressive next-generation games.
- PC World
November 19, 2013 | Full review
It’s a solid 1080p streaming media player and handles basic gaming.
- Chicago Tribune
February 15, 2019 | Full review
One of the most exciting additions to the controller is actually behind that unusually long battery life. The controller works in coordination with Kinect to monitor its use.
- Polygon
What's most impressive is face recognition, which works without fail and works very quickly. It's not just convenient, but also adds a sense of ownership to the experience.
- Engadget
September 19, 2019 | Full review
The Xbox One integrates into your TV watching thanks to its HDMI input and OneGuide. It offers a full program guide of your cable or satellite service alongside the usual selection of online media apps, all wrapped up in one menu you can control with your voice.
- PC Magazine
November 18, 2015 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Not as graphically robust as the Xbox X. Some games don't display at a full 1080p. Doesn't have many good exclusive games.
- BestReviews
Big and bulky. Plus, it struggles to match the PS4 on raw performance.
- Trusted Reviews
August 29, 2017 | Full review
The Xbox One certainly doesn't look as sleek as Sony's PS4. In fact, it's a big, hulking brute of a machine that bears more than a passing resemblance to a Betamax video recorder circa 1984. It's a 263 x 80 x 305 mm slab weighing about 3.2kg.
- T3
The Xbox One also lags behind the PS4 in its selection of indie games. The Kinect's legacy is still a blemish.
- CNET
November 16, 2015 | Full review
Xbox Live Gold is essentially a requirement. No social integration.
- PC World
November 19, 2013 | Full review
It’s not as fast as newer models. The lack of a 4K Blu-ray player in the original Xbox One makes the less expensive Xbox One S a much better value.
- Chicago Tribune
February 15, 2019 | Full review
There are disappointments to be had. The Xbox One supports Play To streaming from Windows 7 and 8 PCs via DLNA, but there's no way to pull content to the system from a PC directly (though the Xbox One does support playback of almost any file your Windows PC recognizes as media, whether music or video).
- Polygon
After connecting, you've got a big patch on your hands -- at least 500MB -- before restarting and beginning the actual setup process. We encountered longer-than-normal restart times during this initial process; it's possible the update will go smoother on launch day, but don't be too concerned if it's a little... disconcerting.
- Engadget
September 19, 2019 | Full review
Kinect integration and voice commands have been de-emphasized to the point of almost being completely dropped.
- PC Magazine
November 18, 2015 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Choose one of four blockbuster titles with the Xbox One 500GB Name Your Game Bundle, featuring a full game download of either Forza Motorsport 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, or Rare Replay - the choice is yours. Join friends on Xbox Live, the world’s premier gaming community across Xbox One and Windows 10. Play your digital and disc-based Xbox 360 games with advanced features like Game DVR. And stream your Xbox One games to any Windows 10 PC in your home. With the greatest games lineup in Xbox history, there’s never been a better time to jump ahead with Xbox One.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Xbox One X 1TB Console
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 20
2. Xbox One S 500GB Console
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 18
3. Xbox One 500GB Console
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 9
4. Xbox Console
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Xbox Consoles

When it comes to gaming consoles, each release seems to bring more features, including enhanced video resolution and access to better games and apps. But you’ll pay for those features, often with an increase in price of $100 or more. For that reason, it can help to look at what you really need in a gaming console to avoid overspending on benefits you won’t even use.

Newer Xbox consoles pack in great resolution to make your games jump off the screen. With true 4K Ultra High Definition capabilities, you can take advantage of the games that render at that resolution. Unfortunately, not all games do, and even if they do, it will only work if you have a 4K UHD TV. Before you start shopping, make sure you know what resolution your TV offers to avoid wasting money on a feature that won’t even benefit you.

Many gaming consoles double as Blu-Ray players, which is worth considering as you shop. If you make regular stops at the nearest Redbox or you collect DVDs, look for a gaming console that supports 4K UHD discs, assuming your TV supports it. Some Xboxes can’t offer a gaming experience in 4K UHD, but they can display movies in that format. If you prefer streaming your entertainment, look for a console that can provide high-resolution video when services offer it.

Speaking of streaming, if that’s important to you, be sure to look for a gaming console that connects up to the apps you use. Many of the newer ones provide access to popular streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. If you want to play with others, you’ll also need to ensure the console you buy has Xbox Live capabilities. Some older consoles had versions of Xbox Live that are no longer available. But if you just want to play games and don’t care about online team-based gaming, it may be worth the savings on an older model.

DYWM Fun Fact

The Xbox has become known for its green logo and branding, but the story of how the color was chosen is fairly interesting. Xbox’s creator, Horace Luke, chose the color by default – all his other markers had been stolen. Originally the company had no idea “Halo” would be its breakout game. Instead, the leadership team thought a game called “Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee” would be the big hit.

“Halo” has an interesting history, as well, having evolved from a 1997 game called Myth. Developed by Bungie Studios, the first game was released in late 2001 and called “Halo: Combat Evolved.” Interestingly, it was originally targeted for Windows and Mac computers, but Microsoft’s release of the Xbox changed all that.

The Xbox Console Buying Guide

  • Gamers are excited about the newer Xboxes for good reason: 4K UHD support brings a more immersive gaming experience. If you have a 4K UHD TV, you’ll need to seriously consider the Microsoft Xbox One X 1TB Console, which renders games in 4K UHD resolution. The issue, though, is that not all games support this feature. So, you’ll have to look specifically for those that do if you want to take advantage of 3840 x 2160-pixel resolution.
  • You may not care as much about 4K UHD gaming as you do watching DVDs. The Microsoft Xbox One S 500GB Console delivers games in High Definition Resolution, which is great but not as good as 4K UHD. But when you pop a DVD into the Blu-Ray player, you’ll get 4K resolution, as long as you have a 4K TV.
  • With older versions like the Microsoft Xbox One 500GB Console, you’re looking for support for 1080p, which was once the top of the line when it came to gaming. The Microsoft Xbox One 500GB Console offers 1080p with those games that support it.
  • Graphics and speed rely heavily on what’s inside the box. With the Microsoft Xbox One X 1TB Console, you get an AMD Polaris 6-teraflop GPU and 40% more gaming power than competitors. This power will make a big difference, especially when playing graphics-intensive games in 4K UHD resolution. It also means your games will power up quickly, eliminating that annoying lag.
  • If you still watch DVDs, the built-in Blu-Ray player is going to be a draw. The Microsoft Xbox One X 1TB Console, Microsoft Xbox One S 500GB Console and Microsoft Xbox One 500GB Console all feature 4K UHD compatible Blu-Ray players.
  • You don’t have to buy or rent DVDs when you can access plenty of online streaming services for a monthly subscription price. The Microsoft Xbox One X 1TB Console and Microsoft Xbox One S 500GB Console feature 4K video streaming from all the major services, although you’ll only be able to access 4K UHD resolution if the services provide it. With the Microsoft Xbox One 500GB Console, you’ll get access to top streaming services but only in 1080p.
  • In order to link up with others online for remote gameplay, you’ll need Xbox Live, which most of the consoles have. However, Microsoft Xbox Console’s version of Xbox Live has been discontinued, unfortunately. So if this feature is important to you, you may not be willing to give it up.
  • Another limitation you may find with older Xbox consoles is that your selection of game titles is limited. If you want the most possible, you’ll need to stick with the Microsoft Xbox One X 1TB Console. The Microsoft Xbox One S 500GB Console is great because it can play Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles. With the Microsoft XBOX Console and Microsoft Xbox One 500GB Console, you may be disappointed at the limited exclusive titles available.
  • One of the biggest reasons to go with an older model is cost. You’ll often find the newest consoles retail for at least $300, going as high as $500. On the other hand, you can find the Microsoft Xbox One S 500GB Console in the $200-$300 range and the Microsoft XBOX Console for less than $150. If you can find a console used, you may be able to get a good deal on a slightly newer console version, although the latest and greatest can be tough to find at resale.
  • Storage space is limited on all the Xbox consoles, although you may be dazzled by the promised 1TB hard drive on the Microsoft Xbox One X 1TB Console. Consider, though, that 4K games take up more space, often totaling more than 100 GB once downloaded. That means if you want to store multiple games, you’ll probably need to invest in an external hard drive. The Microsoft XBOX Console builds in only an 8 GB hard drive.