Xbox One S 500GB Console

Last updated date: April 9, 2019

Review Melt Score
8.6

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We looked at the top 1 Xbox Consoles and dug through the reviews from 12 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, New York Times Wirecutter, Digital Trends, Best Reviews Guide, Tech Radar, Trusted Reviews, CNET, Alphr, Windows Central, PC World, Engadget, TechHive and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Xbox Console you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 48 expert reviews, the Microsoft Xbox One S 500GB Console placed 2nd when we looked at the top 4 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.5
12 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
3,307 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Comes with the 4K Blu ray player standard and can output in HDR. Very affordable and can often be found on sale.
- BestReviews
The Xbox One S can play a large number of Xbox 360 and original-Xbox titles. If you have a compatible original-Xbox or 360 game disc, you can download those games to your Xbox One S. If you downloaded Xbox 360 games from Xbox Live in the past, you can redownload them to the Xbox One from your My Games page.
- New York Times Wirecutter
The Xbox One S, meanwhile, costs around $300 for a “starter bundle” that includes a three-month Xbox Game Pass hat allows you to play a wide variety of games without purchasing them outright. The Xbox One S also regularly goes on sale, so you might find it for even less.
- Digital Trends
Beyond 4K, the addition of HDR is also a great inclusion for the console. It's more powerful than it was when the system came out three years ago, and more spacious thanks to a larger 2TB hard drive that can be found in many of the special editions of the console.
- Tech Radar
The Xbox One has had a total makeover, and it’s a huge improvement. Microsoft hasn’t confirmed what the “S” stands for, but we’re taking a guess at “slim”. The case is 40% smaller, which makes the Xbox One S only a little bigger than a PS4, and smaller than the dinkiest of mini-ITX PCs.
- Trusted Reviews
December 3, 2018 | Full review
The Xbox One S is a slick looking game console that's 40 percent smaller than the original and ditches the infamously gigantic power brick. It can display 4K video from streaming services and Ultra HD Blu-rays, and supports HDR contrast on video and games.
- CNET
The Xbox One S’s other key new features surround its media-playback capabilities. The first is HDR or high dynamic range. This essentially broadens the range of colours the Xbox One S can output, and when the console is hooked up with a compatible television, the effect is amazing.
- Alphr
The Xbox One S is a sleek and sexy game console with serious media features, including all your favorite entertainment apps and a 4K Blu-ray player to boot.
- Windows Central
February 18, 2019 | Full review
Xbox One S’s support for both 4K Blu-ray discs, 4K streaming, and HDR make it seem inexpensive, especially given all of its other capabilities.
- PC World
August 2, 2016 | Full review
The only game console with a UHD Blu-ray drive for 4K movie playback
- Engadget
August 2, 2016 | Full review
The good news is strong support for audio and image codecs. The Xbox One S can play FLAC, Apple and Windows lossless. MP3, WMA, and Apple M4V, as well as WAV files up to 7.1 channels and 96kHz/24-bit sampling rates/resolution.
- TechHive
July 24, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Can't output games in 4K resolution and lacks the horsepower of the Xbox One X.
- BestReviews
The Xbox One S requires a $60-per-year Xbox Live Gold subscription to play multiplayer games online.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Needs adapter for Kinect.
- Tech Radar
It may be more environmentally friendly, but the battery has proved to be poor and I’m forever having to plug it in. I wish Microsoft would ship controllers with its “Play and Charge” kits – it would be a good compromise.
- Trusted Reviews
December 3, 2018 | Full review
4K, Ultra HD Blu-ray and HDR settings only work with newer TVs, and may require some trial and error. The updated controller feels cheaper than its predecessor.
- CNET
However, if you already own an Xbox One, the Xbox One S’s proposition becomes an altogether murkier affair. The main difference between the Xbox One S and the One is the addition of HDR and 4K Blu-ray compatibility – and to make the most of this you’ll need a 4K and HDR-enabled TV, which will set you back £800 at the very least.
- Alphr
The only downside is that it won't be able to run the 4K versions of the latest games. Games run worse, even on a 1080p TV.
- Windows Central
February 18, 2019 | Full review
One issue is that the user interface itself seems to require time to “warm up.” The first time you try to open up the left-hand sidebar interface, the system seemingly lags for a second or two. Using the shoulder buttons to navigate back and forth between the Dashboard’s sections is satisfactory, though it seems that every so often the One S doesn’t register a button click.
- PC World
August 2, 2016 | Full review
No reason to buy unless you own a 4K TV.
- Engadget
August 2, 2016 | Full review
When we tried to play a file Media Player didn’t support, file listings would disappear. Only a system restart would allow testing to continue. That got old very quickly, especially as the Xbox One S is pretty slow to start up. Hopefully, this will be fixed in the near future.
- TechHive
July 24, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Edition:S 500GB Xbox One S 500GB Console

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Expert Reviews: 13
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Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 12
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Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 7
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Overall Score: 8.2
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