Which Xbox One Console Should You Buy? Xbox One X vs Xbox One S. 500GB vs. 1TB & 2TB models.

Updated December 3, 2020

When you are trying to purchase many types of electronics finding the model that meets your needs the best isn’t always a straightforward process. Too often there isn’t a one size fits all option, which leaves you having to sort through all the different available options and features as you figure out which ones are most important to you. Unfortunately, buying an Xbox One console isn’t much different, but we have you covered. Let us help simplify things and lead you through this technological wilderness of video game consoles.

Microsoft made the following versions of the Xbox One console:

Xbox One S 

The Xbox One S was the most popular version of the Xbox console and comes with a 1TB hard drive. Microsoft is still making the Xbox One S. However, you might see some older versions of this console still out there and available for purchase. Over the course of time, the hard drives on Xbox One S consoles came in 500GB, 1TB (current option), and 2TB sizes.

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Xbox One S All-Digital Edition

The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is an excellent option for people who prefer buying digital copies of their games and would rather not have a bunch of game discs cluttering up their home. With a 1TB hard drive the All-Digital Edition was priced less than the Xbox One S since it didn’t have an included optical drive.  However, Microsoft stopped producing the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition in 2020. You can still find it available for purchase in new, used, and refurbished options.

Xbox One X

 

The Xbox One X is the most powerful version of the Xbox One console that Microsoft released and comes with a 1TB hard drive. Unfortunately, Microsoft stopped production on the Xbox One X in 2020. However, the good news is that you can still find buy Xbox One X with new, used, and refurbished options available for purchase.

You will be able to find each of these consoles available for purchase both by itself or as part of a bundle. Other than a couple of extras that might come with some console bundles, each of these consoles come with the same basic accessories to get you up and running. So how can you decide which bundle and which version of the console are best for you or the person you are shopping for? To answer that question we need to cover a couple of the main differences between the different options you will have to choose from.

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Physical Video Game Copies vs. Digital Copies – Which is Better?

In previous years there was only one way to purchase video games. You went to your local store and bought the video game which was on a disc or cartridge.

Now video game systems along with the technology that supports them have advanced to the point where we have another option – Digital Copies. These digital copies are downloaded directly to your video game console and allow you to play the game just as you would with a physical copy of the game.

So what type of copy (physical or digital) should you buy when you purchase your next video game? Is one type better than the other?

Physical copies and digital copies both have their own advantages and drawbacks. So we decided to examine this topic by taking a look at the pros and cons of each option. As part of this examination, we are taking a look at this issue from the perspective of someone who wants to pre-order a video game that hasn’t been released yet.

If you are new to the world of gaming you might not be familiar with the concept of pre-ordering games. You can read more about what pre-ordering of video games is here.

So let’s begin.

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What is the Best Video Game Console for Families?

What is the Best Video Game Console for Families?

What is the Best Gaming System for Kids?Unless they were a gamer themselves, it is doubtful that very many parents have ever said, “What this family really needs is a video game system.” But even if you have never uttered those words your kids probably have. So what video game console is best for families the Playstation 4, Xbox One, or the Nintendo Switch console?

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Xbox Series X Release Date, Specs, Price and More

Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X Logo

2020 is the year many gamers have been waiting for. It is when Microsoft will be releasing its brand new next-generation video game console, the Xbox Series X. This console is going to be new and improved from the ground up. Naturally, there is a lot of excitement among Xbox fans.

Xbox Series X
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Xbox Series X
  • Introducing Xbox Series X, the fastest, most powerful Xbox ever. Play thousands of titles from four generations of consoles-all games look and play best on Xbox Series X.
  • Experience next-gen speed and performance with the Xbox velocity architecture, powered by a custom SSD and integrated software.
  • Play thousands of games from 4 generations of Xbox with Backward compatibility, including optimized titles at launch.
  • Download and play over 100 high-quality games, including all new Xbox Game Studios titles like Halo Infinite the day they release, with Xbox Game Pass ultimate (membership sold separately).
  • Xbox Smart delivery ensures you play the best available version of your game no matter which Console you're playing on.

So when is it going to be released? What are the specs of the new Xbox Series X? What will be the price? What else do you need to know?

Here is the latest information.

Microsoft Has Released Two New Consoles

Similar to what they did with the Xbox One S and Xbox One X, Microsoft has released two versions of their newest generation of video game consoles the higher end Series X  and the more affordable all digital Xbox Series S.

When compared to the Series S, the Series X is more powerful, has a larger SSD drive (1TB vs. 512GB), and has an optical drive.

Xbox Series X Release Date

The Xbox Series X first was released and available to purchase on November 10, 2020.

Just as they did with the Xbox One, releasing it in the month of November, Microsoft timed the release of the Xbox Series X so that it would be available just in time for the upcoming 2020 holiday shopping season.

Almost every game console sells like hot cakes when it is first released and the Xbox Series X is no different. This means that retailers might sell out of the specific model or bundle that you are hoping to buy. So if you are trying to buy the Xbox Series X in 2020 and you see it available online or in stores, you might want to buy it immediately, because the first wave of consoles that hit retailers’ shelves have already sold out in a lot of locations. So it a probably a gamble to assume that you will be able to easily find it again in a week or two.

Xbox Series X Specs

If you are considering buying a Series X console you are probably wondering about the technical specifications.

First of all, the Xbox Series X is a significant improvement over both the Xbox One S and the more powerful Xbox One X. That is great, but remember that your ability to experience all the benefits of the Series X will have a lot to do with the games you are playing (not all games are designed to take full advantage of the console you are playing them on) and the television you are playing them on.

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Which PS4 Console Should You Buy? 500 GB vs. 1 TB console. PlayStation 4 Slim vs. PlayStation 4 Pro.

Updated May 2021

When you set out to buy a video game console it sounds like a straightforward process, but often it is more complicated than we expect as we have to consider more choices and options than we anticipated. This is true for the people looking to buy a PlayStation 4 as well. So let us help you make your way through this technological maze.

Sony is currently making two versions of the PlayStation 4 consoles the PlayStation 4 Slim & the PlayStation 4 Pro:

Both the PlayStation 4 Slim and the PlayStation 4 Pro have their own unique features. You will find each console sold by itself or as part of unique bundles, which we have shown at the end of this article. So let’s see how you can determine which console might be best for your situation.

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PlayStation 5 Release Date, Specs, Price and More

PlayStation 5

PlayStation 5

Gamers have been looking forward to 2020 for some time now. 2020 is the year of new video game consoles and much of the excitement is for the release of the much anticipated PlayStation 5.

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  • Lightning Speed - Harness the power of a custom CPU, GPU, and SSD with Integrated I/O that rewrite the rules of what a PlayStation console can do.
  • Stunning Games - Marvel at incredible graphics and experience new PS5 features.
  • Breathtaking Immersion - Discover a deeper gaming experience with support for haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and 3D Audio technology.

So what is the release date? What are the specs of the new PS5? What will the price be? What else do you need to know?

Here is the latest.

PS5 Release Date

November 12, 2020, is the first date that the PlayStation 5 was available for purchase. The timing of the release date is early enough to make sure that it will be available for the 2020 holiday shopping season.

Given the release date and the history of other PlayStation console releases, expect that the PlayStation 5 will a very popular.  As with most new game consoles it is expected to sell very quickly and could even be out of stock for periods of time at both brick and motor as well as online retailers. So once they become available you might want to act quickly to ensure that you get the model or bundle that you are looking for.

PlayStation 5 Specs

The PlayStation 5 is a big step up in terms of power and performance when compared to the PlayStation 4 Slim and even the more powerful PlayStation 4 Pro.

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What is PlayStation Plus? | Everything You Need To Know

PlayStation Plus

PlayStation Plus

PlayStation Plus is a Sony’s subscription service that is required to play games online for PS4 and the just-released PS5. You’ll need it to play a multiplayer game with people you’ve never met from around the world as well as to play co-op games with your friends and family who live nearby. With this service, individuals can access free games every month along with incredible discounts on games they buy on the PlayStation store. This service is available for purchase in all countries. Here is everything you should know about PlayStation Plus.

What Do You Get With PlayStation Plus?

PlayStation Plus comes with various incredible features that allow one to discover great games, new ways of playing, and connecting to friends.

The main reason that most people want a PlayStation Plus membership is that it gives them the option to participate in online multiplayer play (for games that have it) that lets gamers play online with friends and participate in tournaments. This allows them to join an international community of online players. Not only is there a very high number of games that have an online multiplayer mode, but gaming these days is very social and the ability to play with and talk to family and friends is very important to a lot of gamers.

Related the option for online multiplayer play PS Plus also has Share Play, which allows you to play multiplayer and co-op games with a friend or even hand control of single-player adventures over to them, even if they don’t own the game.

In addition to giving users access to online gameplay, a PS Plus membership also comes with two free PS4 games included every month which only members can play. You can therefore expand your game collection with indie games, multiplayer games, and blockbuster titles.

PlayStation Plus also includes incredible member discounts on pre-orders, games, and add-ons. Therefore, apart from the regular PS store promotional prices, beta trials as well as early access to demos, one can save on exclusive rewards reserved for members of this subscription.

Users also get 100GB of cloud storage space for saving games, meaning they can still recover their data that was stored on their PS4. Also, if you have a second PS4 and you want to play the same games on both consoles, you can transfer your progress from one machine to the next.

Finally, for certain games, PS Plus will give you exclusive game content like members-only skins, cosmetics, weapons, and more. How valuable these exclusives are to you really depends on if they are for games that you like to play.

What Does PlayStation Plus Cost & What Are the Subscription Lengths?

PlayStation Plus Memberships are sold in three different subscription lengths: monthly, quarterly, and yearly. As you might expect memberships for longer time periods will offer you the best value. When you do the math you will see that the monthly cost for PlayStation Plus is very affordable when you purchase the 12-month membership.

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What is PlayStation Now? | What You Need To Know

PlayStation Now

PlayStation Now

PlayStation Now is a video game subscription service from Sony. Users pay for a subscription to access a Netflix-style game library of PS2, PS3, and PS4 games. You can then choose your favorite game to play over the internet instead of needing to use a game disc to run each game title on your console like normally is the case. In this article, we will look at everything you need to know about PlayStation Now.

What Games Are On PlayStation Now?

Between the PS2, PS3, and PS4 titles, PlayStation Now gives you access to stream and play more than 800 games. Now, you can also download PS2 games and over 300 PS4 games onto your console to play locally.

These games range in prestige and value from the must-play games of the previous decade like The Last of Us, Red Dead Redemption, and unforgettable bargain bin titles. The games offered have improved over time to include anticipated games and those just about to get outdated.

You can see the entire list of games that are available on PS Now here.

Subscription Length & Cost

All PlayStation Now games are available on a monthly subscription-style similar to that available on Netflix. First-time subscribers have access to a seven-day free trial. To access the service after the free trial, they will need to buy a subscription.

PlayStation Now subscriptions can be purchased for different durations of time. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the longer subscription durations will offer the best values. Here are the 3 different subscription lengths you can currently choose from:

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Nintendo Switch vs Switch Lite – Which Console is Best?

Nintendo Switch vs. Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch vs. Nintendo Switch LiteWhen the Nintendo Switch was first released the only big decision you needed to make when buying the console was what colors you wanted your Joy-Cons (controllers) to be. Now that we are a few years past the initial release of the Switch, Nintendo has a few different options out there for people to choose from including the new Nintendo Switch Lite.

So what are all of the different options available? What are the differences? How can we compare the Nintendo Switch vs. Nintendo Switch Lite? How are we supposed to choose which new Nintendo Switch console is best for us?

Don’t worry. We have already done the heavy lifting for you. So let us point out the differences between the available options that are out there and explain what type of user is best suited for each option.

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