Updated December 5, 2022
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.
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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As you just noticed most Xbox One consoles come as some sort of bundle. With a bundle, you get more than just the video game console. In addition to the console, you could also get a game, an extra controller, or other accessories. The price for everything that is included in a bundle is usually less than if you purchased everything separately.
The key to video game console bundles is to find one you like. The best part of a bundle is the fact that you are saving some money, but if you don’t like or want everything that is included in a bundle and won’t use it you are negating the money you saved by purchasing the bundle.
Xbox One S vs Xbox One S All-Digital Edition vs Xbox One X
The original Xbox One console came out in 2013. Since that time different versions have been released and the original version of the Xbox One is no longer being produced. As mentioned above, currently there is only one version of the console that is still being produced – the Xbox One S. That said, you can still find the Xbox One S, One X, and the All-Digital edition available for purchase either as new, used, or refurbished consoles.
Xbox One S
Released in 2016 the Xbox One S is more affordable than the Xbox One X. You will also notice the Xbox One S is also smaller than the Xbox One X. However, don’t let the size of the consoles determine your buying decision because you can always buy a vertical stand for either console to save space.
If you are playing your Xbox on a 1080p television you will probably be very happy with the Xbox One S. Plus, saving money by purchasing this more budget-friendly console will help you free up money to buy some extra games or accessories right away.
In addition to streaming 4K videos on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Microsoft Movies & TV you can also watch 4K Blu-ray movies on the One S thanks to its optical drive, which also allows you the opportunity to play the huge library of backward compatible Xbox 360 and original Xbox games.
Xbox One S All-Digital Edition
In 2019 Microsoft released the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. This version of the Xbox One console is pretty much identical to the Xbox One S. The only difference is that the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition doesn’t have an optical drive.
Getting rid of the optical drive allowed the All-Digital Edition to have an even lower price than the standard Xbox One S. However, getting rid of the optical drive means that you can only buy/use digital game copies. If you are unfamiliar with the differences between digital video game copies and digital copies you might want to read our article that discusses the pros and cons of each.
Another thing you will be missing by not having an optical drive will be the Blu-ray player, which could be an inconvenience if you like to watch movies at home. However, if you already have a Blu-ray player or stream movies instead of watching them on a physical disc you probably won’t miss the Blu-ray player.
Lastly, without the optical drive, you won’t be able to take advantage of the backward compatibility that the Xbox One S offers. That said if you like the All-Digital Edition you probably aren’t the type of person who keeps piles of old games around. However, if you do want to play some classic games there is always the Xbox Game Pass Membership that will give you unlimited access to over 100 games. You can see the games that are available through game pass here.
In the end, if you are thinking that the Xbox One S is a good choice for you, are fine with digital game copies, and don’t need a Blu-ray player the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition could be a great choice for you.
Xbox One X
As you can see from the specs shown above the most powerful version of the Xbox One console is the Xbox One X. This high-end version of the popular video game console came out in 2017. While it is a little bigger in size than its Xbox One S counterpart the Xbox One X does have a lot more under the hood.
The Xbox One X has a faster processor as well as the ability to display more detailed graphics. So not only will games load faster and have less lag, but if you are playing them on a 4K television the graphics will be noticeably better.
These improved graphics are the main reason to consider buying an Xbox One X. When playing on a 4K television you will notice that the image looks crisper with increased detail for objects in the background.
As you probably expected the Xbox One X will allow you to stream 4K videos, in addition to watching 4K Blu-ray movies – thanks to its Blu-ray drive. This optical drive also allows you to take advantage of playing all of the backward compatible Xbox 360 and original Xbox games.
The downside of this version of the console is that it is significantly more expensive than the Xbox One S and the One S All-Digital Edition.
Which One is Best For You?
This really comes down to what type of television you plan on playing your games on. If you have a 4K television or plan on buying one in the next year or two you probably want to purchase the Xbox One X.
All games will play on both devices, but an ever-increasing number of games are being enhanced to take advantage of the improved graphics capabilities of the Xbox One X.
While you might notice some slight performance improvements, especially on newer games, when playing an Xbox One X on a 1080p television. However, not being able to take advantage of the improved graphics makes the additional money spent on this console less worthwhile – especially if you are budget conscious.
500 GB vs. 1 TB vs. 2 TB
At this time Microsoft is only making Xbox One consoles with 1TB hard drives. Nonetheless, you still might find some consoles for sale with 500GB or 2TB hard drives at different retailers including Amazon. These 500 GB and 2TB consoles and bundles are older models. Several of these older consoles are collector editions or part of limited edition bundles and might come with a higher price tag. If you like one of these older versions or limited/collector edition bundles there really isn’t anything the matter with them – especially if you find a good deal. However, from a price perspective, you are probably going to be better of going with one of the newer consoles. This is especially true if you have a 4K television and are considering an Xbox One X. That being said, let’s talk about the differences between the 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB consoles.
If you are thinking about buying a Xbox One console you are probably wondering if you should buy the Xbox One 500 GB console, the Xbox One 1 TB console, or one of the Xbox One 2 TB consoles. The first difference you will notice between the two consoles is price. The 500 GB version is usually around $50 more than the 1 TB version and the 2 TB version will usually you another $50 depending on what bundles you are comparing.
The thing to remember about the Xbox One (as well as the PlayStation 4) is that it downloads a HUGE amount of data. Large amounts of data gets downloaded and stored on the hard drive for both games that were purchased online as well as for games that were purchased in a store and have physical discs. This is also true as it relates to the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games.
Wikipedia reported that as of 2013 the 500 GB console only has approximately 362 GB of usable storage space on the hard drive. The remaining space is taken up by the operating system and pre-installed software, which is similar to how it would work on your home computer.
This 500 GB version of the console is ideal for people who don’t buy a lot of games or don’t have a big library of Xbox 360 titles. If you plan on playing more than 10 games (knowing that each game downloads a different amount of data) or have several Xbox 360 backward compatible games that you plan on continuing to play it is possible that you will run out of storage space and will need to purchase an external hard drive. These hard drives can be $100 or more. So if you know prior to buying your Xbox One that the 500 GB version won’t give you sufficient storage you will probably be better served by spending the additional $50 and purchasing the 1 TB model.
Using the information Wikipedia provided from extremetech.com we are able to calculate that we should have approximately 862 GB of usable storage with the 1 TB console, which is more than twice the storage that is available on the 500 GB console. This makes the 1 TB model is ideal for people who will be anticipating more download activity.
With the release of the Xbox One S we started seeing 2 TB consoles. Users are reporting that these 2 TB consoles have approximately 1.6 TB of usable space. If you plan on getting a lot of games for your Xbox One or downloading/playing a ton of backwards compatible Xbox 360 games onto your console getting one with a 2 TB drive can be an excellent choice.
Even with these larger amounts of available storage, it is still possible to run out of space if you download enough games to your console. In those situations, you will eventually need to look at some of the external hard drive options.
What Happens If Your Xbox One Runs Out of Storage Space (Your Hard Drive Gets Full)?
The good news is that Microsoft will allow you to add an external hard drive to the Xbox One to expand your storage space as mentioned above.
The Xbox One’s basic requirements for storing games and apps on an external drive are:
- Has a capacity of 128 GB or more, and
- Note: This was reduced from 256 GB
- Uses USB 3.0.
Here are some external hard drives the would work for the Xbox One:
However, if you don’t want to pay money to add an external hard drive, or want to avoid the extra clutter that an external hard drive represents, your other option would be to delete a few games from your hard drive to free up some storage space. Then when you want to play the game again later you can download the files again, but this can take a long time. The good news is that the progress that you previously made in the game will still be saved with your user account. The only inconvenience is the fact that you will have to wait for the files to download again, which depending on the size of the game can take a long time. This inconvenience will only increase the more often you have to do this.
When you are deciding on which Xbox One bundle to purchase you need to buy something that you like. It makes no sense to buy a bundle with game(s) you will never play or accessories that you will never use. You simply will not be getting as much value for your dollar in those situations.
That being said most people will be better served by buying one of the current Xbox One 1 TB bundles. Because the 500GB and 2TB versions are not currently being made those versions are in limited supply and are sometimes sold for a higher price than the current bundles.
The fact that you can add additional storage means that you will be fine no matter what, but if you find two bundles that you like equally and they have different sized hard drives you should think seriously about going with the larger hard drive.
Finally, and maybe most importantly, remember that when choosing between the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X consoles you need to consider what type of television you will be playing the games on. Yes, the more powerful Xbox One X will show some improved performance even when being played on a 1080p television, but you won’t be able to fully appreciate its ability to display improved graphics unless you are playing it on a 4K television. For many people, the ability to play games in 4K is the main reason they consider paying extra money to purchase the Xbox One X.
Shown below are the current best selling Xbox One consoles and bundles. You can see even more options here:
- 6 teraflops of graphical processing power and a 4K Blu-ray player provides more immersive gaming and entertainment
- Play with the greatest community of gamers on the most advanced multiplayer network
- Works with all your Xbox One games and accessories
- Great for 1080p screensgames run smoothly, look great, and load quickly
- Microsoft 5C6-00056
- 1 TB internal hard drive. Black glossy & matter exterior
- Custom 1.75 GHz AMD 8-core APU
- Supports 4K, 1080p, and 720p resolutions
- Access your favorite entertainment through apps like YouTube, Netflix, and more
- Enjoy over 100 games right out of the box with a 1 month Xbox Game Pass trial
- Watch 4K Blu-ray movies and stream 4K video on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Microsoft Movies & TV, and more
- Play with friends and family near and far—sitting together on the sofa or around the world on Xbox Live, the fastest, most reliable gaming network
- Xbox One games and accessories work together
- Go all digital with Xbox Series S and experience next-gen speed and performance at a great price.
- Bundle includes: Xbox Series S console, one Xbox Wireless Controller, power cable.
- Make the most of every gaming minute with Quick Resume, lightning-fast load times, and gameplay of up to 120 FPS—all powered by Xbox Velocity Architecture.
- Enjoy digital games from four generations of Xbox, with hundreds of optimized titles that look and play better than ever.
- Add Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (membership sold separately) to play new games day one. Enjoy hundreds of high-quality games with friends on console, PC, and cloud. Plus, now you can skip the install and jump in with cloud gaming.
- Bundle includes: Xbox One S 500GB Console, 1 Xbox Wireless Controller (with 3.5mm headset jack), HDMI cable (4K Capable), AC Power cable, 14-day Xbox Live Gold Trial
- With Xbox One S, watch 4k Blu-ray Movies, stream 4K content on Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and Microsoft Movies apps
- Experience richer, more luminous colors and video with High Dynamic Range technology
- Play over 100 console exclusives and a growing library of Xbox 360 games on Xbox One
- 500 GB Hard Drive
- Xbox One wireless controller, AC Power Cable, and HDMI Cable
- Storage: 500GB
- Color: White
- 4K Ultra HD Resolution
- This product includes: a 1TB hard drive custom Halo designed console, a uniquely designed Spartan themed Steel Book containing a full game digital download of Halo 5: Guardians, matching Spartan Locke wireless controller, Chat Headset, Warzone REQ Pack which includes 14 Premium Requisition packs, FOTUS-class armor, a multiplayer emblem, 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold, HDMI Cord, and an AC Power Cable
- Includes custom Halo sound effects for turning the console on, off, and disc eject
- Includes a Guardian model by Metal Earth, Halo: The Fall of Reach - Animated Series, and Spartan Locke's Classified Orders
- Quickly switch between your games, live TV, and apps like Amazon Video, Netflix, YouTube, and HBO GO
- Play select Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One with backwards compatibility
- Go all digital with the Xbox One S all digital edition and enjoy disc free gaming
- If purchased through Xbox all access: Enjoy low monthly payments for 24 months, no upfront cost, access to over 100 high-quality games and online multiplayer. Plus console upgrade option
- The previous generation bundle includes: Xbox One S 1TB All-digital edition console (Disc-free gaming), wireless controller, 1-month of Xbox live gold, and download codes for Minecraft, Sea of thieves and Fortnite Battle Royale
- Fortnite Battle Royale content includes 2000 V-Bucks, Legendary Rogue Spider Knight Outfit, and 2 Style Variants that unlock as in-game challenges are completed in free Fortnite Battle Royale and Creative Modes only save the world campaign not included Xbox live gold required to play Fortnite Battle Royale, Sea of Thieves, and multiplayer in minecraft (subscription sold separately)
- Pick up where you left off on another Xbox One or Windows 10 PC with Xbox Play anywhere titles like sea of thieves
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