Microsoft has never been great at naming their consoles and it’s only gotten worse with the current console generation. Unlike the Sony PlayStation where it’s easy to tell the difference what their current console is simply by the number that follows the name PlayStation.
Microsoft on the other hand has chosen to go with a variety of names that don’t really follow any sort of pattern. For example: the original Xbox was just called, Xbox. It’s successor was called the Xbox 360 which was then followed by what we know now as the Xbox One, even though it was technically the 3rd console released by Microsoft. Still with me?
Microsoft went further down the naming rabbit hole by making a smaller, slimmer, and slightly more powerful version of the Xbox One and dubbed it the Xbox One S. Fast forward another year and we’re introduced to an even more powerful version of the Xbox One and Xbox One S code-named Project Scorpio, and ultimately changed to Xbox One X. Confused yet?
Finally, recently premiered at The Game Awards 2019, Microsoft’s next-gen console has caused even more confusion. Rumored to be named, Project Scarlett, Microsoft’s next gaming system was unveiled as, Xbox One Series X. However, after the awards show a Microsoft spokesperson clarified that the name that they will be carrying forward will simply be, Xbox. If we’ve lost you we understand.
If you’re just as perplexed as parents were this holiday and will probably be again the next holiday season, don’t worry we’re here to clear up the confusion!
The only thing you really need to know is that currently there are 3 types of Xboxes. The Xbox One S, the Xbox One S – All Digital Edition, and the Xbox One X.
Xbox One S
With the discontinuation of the original Xbox One, the Xbox One S is now the current standard model of Microsoft’s current generation Xbox. Retailing at $299.99, the S has everything you need; a 4K Blu-ray Disc drive, HDR, and a 1TB HDD to store a good amount of games!
Xbox One S – All Digital Edition
If you’re looking for a strictly all-gaming machine then the Xbox One S – All Digital Edition might be worth a look. Out of the box the ADE boasts the same specifications as the S aside from a few differences. As the name suggests the ADE is built for the gamer who plans to purchase all their titles digitally. The ADE also comes without the built-in Disc Drive which also means no physical games and no 4K Blu-ray Disc drive. The Xbox One S – All Digital Edition retails for $249.99.
Xbox One X
The Xbox One X is Microsoft’s powerhouse. With 40% more powerful than the PlayStation 4 PRO, the X boasts 6 teraflops of processing power, streaming and recording in 4K at 60FPS, and games that are enhanced specifically to take advantage of the consoles power. The X is better, faster, stronger! It retails for $349.99.
Always be on the lookout for deals on all of Microsoft’s Xboxes as they tend to go on sale quite often, sometimes retailing for about 50% less than regular retail price!