Earlier this week, Microsoft announced their newest console, the Xbox One S. Many people were led to believe that the new console would perform in a higher quality than what is currently supported on the Xbox One. However, in a statement given by Xbox planning lead Albert Penello, the company has confirmed that this is not the case. In Penello’s words the CPU and GPU improvements to the One S are of no consequence. In his words, “When we made changes to the box for 4K we unlocked a little bit more processing power to enable HDR. That’s it. It’s exactly the same architecture as the existing one.”
When pushed to speak about the performance difference, Penello answered, “I promise, it won’t even show up. It will have no impact on games at all. Literally no impact. They will be identical. It’s nothing, it is literally nothing.”
In light of this, one has to wonder why on earth Xbox bothered to include this in their E3 line up. Smaller versions of existing consoles are nothing new. Most consoles release upgraded versions within a year of release. But Microsoft seems to have made a big fuss over the One S, only to do everything in their power to convince you not to buy one. “No, don’t worry! It doesn’t do anything new. It just looks different.” The release date for the Xbox One S is yet to be announced.