The launch of the Xbox One was a bit of a mess. After botching its initial E3 presentation with sky-high pricing and a DRM scheme that would’ve killed used games, the company was forced to back-track. It wasn’t enough. The PlayStation 4’s global sales have roughly doubled that of the Xbox One.
Initial sales were so bad that many analysts speculated that Microsoft might sell off the Xbox division. But that didn’t happen. Instead, the company has doubled down, focusing on the long game with a series of hardware and software updates.
The new Xbox One S represents both. On the hardware side, its miniaturization is meant to leapfrog the PlayStation 4, which is smaller and subtler than the original Xbox One. In software, the Xbox One S is Microsoft’s standard-bearer for Windows 10. While older Xbox One consoles can update to the same software, there’s still a lot of confusion about how Windows 10 and Xbox work together. The updated console is positioned to provide clarity.
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