Xbox One S All-Digital
Xbox One S All-Digital is quite a strange beast. A sort of lite edition of the Xbox One S. The All-Digital gaming console does exactly what you’d assume.
It sheds support for physical game releases (along with Blu-Ray), but still has 4k video and streaming support along with all other One S features.
Interesting, eh? So, who is this for?
Optimally, the AD is for someone without an existing games library, who doesn’t care about the collecting aspect of gaming and only wants to play the titles.
This guess is further enforced by its inferiority compared to the Xbox One X (though It is also far cheaper)
Xbox One S All-Digital Edition Technical Summary
- Produced by Microsoft
- 8-core CPU, clocking at 1.75 GHz
- 1 TB of storage space, usually more than enough
- 8 gigabytes of RAM
- HDMI and USB ports, spatial sound support
- White design
- No physical media support
- 4K video. HD (not 4k) gaming and HDR support.
- Comes with three games: Minecraft, Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 3
What makes it worth it?
The XBox All-Digital is cheaper version of the One S and is far cheaper than the One X. It comes with all features of the One S except for physical media support. You’re getting some good hardware along with HDR for your games and 4K for any videos.
The All-Digital is perfectly capable of playing all of the Xbox’s games and comes with the same Win10-friendly features of the One S.
You may find the graphics somewhat underwhelming on big screens, but that’s about it. If you don’t own a physical collection of games, this is a worthwhile purchase.
It also comes with three games, as noted above. Minecraft is pretty much eternal, though Forza Horizon already has its sequel and Sea of Thieves isn’t particularly outstanding (though a fine game by all means).
This is bonus content and price padding, truthfully.
Why you could reconsider
- Outdated. The Xbox All-Digital is an inferior version of the One S, which is an inferior version of the One X, which will certainly be inferior to the next console generation. That’s a big moat to cross once it eventually comes out, and it may be backwards compatible. Trying to sell the All-Digital may be an ordeal since it doesn’t work with physical releases.
- Won’t work with your physical game copies. If you own any, don’t buy this. It’s that simple.
- Still very expensive for what you’re getting, even despite the included games.
- Only has a white design.
This is by no means a bad console or console version, but it’s tailored for a very particular part of the buyers.
The Xbox isn’t using exclusives. They flat-out aren’t part of its marketing scheme. There are only a few exclusive games that make the console stand out (such as Halo 5). This means you’re looking at hardware…exclusively…when you’re deciding whether or not the device is worth the price.
And is it? Probably not.
This is only a worthwhile purchase if you specifically:
- Don’t intend to buy physical copies of games
- Need to play Xbox One games right now
- Don’t care about graphics enough to get the One X
So, do these three points describe you? If they do, you probably didn’t see anything wrong with this version of the X to begin with.
It might be a strange marketing move, but overall? Not a bad device, just overly specific with its features. If you want one, don’t feel bad about buying one, just know what you’re getting into.