Microsoft threw its hat in the console race with the original Xbox in 2001. Although they were a little late, they were not left behind, as they would release three more generations of the console in the following two decades, making them the only other system on the market that was in contention with PlayStation. Nowadays, their latest technology has brought us the Xbox One and Xbox Series X consoles. Given that they are the latest and greatest consoles from Microsoft, we thought it was time to pit the Xbox One vs the Xbox Series X to see how they compare with one another. So, read on to find out!
What is Xbox One?
The Xbox One is Microsofts fourth-generation Xbox console. It was released in 2013 and has sold an estimated 51 million units since then. In 2017, the console received a newer, improved version called the Xbox One X, which supported immersive 4K gaming. However, that line was eventually discontinued in favor of the Xbox Series X, the next-generation console. The Xbox One, on the other hand, lived on. However, after a two-year run with the Xbox Series X and S consoles, Microsoft decided it was finally time to call quits for production of the Xbox One in January 2022.
What is Xbox Series X?
The Xbox Series X is Microsofts latest “next-generation” Xbox console. Since its release in 2020, it has sold over 21 million units worldwide, with that figure steadily increasing. The Xbox Series X has another version in the form of the Xbox Series S. This is a smaller, all-digital version of the console, exactly akin to the Xbox One S. However for today's argument, we're only looking to pit the best against the best, and that falls on the Xbox One vs the Xbox Series X.
Now it goes without saying that we all pretty much expect the Xbox Series X to dominate the Xbox One in terms of tech specs. However, the proof is in the pudding, so let's take a look.
- Xbox One – Custom GPU @ 853 MHz, 12 CUs, 1.3 TFLOPS
- Xbox Series X – Custom RDNA 2 GPU, 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @1.825 GHz
- Xbox One – Custom Jaguar CPU @ 1.75GHz, 8 cores
- Xbox Series X – 8X Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
- Xbox One – 8 GB DDR3
- Xbox Series X – 16GB GDDR6
- Xbox One – 1080p @ 60Hz
- Xbox Series X – 4K @ 120 FPS (Up to 8k)
Even at a glance, it's clear that the Xbox Series X outperforms its older sibling in terms of tech specs. The Xbox Series X has a much better GPU, processor, more RAM, and it can even run 4K resolution at 120 FPS. Furthermore, the Xbox Series X can run up to 8k, but at the expense of a decrease in FPS. The Xbox One X, on the other hand, can only deliver 1080 at 60 FPS. So, without breaking it down too much, it's pretty clear to see that the Xbox One falls short in terms of tech specs vs the Xbox Series X.
In regards to the tech specs section, it's clear that the Xbox Series X provides better, more immersive gameplay than the Xbox One. However, another critical factor to consider is the number of Hz that each console can support. Without a high refresh rate, you can say goodbye to those resolutions and frame rates. Another reason to look into a good monitor that supports your console's refresh rate. I digress; the Xbox One has a refresh rate of 60Hz. In contrast, the Xbox Series X can support up to 144Hz.
As a result, it's a landslide victory for the Xbox Series X so far. In terms of performance, graphic fidelity, FPS, and, well, you name it, the Xbox Series X completely dominates the Xbox One. The only point of contention left is the difference in controllers. Unfortunately for the Xbox One, both systems' controllers are compatible across consoles.
Xbox has always had the most comfortable and convenient controllers. Their entire layout is designed to be best suited for your hand, resulting in controls that feel fluid and natural. As a result, Xbox controllers have become the preferred and most commonly used controllers among professional Esports gamers.
The only difference between the Xbox One and Xbox Series X controllers is the D-pad. The former is your standard four-way stop setup, whereas the latter also incorporates diagonal points to give you more control. It's a minor distinction and one that ultimately doesn't matter.
That's because both Xbox One and Xbox Series X controllers are compatible across systems. In fact, because they are the most used controllers among Esports professionals, there is a huge variety of Xbox controllers from different retailers. You can literally custom order any type of Xbox controller you want and it will work on both consoles, even PC. So, because there is so much access to getting a controller that you like, there really is no debate to be had, and the verdict is pretty clear as a result.
The verdict for the Xbox One vs. Xbox Series X is pretty straightforward: the latter is a far superior console in every way. Across the board, the Xbox Series X dominates its older brother and ultimately gives further reasoning as to why the Xbox One is now discontinued. So, money aside, if you haven't upgraded by now, there's really no argument holding you back from doing so.