There were very few complaints when the original Xbox One was announced, and it failed to handle 4K. In 2013 nobody really cared about HD’s successor. Not unless they’d spent thousands of dollars on one of the few 4K TV sets available at the time. Yes, the best consoles have a habit of being future-proof (see the PS2 playing DVDs and the PS3 playing Blu-ray), but in 2013, 4K seemed too far in the future for anyone to care.
Three years later the TV landscape has radically changed, and Microsoft, which has made no bones about its desire to be at the heart of your living room, has been forced to change with it. So its new console, the Xbox One S, plays nicely with 4K. Additionally, it’s compatible with the rapidly-emerging HDR10 standard. And finally, it can play the brand new Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. It’s so future-proof, in fact, that most current TVs won’t be able to take advantage of its best features yet. The Xbox One S is the forward-thinking gaming console/set-top box Microsoft I wish Microsoft has released in the fall of 2013. Though to be fair to Microsoft, Ultra HD wasn’t officially a standard until earlier this year and HDR10 wasn’t even announced until late last year. But 4K could have been baked-in from the get go, which even if it would have increased the price wouldn’t have required an upgrade now..