Is it worth buying an Xbox One S or Xbox One X in 2022? The two consoles have since been succeeded by the new Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X which released in November 2020, but millions of people have yet to make the jump, and the Xbox One still remains a very popular line of consoles right now. So, is it still enjoyable to use one in 2022? Are there still games being made for it, how does it cope with modern titles, and are you throwing your money away by paying for an Xbox One now, rather than waiting to buy a next-gen system? We've put together this little Xbox One buying guide to try and help you make an informed decision this year.
Note: This guide was originally published in March 2021, but we've updated it as of August 2022.
Xbox One: What's The General Experience Like In 2022?
All things considered, the Xbox One is still a good way to experience (nearly) everything Microsoft has to offer right now, whether you're still hanging onto the original model from 2013, or benefiting from the more powerful Xbox One X. Microsoft has made a point of giving plenty of attention to its older systems as well as the new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, so you're not missing out on too much by sticking with the Xbox One.
For example, the user interface remains almost exactly the same as that of the new consoles, you still get access to the vast library of backwards compatible games from the original Xbox and Xbox 360 generations, Xbox Game Pass is still filled with hundreds of titles you can play, and there are still few exclusive games on the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S at present, so you can access most of the modern Xbox library by sticking with the Xbox One.
Plus, with the addition of Xbox Cloud Gaming on console, you can even sample the likes of The Medium on Xbox One by streaming it over the cloud, even though that game is technically an Xbox Series X and Series S exclusive.
You will notice differences if you get a chance to compare the Xbox One S with the new Xbox Series S, for example, primarily in terms of improved visuals, how much faster games load, how much better they perform (with far fewer instances of pop-in and framerate drops), improved framerates and support for up to 120 frames per-second in some games, the benefits of FPS Boost, and many other quality-of-life improvements. The original Xbox One and Xbox One S definitely tend to struggle at times with more modern games, so don't be surprised if you suffer instances of judder and freezing on occasion.
But, if you're in a situation where you can get an Xbox One for a very cheap price, or someone is willing to gift one to you because they've bought one of the new systems, you can rest assured that the Xbox One is still a competent console in 2022, and Microsoft will continue to support it for a while yet, with the majority of releases for this year still set to release on Xbox One as well as Series X and Series S.
Xbox One: Which Model Is Best To Pick Up In 2022?
For the uninitiated, there are three different models of Xbox One that have released throughout its lifespan, in the form of original Xbox One, the revamped (but primarily very similar) Xbox One S, and the more powerful Xbox One X.
Let's start with that original Xbox One from 2013. The only reason you're going to want to pick up one of these in 2022 is if someone offers it to you or you find one for very cheap, as while it's still a competent console, it's significantly more bulky than the Xbox One S, and it also requires a separate power brick to operate which is an annoyance.
The Xbox One S was the replacement for the original Xbox One, and it's probably your best bet if you're going to buy an Xbox One in 2022. If you can get it for a low price, it's still a good console, and it's small and sleek enough that it's not going to dominate your TV cabinet like the original did.
The Xbox One X was a more powerful alternative to the Xbox One S, being able to provide higher quality visuals and better performance in some cases, but it's no longer available to buy from new, and even if buying used, you're probably not going to find it any cheaper than the Xbox Series S which is definitely a better alternative for the most part.
Ultimately, all of these three models are still not bad in 2022, but you need to keep in mind that the new Xbox Series S retails for just £249.99 / $299.99, is future-proof, and is better than any of the Xbox One systems for 1080p gaming, so you'd be much better off buying one of those if the option is there. Just keep in mind you don't get a disc drive with the Xbox Series S (that luxury has been reserved for the ultra-powerful Xbox Series X).
So, Is It Worth Buying An Xbox One In 2022?
As you can probably gather, this isn't the easiest question to answer. All three Xbox One consoles still function well in 2022, and you're not missing out on too much exclusive content at present by sticking with them, but if you're planning to actually buy one, it all comes down to the price you're offered at the end of the day.
If you don't want to fork out £449 / $499 for the new and all-powerful Xbox Series X, the £249.99 / $299.99 Xbox Series S should definitely still be on your radar — we think it's a better option than any of the three Xbox One consoles.
But, rest assured that if you just want a really cheap Xbox One in 2022, you're still going to get a lot of enjoyment out of it for plenty of time to come. Plus, you can play Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite on it, so that'll certainly keep you busy!
- Xbox One (2013): Still works well in 2022, but spend very little on it.
- Xbox One S: Works well in 2022, most convenient option on a tight budget.
- Xbox One X: Good (and 4K compatible), but probably best to save up for a Series S or X instead.
- Xbox Series S: Next-gen, fantastic price from new, better than all three Xbox One models — but no disc drive, small storage space, and primarily focused on 1080p gaming (rather than 4K) at up to 120 frames per-second.
- Xbox Series X: The next-gen behemoth! This is the best you can get, but it'll cost you.
What do you think? It is worth buying an Xbox One in 2022? Give us your thoughts down below.
Absolutely not, at retail the One S costs more than the Series S which is frankly ridiculous and unless you can get a One X pretty cheaply I see no value in them whatsoever
We got xbox one S digital Xmas 2yrs ago, nice not having to store game boxes everywhere. I never considered xbox before but the price 2yrs ago was so cheap we didn't pass it up. We then last year finally packed up our wii u
No way. Just get a Series S
Don't bother with a One, One S, or One X.
Get the HotStock App, set it to the Series console of choice, and let it do the work for you to find stock. It's how I secured a PS5 after about a month of having the app.
I would say it helped with a Series X, but I got one before I discovered the HotStock App. Before the app I made regular "rounds" of the various retailer websites and happen to stumble on Series X stock at Best Buy.
Can’t say it is. I still have my base model Xbox One which has been totally eclipsed in use by my Series X with the sole exception of TV mode.
It's hard to imagine a world where you would pick the One S over the Series S. I guess if you're married to the idea of physical media, that's a reasonable case, but even then you're money's likely better saved for a Series X.
The last Xbox I owned was the 360, and I was lucky enough to get a Series X at launch. With how much the Series X improves over the Xbox One from what I heard, it makes me happy that I decided to skip the Xbox One.
I was planning on getting one when the next gen consoles were out, to catch up on Xbox exclusives i'd missed over the years, but when I found out the price of the Series S, it didn't make sense to go any other direction than get the Series S.
I usually pick a new game or franchise to play every month or so. On whatever console I have them on.
So far this month, I've spent more time playing my 360 (obviously playing no BC games). With the odd dip in to MCC on my xbox one s.
I just feel like, now especially, with all the stock shortages, price gouging, and job insecurity, just play what you have.
Once the Series S/X is in regular stock there is absolutely no need for the older models due to the backwards compatibility and the benefits of the SSD and new silicon in the new ones.
I was very surprised recently when my buddy just went into a Costco and picked up a series S bundle that included the old Xbone 2TB Seagate external storage and one month of GPU...he's in Nova Scotia but i was still surprised. I actually thought he bought the One S cuz he told me he got the white one with 2TB storage.
Nah. Soon as I saw the Series S I knew I'd be getting that. Got lucky with mine after randomly checking the GAME website and seeing them in stock. Put my Fatbox One into retirement as soon as it arrived.
Microsoft should sell the Xbox One S's at like $149 bundled with Minecraft, Fortnite and free access XLG and GamePass.
I know everyone has there own priorities and requirements so there is no 'right' answer for everyone.
That being said, if you are buying new, I do think it makes more sense to invest in something that is not more limited going forward. By limited, its going to have a smaller library of games as all the games are playable on next gen consoles as well as all the games that will release on next gen only. Not only that, more games will be limited on performance (like capped at 30fps) and/or visually.
Yes a lot of games are also releasing on last gen hardware - but often struggling to hold a 30fps frame rate. Games like Fable, Forza Motorsport, Perfect Dark, Scorn, Stalker 2 etc are all listed as Series S/X only - not Xbox One consoles. Unless MS updates the XB1 to 'stream' games via Game Pass, then its unlikely these games will be playable on XB1.
If the Series S/X didn't play all the XB1 games, many of those benefiting from enhancements like Auto HDR, increased resolution, increased frame rates, increased Anisotropic Filtering etc, then maybe it would be worth buying an XB1 for all the games this last gen offered. However, as these are all playable, then I see no reason to buy - its not as if you are missing out on games (unless you really want to play Kinect games but would need an XB1 with Kinect if you can find one used).
Its not like the start of last gen when the 360 had a lot of great titles to play and the XB1 had a very limited library. If you owned games like ACiv: Black Flag, CoD Ghosts etc on last gen, you had to rebuy for next gen to play. If you buy an XB1, you can only play games released on XB1 (inc the 360 and OG BC games) where as the Series S/X will play ALL these (many playing and/or looking better and loading faster) as well as all the future releases too so why limit yourself?
Hey anyone looking to get a Series X, would recommend following a Twitter bot that posts when it is for sale. I managed to get one within 2 weeks (and 5-8 'Sold Out' alerts)
I would definitely say no, Just save up to get the Series X, It's such a better experience or you could just get the Series S which is like the same price for a Xbox One..
I wanted the Series X but after a month of hunting, I'm done. I gave in and just ordered the One X (not too expensive). I had the PS4 but despise the uncomfortable Dualshock, and I just something about PS and I never clicked. I couldn't imagine playing 100+ hours of Mass Effect on that, and I want to go back through games I may have missed. If I eventually do get the Series X, I can sell the One X off or hand it down.
The BF got the One S, because he really wanted Banjo/RR, and he wants to give Mass Effect a shot after all my ravings about it. He didn't want the One X because it's black and too big, the Series S because it's digital only, and the Series X is too much and too big
I would say that maybe once the Series X/S consoles aren't impossible to find, then you're better off getting those. For now, I would just say to get an XBox One. You can find them for pretty cheap, and it has a great library while you wait for the scalpers to calm down and stop ruining everything.
I got my one X in November 2019. I obviously don't have the perspective of the newer consoles so I don't know what I'm missing.
I have really enjoyed my time with the Xbox One X and I am really glad I got it, I paid a fraction of the price I would have for a Series X a year later because I used various deals and vouchers to buy it. I've also enjoyed game pass ultimate which I bought 2 and a half years worth for £84.
The console runs a lot faster and smoother than my base PS4, maybe that's because of the better specs or the younger age of the console.
I wouldn't buy the One X full price and I wouldn't pay full price for game pass but for what little I have paid, I feel like it has been good value.
yes its still worth buying an X Box One S or X to play X Box One games.
But does it really matter as to which one? Youre still buying an X Box One console anyway to be able to play games.
I have Xbox consoles up the wazoo lol! Still have my original Xbox and a 2nd one modded with 50k games. I have 4 360’s but only have my Call of Duty 360 hooked up with a 320G hard drive and 2TB external external hard drive hooked up! That will stay hooked up with tons of 360 games that didn’t make the BC program...a shame. I have a 500G Forza 2 360 model brand new in the vault! I have a 2013 Xbox one launch model and a 2TB Xbox One S with a 6TB external drive hooked up! Both hooked up. And finally an Xbox Series X because yea I like having my physical game collection on display. 😁
I would say a One X is still worth having, but that's it.
I'd say if you can get a Series X|S, get that instead unless you care about Kinect or are fine playing next gen games via xCloud. Regarding native versions, the only on next gen journey begins with Flight Sim this summer and more games over time will be like this.
No. Get a Series S. It’s a substantial upgrade over the One S. It’s sleek, small and quiet.
The only con is the disc drive:
Some BackCompat games are not available digitally.
Your existing physical library is not playable.
But I think waiting for a Series X price drop is a better remedy to these issues than settling with soon to be decade old hardware.
I'd say save some money and get a Series X. The backwards compatibility is there and further improved on it. It also has more storage and a disc drive for games and BDs. It's the best console you could possibly have and the controller (same as Series S) is perfect.
Short answer: if you have fast internet and a wired connection, I think it's fine to get an Xbox One today thanks to Cloud Gaming. You can play most games, including Series X exclusives, on Game Pass though the cloud. The latency is non-existent but you will get screen refreshes here and there and from my experience, it will happen during cut-scenes. Not to mention that you'll be playing the Series X versions of the games through the cloud, which means you can experience benefits such as fast loading times.
I’m sitting on my xbone until the series x becomes widely available (as in I can walk into a store or casually go online). I don’t gave anything I can’t play that I want to and my backlog is about 100 games deep anyway. Gamepass makes that decision even easier.
Purchasing brand new I would say definately no but getting a second hand one with a stock of games cheaply or game pass yes for some people especially the more casual gamer or the gamer on a stricter budget it still would have lots of life left in it and provide plenty of excellent gaming
When I got my Series X I gave my Xbox One to my nephew with about 20 physical games he is really happy with it for now but his goal is to get the Series X when he can manage it and would not have purchased a one himself in preference of the cash going towards next gen
I'd say a hard no. Just get a series S.
The SSD is the true game changer so unless you're getting one for under $50 why would you waste money on very old tech compared to the current gen?
A lot of people talk ill of the Series S and I don’t see why? I have a Series S and it runs games like a dream! I was able to pick up a used 1tb expansion card at my local used game store (not GameOver, erm I mean Stop, lol) for $159 and have plenty of storage. If you have a used game store near you I urge you to go there first to get your expansion drives used instead of paying the ridiculous full MSRP.
@SecretAgentCat Having converted from PS5 to Xbox recently, I love my series S and will happily play it until the availability of the Series X increases.
Why bother it's not like it's hard to find a Series S anymore, I was just in Walmart and saw 20 there in their case.
This article is... weird. It certainly lives in a bubble, purely theorical at best. Most places sell the Xbox One consoles at MSRP at least, if used sure, they sell it for maybe 50USD less in some cases. Having one still has it's uses, but they're on their way out, the One S already has issues with some games and the One X has gotten expensive.
My 2013 Xbox One still working great. I use it occasionally when I don't have access to the main TV where my Series S is. The xcloud option is a dream, streaming Halo Infinite is a great feature to have on a 9 year old console.
If you'd ask me I'd say to just get a Series S.
Support the Series consoles if buying new. There should be plenty of One S/X on the used market. People purchasing new Xbox Ones will make this compromised crossgen period last even longer.
Most people should see big benefits from the Series consoles even if they are not playing cutting edge games. FPS boost games, stable frame rate on non FPS boost games and load times alone are worth the jump to a Series console
No the Xbox one runs so poorly and takes forever to do anything. The series s finally makes it not frustrating to actually play on an xbox
The S also has UHD Bluray support which the OG lacks.
@SecretAgentCat Personally I think Series S cut a few too many corners. 1/3 the GPU, no disc drive, no One X compatibility for backwards compatible games (if it had even a smidge more GPU and RAM, it probably could handle that) and 1/2 the storage.
In comparison, the Series X and both models of PS5 offer better value for money.
For a lot of the target audience, accessing the used games market and installing a game offline matters. And not getting locked out of their existing Xbox One disc collection.
On the developer side, it's an extra SDK to purchase, test and and optimize for. Some games which have 120fps and/or raytracing on SX lack those on the SS because it's not as scalable as simply turning down the max resolution like Microsoft has implied. Which means developers pushing the Series X to the limit might be forced to make some artistic changes for the Series S version, which neither the developer nor a consumer chasing the next gen experience want.
Also, at the price you paid for the expansion card, your total cost is not far off a Series X.
I have my xbox one still and have a series s until i get the series x
Series X is the best but the most difficult to find. For retro gaming, I'd suggest Xbox One S or Series S but they don't play the Xbox One X enhancements. In 2022, my suggestion is to try to find a Series X, it's the best console ever.
I'm using the wife's one for the backwards compatible games as my 360 is reaching the end.
Until I get a series x, this is doing nicely even if the wireless is gone so it has to be plugged into the router .
I only upgraded to the Xbox One from the 360 with the release of the One X. I`m not too bothered about saving an extra 20-30 seconds of load times or the instant resume feature. I`ll maybe upgrade at the point when games are no longer being produced for the One. Saying that, I don`t game a lot anyway and still have un-played games that I bought three years ago.
My Project Scorpio Edition One X suits me just fine, plus I have a new boxed Cyberpunk Edition as back up too.
No. Just get an Xbox Series S. It does everything a Xbox one does but better, aside from not having a disc drive.
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