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Moving from the original Xbox One console to the Xbox One S

Besides the smaller size and the addition of 4K/HDR capabilities, here are some features you'll find when you upgrade from the original Xbox One console to the Xbox One S.

Vertical orientation

The original Xbox One was designed for only horizontal positioning. The Xbox One S supports vertical orientation as well as horizontal.

If you plan to position your Xbox One S vertically, you'll need a stand. Not every console bundle comes with a stand, so you may need to purchase it separately. See Using the vertical stand for the Xbox One S console for details.

Accessories compatibility

Except for the vertical stand for the Xbox One S, all Xbox One accessories work with both the original Xbox One and Xbox One S consoles.

If you're using Kinect

  • If you plan to use your Kinect sensor with your Xbox One S, you'll need a Kinect Adapter. For a limited time, this adapter is free to customers upgrading from the original Xbox One. For details, see How to use an Xbox One Kinect Sensor with an Xbox One S console.
  • If you're using the Kinect IR capabilities to control your devices like your TV or AVR, note that IR blasting is now built into the front of the Xbox One S console. This is important to note in case you put your console in a cabinet, which may interfere with IR signals.

Where are all my games and apps?

Your games and app licenses travel with your profile, but you'll need to download any games you've purchased digitally to your new console. Go to My Games & apps and select the content you want to download to your new console.

All your existing original Xbox One disc-based games are also fully compatible with Xbox One S.

Select Xbox 360 games will also play on the original Xbox One and Xbox One S consoles. For more information, see Playing Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One.

How do I get 4K and HDR content?

If you're using a supported UHD TV, you can now take advantage of 4K and HDR supported content or 4K UHD Blu-ray movies. If you connect to a supported TV, your Xbox One S console should automatically recognize the signal and prompt you to update your display settings. For more information, including setup details, see Troubleshooting 4K and HDR on Xbox One.

New wireless networking protocol

In addition to wireless protocols 802.11 a/b/g/n dual band, the Xbox One S adds 802.11ac to its list of supported network protocols. If you have a wireless ac router, you can use that network to connect your Xbox One S to Xbox Live.

Accessory pairing button

When you're ready to connect wireless controllers to the Xbox One S console, you'll find that the button on the controller hasn't changed, but the button on the console has moved from the side of the console to the front below the power button. For more information, see Connect a wireless Xbox One controller to your console.

Using Bluetooth on the new Xbox One wireless controller

The new Xbox One wireless controller includes an additional Bluetooth radio to connect directly to a Windows 10 PC. The controller uses its other proprietary wireless radio to connect to your console. For more information on using Bluetooth on a Windows 10 PC, see Using Xbox One Wireless Controllers on a PC.

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