For those of you interested in Microsoft’s highly anticipated slim line version of the Xbox One (the Xbox One S) we have some good news. Following the announcement, which stated the console would launch later in the year, Microsoft have announced that the console will launch on August 2nd, less than two weeks from today.
So, we think this would be a good time to re-introduce you to the console itself:
Just in case you missed it at Microsoft’s E3 2016 conference, the Xbox One S is a re-worked version of the current Xbox One console, featuring several improvements implemented following feedback from the fan-base.
The latter of which is of course the reduced size, the Xbox One S is 40% smaller than that of it’s bigger, bulkier Brother and has a built-in power supply. One of the USB ports and the pairing button have been moved around to the front of the console which now also features a IR Blaster also on the front of the console.
However, while aesthetically improved the Xbox One S also features improvements under the hood, including 4K Ultra HD video for streaming and Blu-ray playback. Making it the only console on the market capable of showing video in 4K while HDR will help to improve the consoles graphical capabilities when it comes to gaming, however it is important to note that the Xbox One S will be no more powerful than that of the Xbox One and will not show improvements to resolution and frame rate outputs. However you will be able to store more on your console thanks to an upgraded 2 TB hard drive.
Finally, the Xbox One S also comes bundled with a revamped controller which will also be available as a standalone product on August 2nd. This new controller has again undergone some aesthetically changes in the form of textured grip as well as Bluetooth support and an improved wireless signal.
The Xbox One S is available to pre-order from participating retailers and the Microsoft Store for $399 with deals available to those who wish to upgrade their old console to the newer model at selected retailers, GAME, in the United Kingdom for example. 1 TB and 500 GB models are also available.
[Source: Major Nelson].