As expected, Microsoft announced a new slimmer Xbox One S console, launching in August starting at $299 (US) for a 500GB model.
As leaked over the weekend, the new Xbox One S come bundled with a new “streamlined” controller, takes up 40% less space than the original Xbox One console, options for up to 2TB of internal storage, built in Ir blaster and support for 4K video playback through Netflix and Amazon Instant video and playback of Ultra HD Blu-Ray movies.
The console will be available in three capacities; 500GB, 1TB and 2TB, priced at $299, $349 and $399 respectively. While it’s a little disappointing to see the 500GB option remain, the choice of 2TB is very welcome. Currently no price has been set for the UK and rest of Europe, although we imagine £279 for the 500GB console is expected. It has not been confirmed whether the Xbox One S will be available in any colours other than white.
The new console will be capable of being lay horizontally or stood vertically, although the stand will be sold separately from the console. The new included controller now has increased wireless range and now includes Bluetooth, allowing you to connect your Xbox One controller to your Windows 10 PCs, tablets and mobile phones.
The built in Ir Blaster also allows your Xbox One S console to control your TV and home cinema system without the need for a Kinect sensor. As well as a built in Ir Blaster, the new Xbox One S will also support HDR, or High Dynamic Range, giving compatible games and movies a ricer and more vibrant range of colours and contrast. The first two games to support HDR will be Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizons 3, with many more to follow.