Microsoft has today announced the release date of their recently announced Xbox One console, the Xbox One S.
Announced at E3 2016, the Xbox One S is a much slimmer and slightly powerful console that’s expected to natively support 4K visuals, among other things. The console itself is 40% smaller than the original Xbox One and offers a built-in power supply meaning you’ll no longer have to make room for the chunky power brick.
The overall design has changed slightly too with one of the three USB ports and pairing button being moved to the front of the device, as well as having a newly added IR blaster for increased accessibility. It’ll also be able to play Blu-ray movies and stream video in 4K Ultra HD with HDR – though in order to actually benefit from this upgrade, you’ll need a 4K TV.
Finally, the new console will come bundled with the brand new Xbox One controller which comes with much better grip, an improved wireless signal, and Bluetooth support. The controller itself will be launching standalone on August 2 as well.
The Xbox One S Launch Edition, which offers a 2TB HDD, can be pre-ordered now for £349.99, with pre-orders expected to be shipped by August 2. Players can also purchase a 1TB edition for £299.99, and a 500GB edition for £249.99, though details on when these console variants will be available has not yet been announced.