Announced at E3, Microsoft is set to launch the 2TB Xbox One S console on the 2nd August 2016 for £350.
The Xbox One S offers a more slimline Xbox One in a sleek “robot white” shell. The revised console is set to be 40% smaller than the original Xbox One, while also dropping the external power brick that came with the original. On top of being smaller, the Xbox One S will add support for HDR visuals in both movies and games and full 4K support for Blu-Rays and movie apps. There will also be support for upscaling 1080p games to 4K, likely providing a better experience than having your TV upscale the signal natively.
The Xbox One S will also come packaged with a redesigned Xbox Wireless Controller. The new controller features a textured grip, similar to the Xbox One elite controller, for a better overall feel. Added bluetooth support will also give you wireless compatibility with Windows 10 PCs if you have a Bluetooth dongle. Other refinements include a physical “on” button (instead of a touch sensitive one) and an IR blaster to interact with IR-driven devices (like your TV) without having to reach for the remote.
It’s important to note that the Xbox One S will not provide any more power to game developers. This means that all current and future Xbox One games will work on both devices. Another interesting note is that the Xbox One S will drop the Kinect-specific port on the back. In order to use your Kinect, you will require an additional adapter – presumably sold separately.
While the 2TB model launches on 2nd August 2016, the 1TB and 500GB models will be released later. You can find prices for the different models below…
2TB – £350
1TB – £300
500GB – £250
You can read the full announcement on Major Nelson’s Blog.
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