Microsoft has finally announced the release date of its new slimmer Xbox One S that was unveiled earlier at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The Xbox One S will be available starting August 2 as announced by Matt Lapsen, general manager for Xbox Devices Marketing, in a blog post on Monday.
But despite the release date announcement, gamers looking to grab the newly designed version of Microsoft?s console are highly disappointed as only the high-end version will be available for purchase. Microsoft will only be selling the 2TB version of the updated console when it launches in about two weeks time from now. In comparison to the $399-priced 2TB version, the smaller capacity Xbox consoles are priced more reasonably with 1TB at $349 and 500GB at $299.
Fans who had hoped to grab the cheaper consoles may have to wait longer. The Xbox One S with 1TB and 500GB storage on its internal hard drive are expected to be released later this year yet. However, Microsoft has promised to provide updates regarding the release date of the two by next week.
Xbox One S features
Besides promising a new modern design, the new console is also 40 percent smaller than the original Xbox One, and includes a built-in power supply. The highlight feature is of course the support for Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD with HDR. This means Xbox One S transforms your console into a full entertainment system as you can now watch Blu-ray movies as well as stream video in UHD.
With a High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for video and gaming, Xbox One games like Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3 and Scalebound will be displayed even more realistically thanks to vibrant colors and darker blacks. Both the 4K and the HDR will only benefit people who have compatible 4K TVs.
In addition, the Xbox One S will also come bundled with the new Xbox Wireless Controller featuring a textured grip, improved Xbox Wireless signal and added Bluetooth support. The standalone controller priced at USD$59.99 will ship free with the console.
The Xbox One S will initially arrive in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK and the U.S. Other regions will get dibs on the new console later this year.
Included in the box are:
- Xbox One S console
- 2TB hard drive (internal)
- Xbox Wireless Controller with a 3.5mm headset jack
- Console stand (for vertical orientation)
- HDMI cable
- AC power cable
- 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial