After several image leaks of the upcoming Xbox One S, Microsoft officially unveiled the all new slimmer and upgraded version of Xbox One at its E3 press conference in Los Angeles.
Microsoft also confirmed the release date of the new Xbox One Slim revealing on its?Xbox Wire blog?that it launches starting this August for $299.?As usual the pricing will be based on the hard-drive size and a special, limited edition launch edition of the Xbox One S will be available in early August with a 2TB hard drive for $399. ?Two standard versions will be available soon after: a 500GB edition for $299, and 1TB for $349. You can now?pre-order the Xbox One S starting today at Microsoft Online Store or nearby retail store.
The new Xbox One S is smaller than the original Xbox One with a striking new design featuring a fresh coat of white paint referred to as ?robot white? outlining the console, reports?The Verge.?The device is 40 percent smaller than the original Xbox One, according to Microsoft, as it does away with the frustratingly bulky power supply that the Xbox line is known for. In addition?unlike the original Xbox One, the new console can be displayed any way you prefer, vertically or horizontally as it comes with a vertical stand. The Xbox One S’s vertical stand will be available for $20.
But of course, the highlight feature of the Xbox One is the 4K Ultra HD resolution support along with 4K Ultra HD Blu Ray and HDR capabilities for both gaming and video. It doesn?t necessarily mean that you will be able to play high-res video games but, however, it will give to plenty of options to watch the 4K video content. That means with Xbox One S subscribers of Netflix and Amazon could watch the high quality movies and television.
In addition, a newly redesigned controller Xbox One controller featuring the same white color pattern of Xbox One S will be launched too. It as well comes with new textured grips on the back in the addition to Bluetooth, which both adds more wireless range and means you can use the controller wirelessly with a Windows PC.?The new Xbox Wireless Controller will too be available starting August for $59.99.
Other minor changes include one of the console?s USB ports has been moved to front for easy access along with the controller pairing button and there?s a new built-in IR blaster.
However, the Xbox One S doesn?t include a dedicated Kinect sensor port but you in case you want to hook up a Kinect for voice controls you?ll need a separate USB adaptor. But Microsoft added that there will be a program to offer the adaptors for free to existing Xbox One owners who decide to upgrade.
Here?s all Xbox One S Pricing details:
500GB Xbox One S is $299 USD/ ?249 GBP / ?299 EUR,
1TB Xbox One S is $349 USD / ?299 GBP / ?349 EUR
Limited launch edition 2TB Xbox One S will be available in select markets for $399 USD / ?349 GBP / ?399 EUR.