Microsoft has announced a release date for their new improved Xbox One console, the Xbox One S. It was revealed that Microsoft was working on a more compact and updated version of their latest generation of consoles a month ago during E3. Now the new console is nearly ready for delivery with a release date of August 2nd.
The Xbox One S is 40% smaller than the Xbox One with a built in power supply offering a more compact version of the console. One of the three USB ports has been shifted to the front of the device along with the pairing button to be more accessible. An IR blaster has been added to the console and is also located at the front.
If you’ve pre-ordered the Xbox One S it should be arriving on August 2nd. If you haven't and would like to pre-order the new console it’s still available from Microsoft and other retailers but in limited supply. If you want one by August 2nd then you should order yours soon.
The Xbox One S has a sleek new design. It will allow owners to play Blu-rays and stream video in 4K Ultra HD with HDR. The console will also come with a new Xbox Wireless Controller with textured grip, improved wireless signal, and Bluetooth support.
The new controller will come bundled with the Xbox One S but can also be purchased on its own for $59.99 starting August 2nd. The new console will only be available in certain regions including: 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 United States at launch. Later in the year, the Xbox One S is planned to be available in other countries as well.
A 1TB option will be available for $349 and a 500GB version will cost $299. These different hard drive options will not be available at launch but information on their availability will be provided by Microsoft soon. The 2TB launch edition of the console costs $399 and is available in limited quantities.
So who's getting an Xbox One S? Let us know what you think of this smaller version of the console in the comments below!