Microsoft started its E3 2016 press briefing today by announcing a slim variant of its current-gen console, called Xbox One S.
Starting this August, the new console model will be available at all major retailers in three different configurations:
- $299: A 500 GB model that is comes in a 40 percent smaller “robot white” box, with support for 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays, 4K video and HDR video. It also comes with the redesigned Xbox One wireless controller, which that adds Bluetooth support, making it usable with Bluetooth-enabled Windows 10 PCs and tablets without any additional hardware.
- $349: A 1 TB configuration with all of the above.
- $399: A limited launch 2 TB model “available in select markets,” including all of the above.
Microsoft clarified that the new Xbox One wireless controller will be bundled with each of the three configurations, and will also be sold separately for $59.99.
Note that the existing Xbox One base model was already lowered to $299 as part of an official price-cut by Microsoft at the end of May. With the company also working on a more powerful console model, Xbox One S should be the new base model for the company at the same price tag.