Xbox One S was announced by Microsoft during its E3 2016 presentation as the new member to the Xbox family. This week saw the company confirm that the 2TB model of the slim edition will begin hitting shelves on August 2.
That being said, Microsoft has stated that the console will, for now, be available in “select regions” only. Additionally, the company has cautioned consumers against a high demand for the console. Those who have already placed pre-orders are guaranteed to receive their console on the aforementioned date. For others, there’s a likelihood of the limited stock selling out. Hence, interested individuals should place in early pre-orders as soon as possible through the Microsoft Store or select retailers.
Xbox One S is going to be available in three different versions:
- $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.
Each configuration will come bundled with the new Xbox Wireless Controller featuring a new textured grip, improved Xbox Wireless signal and added Bluetooth support. The controller will also be available for a standalone purchase for $59.99 in August.
Xbox One S features a compact design that makes it 40 percent smaller than the original Xbox One model. It comes with a built-in power supply, and a USB port in the front of the console. The model also allows owners to watch Blu-ray movies and stream video in 4K Ultra HD with High Dynamic Range (HDR).