Microsoft has announced its next-generation Xbox One console, just got a lot smaller. Dubbed Xbox One S, the latest gaming controller from the Redmond-based software maker sports a refreshed design and is 40-percent smaller than the original Xbox yet.
Announced at E3 in Los Angles, the Xbox One S takes the original Xbox One, shrinks it down, and gives it a fresh coat of white paint, which Microsoft itself calls it “robot white”. According to the company, unlike the original Xbox One, the new console also gives you some choice on how to display it, thanks to an optional vertical stand. It comes with a built-in power supply, which can be placed horizontally or vertically with the optional stand offering.
Here’s everything you need to know about Microsoft’s 2016 Xbox One S.
While the latest Xbox One S console supports 4K content streaming, Microsoft has partnered with videos from partners like Netflix and Amazon Video. It also offers High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for video and gaming on Xbox One S for richer and more luminous colors in games.
Outside of the new visual design, the Xbox One S also includes a few other enhancements when compared to its predecessor. Most probably, there’s 4K Ultra HD video support (including 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray) and HDR capabilities for both gaming and video streaming. There are three USB ports and the pairing button to the front of the Xbox One S, one of which ports has been moved to the front for easy access, along with the controller pairing button, and of course, there’s a new built-in IR blaster.
The dedicated Kinect port has been removed from the back of the new Xbox One S gadget, and the Kinect for Xbox One will still compatible with Xbox One S via the Xbox Kinect Adapter for USB connection and offers the same experience as the currently available console. The Xbox One S comes equipped with a newly designed Xbox Wireless Controller that features a textured grip for enhanced comfort. As per Microsoft, it has improved the Xbox Wireless signal performance to offer a more reliable wireless connection experience into the console and up to twice the wireless range when used with Xbox On S.
The Xbox One S also comes with a slightly upgraded version of the Xbox One controller. With the addition of Bluetooth, which both adds more wireless range and means you can use the controller wirelessly with a Windows PC. However, it’s a small upgrade, but nevertheless, very welcome. The controller features a new thumbstick design to help maintain accuracy and smooth rotation over the life of the controller.
Price And Release Date
The Xbox One S comes in 500GB, 1TB and special launch edition 2TB options. The Xbox One S will be available in select markets starting early August for $399, with the 1TB Xbox One S for $349 and the 500GB Xbox One S for $299 landing later on.
For the new Xbox Wireless Controller which includes all new Xbox One S console, will be available globally for individual purchase at $59.99 USD. The Xbox One Vertical Stand will go on sale for standalone buyout for $19.99. All Xbox One games, accessories and Xbox Live services will work with the new Microsoft’s Xbox One S starts at $299.
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