Today, the Xbox One S gets an official release date of August 2nd.
Even though this was announce last month at E3 2016, here is some quick bullet point facts to remind us what the Xbox One S is all about:
- 40 percent smaller console
- Internal power supply
- 4K Ultra HD support for Blu-ray movies and Netflix, Amazon Video, VUDU, etc.
- High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for video and gaming
So there you have it, it is essentially an expected slimmer console with new 4K video support, and also HDR support for both video and gaming. It is very similar, in my opinion to when the Xbox 360 had an updated console with HDMI support. There isn’t anything super great, but it is still the best and most optimized Xbox One console available, and if you have the proper TV, the visuals should look even better. From the E3 2016 Microsoft press release: HDR support “delivers richer, more luminous colors in games like Gears of War 4.”
As for the pricing:
- 500GB Xbox One S is $299/249 pounds/299 euros
- 1TB Xbox One S is $349/299 pounds/349 euros
- Limited launch edition 2TB Xbox One S will be available in select markets for $399/349 pounds/399 euros
All available for pre-order: MicrosoftStore.com
This is a sure buy for anyone who’s been holding off buying an Xbox One. And since the Xbox One had no business being as big as it is, the Xbox One S is very attractive in terms of size appeal, and with the new features it’s a win-win.
And let’s certainly not forget about the Gears of War 4 Limited Edition Xbox One S console (2TB) coming in October for $449: Xbox.com
Yes please, I’ll take this one!
Just in case you missed it last month, check out the Xbox One S unveiling video: