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Xbox One S release date confirmed

Microsoft confirm the Xbox One S will go on sale from 2nd August, 2016.

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Xbox One S release date

Microsoft confirm the Xbox One S will go on sale from 2nd August, 2016.

As far as hardware announcements go you have to feel sorry for the little Xbox One S. At any other E3 it would have been the star of the show. The introduction of a sleek new model designed to kick off the Xbox One’s big fight back. In many ways it evoked how the PS3 slim paved the way for an upturn in the fortunes of Sony’s last generation console.

Unfortunately, its moment in the spotlight lasted all of 45 minutes. The announcement of Project Scorpio – ‘the most powerful console ever built’ – at the end of Microsoft’s E3 Media Briefing completely stole its thunder.

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However, later that week we got to see the Xbox One S up close and personal, and we came away impressed. It’s a beautiful little machine that instantly makes the legacy Xbox One a redundant tombstone fit only to mark the graves of buried Kinect cameras.

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The revised console comes with a host of improvements. For one thing its 40% smaller than the original Xbox One and includes a built-in power supply. It also features a USB on the front of the console and an IR blaster for increased device accessibility.

The Xbox One S is also the first console that will display Blu-ray movies and video streams in 4K Ultra HD with High Dynamic Range (HDR). Forthcoming Xbox One games including Gears of War 4Forza Horizon 3, and Scalebound will take advantage of the HDR feature bringing a higher contrast ratio and adding visual depth.

The console also comes bundled with the new Xbox Wireless Controller which features a textured grip and Bluetooth support.

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And it comes in Wii white, too.

The 2TB launch edition Xbox One S will be available for $399/£349 on 2nd August in North America, Europe and Australia. It will be followed by 1TB and 500GB versions at a later date.

Now if only they could do something about that broken dashboard.


Pre-order the Xbox One S on Amazon. 

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