Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One S at the E3 conference last month. Back then, it promised that the gaming console will go on sale this summer and according to the latest news, the console will be available for purchase as from August 2.
This is great news for those of you who have been waiting to get their hands on this small console, which is actually 40% smaller than the original Xbox One. Despite the reduction in size, the device packs more power and it can now be used when standing vertically on its side or when flat.
Fans of the Kinect port of the Xbox One will be disappointed in the fact that the new Xbox One S drops this feature. The good side of the story is that the console will still offer support for Kinect, but this will work through an Xbox Kinect Adapter.
Gamers will also love the fact that Xbox One S comes in as the first console to support Blu-ray movies. It is also possible to stream 4K Ultra HD videos with HDR, something that ensures you get the best color performance as well as a higher contrast ratio. When you buy a new Xbox One S, you will also come across a Wireless Controller that comes with a textured grip, support for Bluetooth connectivity as well as Xbox Wireless signal. This controller costs $59.99 on its own and it will be sold alongside the console as from August 2.
The good side of the story is that you can move everything you have on the current Xbox One to the new console without experiencing any incompatibility issues. This means that the 2TB edition of the Xbox One S will be able to accommodate your current content as well as leave room for more, but at a cost of $399. The gaming console will be available in the U.S., the UK, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and a bunch of other European countries as from August 2. For those in the UK, Xbox One S will set you back £349 whereas the rest of Europe will have to settle for a price tag of €399.
If the 2TB variant is a bit costly for you, the Xbox One S also comes with 1TB and 500GB storage options that also cost a bit cheaper at $349 and $299 respectively. These two will cost £299/€349 and £249/€299 in the UK and Europe, respectively. However, unlike the 2TB version, the official release date of these two has not been confirmed yet, but details should be here sooner than later.