During the Xbox E3 Briefing event, Microsoft officially announced the slim version of Xbox One, and while the console won’t be available until August 2nd, you can now pre-order the “Xbox One S” from Amazon and the Microsoft Store.
The new console is 40 percent smaller than the current model with a new sleek compact design and “robot white” color. It also comes in three models with different storage capacity at different price points. You can pre-order the Xbox One S with a 2TB hard drive, which is the most expensive model, costing $399. Then there is the 1TB model priced at $349, and the 500GB storage capacity goes for $299.
Xbox One S tech specs
As for tech specs, the new console includes support for 4K Ultra HD video playback support for Blu-ray movies, and 4K support for video streaming on services such as Netflix and Amazon Video.
There is also support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) for video and gaming, which means that you can now experience higher contrast ratio between lights and darks, HDR brings out the true visual depth of your games and media content.
Xbox One S sports three USB ports instead of one, the pairing button is now located in the front along with a new IR blaster, and now the console also comes with stand to set the console vertically.
One new shift is Microsoft removing the Kinect port from the back of the console. However, you’ll still be able to connect the camera sensor using the Kinect Adapter for USB connection.
If you already own a Kinect and you’re planning to purchase a new Xbox One S, Microsoft is also making available the Xbox Kinect Adapter for free.
New Xbox One S standard wireless controller
Xbox One S available for pre-order at Amazon and Microsoft Store also comes with the new Xbox Wireless Controller that sports textured grip for better comfort, improved wireless signal to make it more reliable, and better range when used with the new Xbox One S.
The new Xbox Wireless controller is also compatible with Windows 10 devices, and it’s easier than ever to connect the controller with your PC thanks to new built-in Bluetooth support.
The new Xbox One controller comes included with the Xbox One S, but you can also buy the new controller for $60, as it’s compatible with the current console.
Alongside the new standard controller, Microsoft has also introduced the Xbox Design Lab to let you design personalize and build your own Xbox One Wireless Controller with over 8 million possible color combinations. You can design your controller now for $80 at the XboxDesignLab.Xbox.com, and for $10 more you can also add laser engraving with a custom message.