At E3 this year, Microsoft confirmed they were working on two new versions of the Xbox One — the slimmed down, cheaper Xbox One S and the more powerful Project Scorpio, which promises to enable gaming at 4k resolution. While the latter is still far off, Microsoft had a finished version of the Xbox One S at E3, and has already kicked off preorders. Now we know when those preorders are going to arrive — August 2.
The Xbox One S is not exactly a new console. It has similar specs and capabilities as the original Xbox One, so it shouldn’t perform any better or worse in terms of gaming. The main advantage is that it will take up less space on the TV stand, which is pretty nice — like usual for Microsoft’s line of consoles, the original Xbox One was pretty hefty. The Xbox One S does have one performance advantage over the original, though — it’ll be capable of 4k resolution video playback with HDR.
For now, Microsoft is only releasing the 2 TB version of the console, which can be preordered for $400 and comes with the redesigned Xbox One controller with new textured grips. The 1 TB and 500 GB versions of the console are both available for preorder for $350 and $300, respectively, but Microsoft has not confirmed a release date for either.
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