Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One S will launching in retail locations on August 2, 2016. The model releasing on that date will be the 2TB Xbox One launch edition in white, which will cost $399. Xbox One S models with 1TB and 500GB of space will cost $349 and $299 respectively. Those models will get release dates soon.
The new Xbox One S is 40 percent smaller than the original Xbox One and the power supply is now built into the system itself. There's a new IR blaster for remote use and one of the side USB ports has been moved to the front of the system. More importantly, the Xbox One S is one of the cheapest methods to play Blu-Ray films and streaming videos in 4K Ultra HD with High Dynamic Range (HDR). If you happen to have a 4K TV set already, this is a big plus for the new model. HDR support will also be available for certain Xbox One games, including Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, and Scalebound.
Alongside the new console comes the slightly redesigned Xbox One controller, featuring the new textured grip on the back. The new controller also features added Bluetooth support and will cost $59.99 as a standalone purchase.
Unfortunately, outside of the special Gears of War 4 Limited Edition bundle, the Xbox One S will only come in white. There is currently no black model of the system, though Microsoft is open to listening to fans.
"I love that white design! I think it looks awesome. As I told somebody earlier today, we're always listening, things like user feedback – the community speaks to us, and we'll try and respond," Xbox Product Services General Manager Dave McCarthy told Windows Central.
The next Xbox One system, code-named Project Scorpio, won't be launching until next year.