Microsoft unveils Xbox One S

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The Xbox One just got a lot smaller. Announced today at E3 in Los Angeles, the new Xbox One S takes the original Xbox One, shrinks it down, and gives it a fresh coat of white paint (Microsoft calls it “robot white”).

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As indicated by a Sunday leak, Microsoft’s Xbox One S is 40% smaller than the original Xbox One, and does away with the console’s external power supply. It also adds support for 4K video (but not 4K gaming), and HDR gaming and video.

The console goes on sale in August. A 500GB model will go for $299, and a 2TB model for $349. The start price for the original Xbox One had been cut to $299 ahead of the One S launch.

Sony’s PlayStation 4, which has outsold the Xbox One since the consoles became available in November 2013, currently starts at $349. A PS4 capable of playing 4K games is due later this year.

The Xbox One S comes with a newly designed Xbox Wireless Controller featuring textured grip for enhanced comfort. The Xbox Wireless signal performance is now improved to give users a more reliable wireless connection to the console and up to twice the wireless range when used with Xbox One S. To enable easier wireless connection to your Windows 10 devices, Microsoft also added Bluetooth support. Bluetooth capabilities require Windows 10 devices running the Windows Anniversary Update.

The new thumbstick design significantly reduces wear to help maintain accuracy and smooth rotation over the life of the controller, so you never miss a beat. The new Xbox Wireless Controller is included with all Xbox One S consoles and will be available worldwide for individual purchase for $59.99 USD.

All Xbox One games, accessories and Xbox Live services will work with the new Xbox One S. With 500GB, 1TB and special launch edition 2TB options, you can choose the hard drive that’s right for you. The limited quantity 2TB launch edition Xbox One S will be available in select markets starting early August for $399 USD, with the 1TB Xbox One S for $349 USD and the 500GB Xbox One S for $299 USD arriving thereafter. The Xbox One Vertical Stand will also be available for standalone purchase for $19.99 USD.

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