Microsoft announces the Xbox One S


Microsoft has been rumored to be working on a new Xbox for a while now. Today, at its E3 keynote, the company has unveiled a new Xbox: the Xbox One S. At the event, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer announced that the Xbox One S is 40% smaller than the current Xbox One. Additionally, Microsoft has also announced that the Xbox One S will come with a 2TB hard drive. More importantly, the device will support 4K….for video playback – of course, you can’t play 4K games on the Xbox One just yet, but 4K Ultra HD video is also quite huge.

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In addition to 4K Ultra HD video playback, Microsoft is also adding HDR (High Dynamic Range) with the Xbox One S – which, again, is pretty awesome. This isn’t all — the Xbox One S includes a vertical stand, which is a much-needed addition. In case you are wondering — yes, Microsoft has also updated the controller for the Xbox One, and it now offers a more “streamlined” experience.

Introducing the new Xbox One S. Play the greatest games lineup, including Xbox 360 classics, on a 40% smaller console. Experience richer, more luminous colors in games and video with High Dynamic Range technology. Stream 4K video on Netflix and Amazon Video, and watch UHD Blu-ray™ movies in stunning 4K Ultra HD. Includes the newly streamlined Xbox Wireless Controller.

Pre-orders for the Xbox One S will be live sometime very soon. Microsoft will sell a special edition that includes a 2TB hard drive for $399, while the 500GB edition will be available for $299 and the 1TB variant will be available for $349 in August.