Today (July 18), Microsoft have revealed that the 2TB Xbox One S will be launching and hitting shelves on August 2, with all pre-orders promised to arrive on the day.

Credit: Microsoft

Credit: Microsoft

Described as "the most compact Xbox yet", the new Xbox One S is 40% smaller than the original Xbox One, including a built-in power supply.

One of the three USB ports and the pairing button have also been moved to the front of the console alongside the new IR blaster, which is "for increased accessibility."

Microsoft says: "Beyond the fresh new design, Xbox One S is the first and only console that allows you to watch Blu-ray movies and stream video in stunning 4K Ultra HD with High Dynamic Range (HDR). You'll get to enjoy your favourite shows and movies in the clearest, most realistic video possible. With HDR support for video and gaming, Xbox One games like Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, and Scalebound will look even better thanks to a higher contrast ratio between lights and darks, bringing out the true visual depth of your favourite games."

The console also comes bundled with the new Xbox Wireless Controller, which features textured grip, improved Xbox Wireless signal and added Bluetooth support, the latter of which requires Windows 10 devices running the Windows Anniversary Update.

Additional hard drive options come in the form of consoles with 1TB and 500GB hard drives, for £299.99 and £249.99 respectively. The 2TB console is priced at £349.99.


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