Microsoft Confirms Release Date for Xbox One S

Xbox One S, the streamlined successor to the Xbox One, will launch in the U.S., Europe and the UK on August 2, Microsoft has announced today.

In a post on the Xbox Wire, Xbox Devices Marketing manager Matt Lapsen revealed that it would be the 2TB version of the Xbox One S that launches first, which will be retailing at $399.

Following on from the 2TB console’s release, the 1TB and 500GB versions, priced at $349 and $299 respectively, will be making their way to the market at a later date.

According to Lapsen, Microsoft will be sharing further details and release dates for the lower-tier models of Xbox One S soon.

Xbox One S is said to be forty percent smaller than the Xbox One, has a built-in power supply, comes with a new Xbox controller and also features some minor alterations compared with its predecessor, including one of the three USB ports and the pairing button being moved to the front of the console and a new IR blaster for increased accessibility.

Xbox One S also has the power to stream videos and movies in 4K, along with HDR support for upping the visuals in upcoming Xbox One titles like Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3 and Scalebound.

Microsoft officially unveiled the Xbox One S during its 2016 E3 press conference, though the console’s reveal was leaked prior to the media briefing.

The console was announced along with Project Scorpio, the successor to the Xbox One and what Microsoft is calling the “most powerful console ever.”

Last week, Microsoft revealed that the highly anticipated Gears of War 4 would receive it own Xbox One S-themed console.