A new Xbox One model will be launching this summer featuring a slimmer look with improved gaming and media support.
The Xbox One is getting a hardware revision, Microsoft revealed at its E3 conference in Los Angeles, California on Monday.
The new console called the “Xbox One S” is 40 percent smaller, has a new white design, an internal power supply, a new controller, is a 4K video player, features support for high-dynamic range gaming and up to 2TB in storage.
The system will launch this August with three different versions based on its storage, starting for $299.99. The 2TB console will cost $399.99, the 1TB version will cost $349.99 and the 500GB system will retail for $299.99. The 2TB version will have a limited quantity compared to the other two models.
The S console comes in a white colored design compared to the current standard black model. The power supply is now built into the system instead of being an external extension like the current Xbox One. The system can be stood up and played vertically using a stand. There’s also a new built-in IR blaster. A USB port and controller-pairing button has been moved to the front of the console.
Xbox One S will support HDR gameplay for improved graphics in certain games through sharper contrast between dark and light colors. The console will also be an ultra high-definition Blu-ray player. The S console can play 4K Blu-ray movies and streaming content through services like Amazon and Netflix.
The new controller comes with all the new S consoles. It features a different design with new texture grips and upgraded thumbsticks that are supposed to reduce wear and improve accuracy when playing over time. The controller has increased wireless support with double the range. The controller also features new Bluetooth support to connect to Windows 10 devices. The new S controller will also be sold separately for $59.99.
All Xbox One games will still work on this new S console. There won’t be increased performance for games playing on the S model over the original Xbox One.
[Update 6/14: The Xbox One S does in fact have a new slight boost in CPU and GPU power inside the console for HDR-enabled games like Gears of War 4 that will give them better performance over the original hardware in areas like frame-rate and resolution, according to the Gears 4 director and The Verge.
Update 6/15: Microsoft denied that the Xbox One S will give games a performance increase. While the console does have slightly more processing power for 4K media, there won’t be a boost to the games side. Albert Penello and Phil Spencer told Eurogamer that the new console will play games identical to the standard Xbox One with no performance increase. However there will be an improvement in visuals because of the console’s HDR capabilities for supported games and connected televisions.]
The Xbox One S removes the dedicated Kinect port in the back of the console. Instead players can continue to use the device by plugging it through a separate Kinect USB Adapter. The vertical stand will be also sold for $19.99.
Hardware wise the S console is still the same Xbox One that launched in November 2013. Unlike the new PlayStation 4 revision Sony officially confirmed last Friday, this new Xbox One has the same power. Microsoft did reveal its version of a much more powerful Xbox One called Project Scorpio to end its E3 conference that will be sold alongside the Xbox One and Xbox One S consoles during holiday 2017.
Check out how the Xbox One S looks in this video: