August 2nd Marks the Arrival of Xbox One S

Get One on 8/2.

It feels like only yesterday that Microsoft revealed the Xbox One S at their E3 2016 briefing (when it was really just over a month ago), but the time of its arrival is already nearly upon us. “In August” now means that on August 2nd, 2016, the Xbox One S will be the way for newcomers to experience the console, or for those who have been there a bit longer to upgrade.

Three versions will be available at launch: You’ll find the 2TB launch edition for $499.99, though the quantities will be limited. 1TB and 500GB will be more readily available, and respectively retail for $449.99 and $399.99.

It’s not just a hard drive you’re investing in, however. The new device is “the most compact Xbox yet,” measuring at 40 percent smaller than the original Xbox One, and that’s with the power supply built in. Other changes include shifting one of the three USB ports as well as the pairing button to the front of the console, where they’ll join the newly-added IR blaster, which allows you to make other devices such as televisions, audio/video receivers, or cable/satellite receivers more accessible. Plus, you can also view Blu-ray and streaming video in 4K Ultra HD with High Dynamic Range (HDR).

Also included in the box is the new Xbox Wireless Controller. This version has a textured grip, improved wireless signal, and added Bluetooth support, and is also sold separately for $74.99. All of the old accessories, games, and services will still work with the new console as well. Hm, think the new Xbox Design Lab will work for this version?

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David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you're interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.