Xbox One S announced, 40% smaller than Xbox One
Microsoft has announced the Xbox One S, a redesigned version of the Xbox One console that is said to be 40% smaller than the original.
The Xbox One S contains mostly the same hardware as the larger model, but packs it into a much smaller space. The new console also manages to fit the power brick inside the case, removing the need for the bulky external power supply.
Included in the package is a stand which lets users choose whether to keep their Xbox One S horizontal, or to put it vertically.
While the One S doesn't pack anymore power than the original model, some technical improvements have been made.
First up, there's 4K Ultra HD video support, which includes 4K Bluray playback functionality. HDR capabilities are also included and work for both games and video.
The I/O ports have had a reshuffle. One of the USB ports has been moved to the front, and the dedicated Kinect port has been removed, which means you'll need a USB adapter if you want to hook up a Kinect sensor.
Microsoft's Phil Spencer said of the new device “The Xbox One S for us was a realisation that first, we want to make a smaller Xbox, but there was also some capability that we saw growing out in the market around HDR and 4K video, so we said, if we're going to do an upgrade to our console, let's go ahead and embrace some of the technologies that are coming and make those part of our core SKU”.
The Xbox One S will be available in early August, and will come in three versions.
A special, limited edition launch console will come with a 2TB hard drive and retail for $399. Two standard versions will follow, with 500GB and 1TB of storage, available for $299 and $349 respectively.