New Xbox One S Unveiled

Xbox One S

The new slimmer console arrives in August.

By Tony Antunovich @tonyantunovich

Today at the Xbox media briefing at E3 2016, Microsoft unveiled the brand new Xbox One S console.

At approximately 40 percent of the size of the original Xbox One, the Xbox One S features a slick new design covered in a "robot white" finish, and can be set horizontally or vertically with an optional stand. It also comes with a built-in power supply.

To make things a little more accessible, one of the three USB ports is now situated on the front left side, along with the newly added IR Blaster on the right. Microsoft has also done away with the Kinect port in the back. However, Kinect will still be compatible with the Xbox One S by using the Xbox Kinect USB Adapter.

The Xbox One S plays Blu-ray discs and has the capability of streaming video in beautiful 4K Ultra HD resolution, so you'll be able to watch content from Netflix and Amazon Video. On the gameplay side, Xbox One S boasts support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) for games (and video too), so your gaming experience will be even more visually stunning.

Customers can choose from three editions, available in early August. The 500GB editions starts at $299 USD, with the 1TB priced at $349 USD and the 2TB edition -- available only in limited quantities -- at $399 USD. The standalone Xbox One Vertical Stand will also be available for $19.99 USD.

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