Xbox One S Release Date Set For August 2, 2016

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At E3 last month, Microsoft officially announced that two new versions of its Xbox One console were on the way, one a little smaller and one a little more powerful; now, it has been revealed that the forthcoming petite version, the Xbox One S, will be released on August 2.

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The console is 40 percent smaller than the original Xbox One, and includes a built-in power supply and is the first and only console that allows you to watch Blu-ray movies and stream video in 4K Ultra HD with High Dynamic Range (HDR). With HDR support for video and gaming, Xbox One games like Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, and Scalebound will look even better thanks to a higher contrast ratio between lights and darks, bringing out the true visual depth of your favorite games.

Xbox One S also comes bundled with the new Xbox Wireless Controller featuring textured grip, improved Xbox Wireless signal and added Bluetooth support (requires Windows 10 running the Windows Anniversary Update). The controller can be purchased as a standalone item for $59.99 USD and will also be available on August 2. All Xbox One games, accessories and Xbox Live services will work with Xbox One S.

Two versions of the console will be released with options including a 1TB hard drive for $349 and a 500GB hard drive for $299 USD.

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