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Microsoft Xbox One S Now Supports Amazon Prime Video in 4K and This is Why

by on May 19, 2017
 

Stephan Jukic – May 19, 2017

Microsoft has made the announcement that the new Xbox One S console which was released in late 2016 will now support 4K UHD video sources (presumably also with HDR) from the Amazon Prime Instant Video app.

Users who download the Amazon app through their Xbox One S console will be free to access (depending on where in the world they live) streaming 4K movies and other programming including Amazon Original Series shows like “Bosch”, “Sneaky Pete”, and “Man in the High Castle”, the Nazi alternate history sci fi drama.

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With this inclusion of Amazon Prime Instant Video in 4K to the Xbox One S, owners of the 4K-capable HDR console for gaming and entertainment will now have access to 4K UHD streaming video from one more source among others like Netflix, Hulu, Vudu and YouTube. Then of course, there is also the 4K UHD Blu-ray disc playback capacity of the Xbox One S and its compatibility with Dolby Atmos audio to further boost the home entertainment chops of this powerful and surprisingly affordable console, which we reviewed a while back, here.

Naturally enough, owners of the Xbox One S who want all these cool 4K ultra HD content selections will also have to own an ultra HD TV and if they’d like to enjoy the full high dynamic range benefit of many of the above content selections, a 4K HDR TV is one very good idea.

It basically seems as if the Xbox One S becomes more of a robust, must-have gaming and entertainment console month by month and it’s good to see that Microsoft is taking its own stated commitments to 4K entertainment promotion seriously with practical consumer technology steps.

Microsoft Xbox One S Now Supports Amazon Prime Video in 4K and This is Why

According to a recent blog post by Microsoft rep Megan Model,

“Watch Stranger Things, Narcos, and Marvel’s Iron Fist plus dozens more titles from Netflix. Get blockbuster movies from Vudu. Or get the Hulu app and watch 4K titles ranging from original series like Shut Eye and The Path to over 20 classic James Bond films.”

All of these are now indeed solid and available options in 4K resolution thanks to Microsoft’s updates for the Xbox One S.

It’s also worth noting that the console has become cheaper than ever before thanks to deals, discounts and product bundle offerings from sites like Amazon.com. For example, this package which features the lighter 500GB version of the 4K Xbox console and the game “Battlefield 1” goes for only $255 on Amazon.com, a drop of nearly $50 from its previous retail price. There’s also a deal on for the heavy-duty 1TB Xbox One S, bundled with the game “Halo Wars 2”, retailing for just $299.99, the same price that the 500GB One S used to cost.

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  • Bob Jones
    May 20, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    If only there was a way for Microsoft or Dolby to be able to port via software future compatibility with the upcoming Dolby Vision HDR discs.

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