Xbox One S arrives August 2nd with 4K movies and HDR: The rundown
Stephan Jukic – July 18, 2016
As we’ve covered on numerous occasions in the run-up to its release, the Xbox One S has been highly anticipated and all the more so since it was revealed that the game console would be going on sale in August of this year. Now, in the few days leading up to the device’s August 2nd release, here’s a summary of what you can expect for this cool and considerably more powerful new upgrade to the classic Xbox One.
Microsoft has claimed that it is committed to 4K console gaming, as recent statements by the company have shown, and the Xbox One S is the first ever move in that direction from a console gaming platform. As such, the company has given the One S a built-in power supply, a 40% slimmer body and a number of other external design features like a front-facing USB port and IR blaster. The base One S model will launch with a 500GB HD with 1TB and 2TB versions going on sale for steadily higher prices. However, the first release version will be the 2TB Xbox One S for a retail price of $399 and because units of this model will be hitting shelves on August 2nd itself, we can also expect many pre-orders (already available from the Microsoft Store) to arrive at buyers’ homes on this same date.
Demand for the upcoming console is however high and initial quantities will probably be limited, meaning that at least some late pre-order buyers might not get their console quite as quickly as they’d hope.
In any case, the Xbbox One S is, as we’d said a 4K console and this means a number of very cool new things. For starters, the device lets users watch 4K UHD Blu-ray disc movies while also offering streaming content access to a number of 4K movie and TV show apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Along with this comes with native HDR support (but only in the HDR10 format for now, sorry, no Dolby Vision HDR quite yet) for both video sources, Blu-rays and gaming as well, at least for owners of HDR TVs that also support the HDR10 format. So far as we know now, games which already offer HDR gaming capability for the new Xbox include Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, and Scalebound among others which are either going on sale soon or coming down the road later.
The new console will also feature an Xbox Wireless controller which comes with a textured grip, improved wireless signal strength and includes Bluetooth support to boot. This controller however isn’t available with the One S right out of the box. Instead it’s sold separately as a $59.99 optional extra that’s also slated for an August 2nd release.
The 500GB version of the Xbox One S will go on sale at a still undetermined later date for $299 and the 1TB model will retails for $349 –also slated for a still unstated near-future release date.
Then for those of you who are really waiting for an even more serious 4K console experience from Microsoft, there is the company’s Xbox Project Scorpio console. This device is slated for release at some point in 2017 and will feature not only all the HDR and 4K video support of the Xbox One S but also come with 4K gaming power of a kind that goes well beyond anything in either the One S or even Sony’s upcoming PlayStation Neo 4K console.
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