Xbox One S Launches August 2

As you might recall, Microsoft revealed the Xbox One S during the E3 2016 conference, which is a slimmer, smaller Xbox One, among other things.

Now, Microsoft has revealed that we’ll be able to pick up our very own 2TB Xbox One S on August 2. So, you might want to head over to Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, or Microsoft Store, to make sure you’ll get it on time.

If all that sounded like mumbo jumbo to you, let me break it down, in case you missed the E3 coverage. The Xbox One S is 40% smaller than your current Xbox One model you’ll see in stores, regardless of bundle. There’s also some big  changes here, too, if you care about that. The USB port that used to be on the side of the Xbox One is now on the front, as well as a new IR blaster to control your TV or DVR with and an internal power brick.

Beyond that, the Xbox One S is going to be your first chance to experience 4K Ultra HD movies and video with HDR10. What that boils down to is Fan4stic will look really nice on that $1000 TV you probably just bought for the Xbox One S. HDR10 also helps out in the way of video games, too. Upcoming Xbox One games Forza Horizon 3Gears of War 4, and Scalebound  will look gorgeous in 4K.

The Xbox One S also will come bundled with a new revision of the Xbox One controller.This new controller will have a mildly-textured grip, improved WiFi Direct signal, and add Bluetooth support. If you’re not getting an Xbox One S, you can nab one for $59.99 and will be available also on August 2. Don’t worry, though, if you are getting an Xbox One S, all your existing accesories will work with the new console, as well as games and Xbox LIVE.

Xbox One S’s 2TB launch edition will be available in limited supply for $399 on August 2 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States. Additional countries are going to have to wait until later this year.

If you want something a bit less storage space, the 1TB and 500GB models are $349 and $299, but there is no news on either version of the Xbox One S at this time.

My Take

While I’m excited that the Xbox One S now has an official date, I’m also quite concerned. As of this publish date, there are only two weeks until the new console drops. Some people may have not to worry about money, but I think of it like this. The Xbox One S is 4K-ready for all your movie and gaming goodness, so this requires some new toys, some rather expensive toys, like a TV for $1000, on top of the $399 initial investment, to get any benefit. I think Microsoft should’ve given people like me more time to come up with the cash, like the August 31 placeholder that was on their own store for awhile. It was a Tuesday, and it would’ve given people enough time to save for a new TV, or arrange layaway/financing for one.

Another concern I have is the internal power brick. If you recall, the current one is used to protect against power surges. So, with this power brick now being inside the console, yes, you save on space and not having to look at the ugly thing, but what is the compromise here? Instead of plugging my Xbox One into the wall directly, am I now plugging it into a surge protector? I’d be very interested to find out.

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