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Microsoft confirms Xbox One S console

Nick Broughall 14 June 2016 NEWS

Xbox One S

Microsoft kicked off its E3 2016 keynote with a bang, officially announcing its upgraded console, the Xbox One S.

The smallest Xbox console ever made, the Xbox One S is a powerful hardware upgrade masquerading as a slimmed-down redesign.

AU$329.00 Xbox One S + 4 games

AU$329.00 Xbox One S + 4 games from Microsoft Store

Microsoft's slimmer, 4K console is now available.

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The Xbox One S is 40% smaller than the original Xbox One console. Side by side, the bulk of that difference comes in the form of an integrated power supply, so there's no longer a massive power brick to find a home for under the TV.

During the E3 keynote, Microsoft confirmed it didn't just shrink the console down, either. The new console allowed the company to increase the specs of the Xbox One, boosting its output resolution to 4K, complete with High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for both games, video streaming and 4K Blu-rays.

There's a new IR sensor at the front of the console, as well as a relocated USB port. The shrinking console meant that something had to go though, and fans of the Kinect camera will now need to connect the Kinect with a special USB adapter.

Microsoft has also tweaked the Xbox One controller. There's not a huge visual difference – there's a new textured grip on there – but the addition of Bluetooth technology increases the range of the controller. It also makes it compatible with Windows 10 devices out of the box.

Official Australian pricing is yet to be announced, but in States the new Xbox One S console will start at US$299, which includes a 500GB hard drive. There will also be a US$349 1TB version, and a US$399 2TB console, which will no doubt help with large Xbox game install sizes. Microsoft Store has the new 2TB Xbox One S available for preorder for $549, with the new console is set to arrive in early August.

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