Microsoft started off their E3 press conference by confirming the previously leaked Xbox One S (Slim) and giving us a bit more information.
The console will be 40% smaller than the original Xbox One and has an integrated power supply – no more power brick!
The console will be in stores this August for $299.
The new slim Xbox will have “up to” a 2TB hard drive, and features an IR Blaster for a media remote. With this media feature, 4K video output and playback will be supported – for those who just want a 4K Netflix Box from their Xbox.
The console will also support HDR (High Dynamic Range) gaming.
— Xbox (@Xbox) June 13, 2016
The reveal also gave us a look at the new controller that debuts with the console. The new controller has a textured grip, Bluetooth capability along with the normal Xbox wireless connection, and sports better range. This is great, given I’ve personally had awful luck with my XB1’s controller range.
Overall, this looks to be a great box, though it kind of burns players who paid close to $500 for the original console.
It is worth noting that nothing has officially said “4K gaming,” ONLY “4K Video & Playback.” The Xbox One S likely has the same system specs as the normal Xbox One.