Xbox One S: all we know

June 14, 2016 by Kris Ligman

Announced yesterday at Microsoft's press conference, the new Xbox One S is compact and pretty in white -- and there are other differences.

First of all: yes, a controller is included. Don't let those early rumors on forums deter you.

Now that we have that out of the way: the Xbox One S, which was officially unveiled at yesterday's Microsoft E3 presser, offers the same general performance capabilities of the standard Xbox One in a smaller case with integrated power supply. It will launch this August at three price points depending on the hard drive you select.

"The Xbox One S for us was a realization that first, we want to make a smaller Xbox, but there was also some capability that we saw growing in the market around HDR and 4K video," Xbox chief Phil Spencer remarked at yesterday's press briefing. "So we said, if we're going to do an upgrade to our console, let's go ahead and embrace some of the technologies that are coming and make those part of our core SKU."

Here's a quick run-down of the specs on hand for the new, cuter Xbox One:

  • Launching early August, 2016.
  • Available at three price points
    • 500GB hard drive: $299
    • 1TB hard drive: $349
    • 2TB hard drive: $399
  • Includes slightly modified Xbox One controller with Bluetooth support
  • Support for 4K Ultra HD video including Blu-ray
  • Built-in power supply
  • No mandatory Kinect, nor a dedicated Kinect sensor port.
  • If you want to use Kinect, you'll need a USB adapter. USB ports have been moved to the front of the device.

Here's a side-by-side comparison showing the size difference between the old and new Xbox Ones, courtesy of The Verge.

Photo: Vjeran Pavic Photo: Vjeran Pavic

While 500GB is on the small side for a dedicated game console, especially in an era of frequently-compulsory game installs, the $299 price point should prove very competitive versus Sony's PlayStation 4.