Xbox One S is a smaller variant of the Xbox One with some improvements in terms of frame rate and visuals. Image Credit: XBox Blog
Xbox One S is a smaller variant of the Xbox One with some improvements in terms of frame rate and visuals. Image Credit: XBox Blog

Announced at during the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2016 (E3 2016), the Xbox One S is 40% smaller than the original Xbox One with some improvements in terms of frame rate, visuals and also includes a built-in power supply and newly added IR blaster for increased accessibility.

“Last month, we revealed a new member of the Xbox One family, the Xbox One S. Today, we’re excited to announce that the highly-anticipated 2TB Xbox One S launch edition will begin hitting shelves in select regions on August 2,” Matt Lapsen, General Manager at Xbox Devices Marketing writes in a blog.

Among the countries to receive the console first include: 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, the UK, and the United States.

As for other markets, Matt claims that the “Xbox One S will also be hitting store shelves for additional markets later this year.”

The 2TB Xbox One S is priced at $399 and will be available from the aforementioned August 2 release date. Availability of other versions with 1TB and 500GB hard drives will cost $349 and $299 respectively.

Xbox One S will be the first game console that allows one to watch Blu-ray movies and stream video in stunning 4K Ultra HD with High Dynamic Range (HDR).

“With HDR support for video and gaming, Xbox One games like Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, and Scalebound will look even better thanks to a higher contrast ratio between lights and darks, bringing out the true visual depth of your favorite games.”

Pre-orders will arrive on August 2 and you can still pre-order a 2TB Xbox One S launch edition through microsoft store.