Xbox One S: Specs, Release Date, Price Confirmed

XBOX ONE S FAQ YOU NEED KNOW:

Xbox One S release date? August 2 2016 (Now confirmed by Microsoft)

Does it support 4K? Yes, for video and Blu-ray, but not for games.

Is it more powerful? Yes, a slight boost to processing power over the Xbox One to accommodate HDR gaming.

Is a controller included? Yes, contrary to early reports, one is included in the price.

XBOX ONE S

 

XBOX ONE S Details:

Introducing the new Xbox One S. Play the greatest games lineup, including Xbox 360 classics, on a 40% smaller console. Experience richer, more luminous colors in games and video with High Dynamic Range. Stream 4K video on Netflix and Amazon Video, and watch UHD Blu-ray movies in stunning 4K Ultra HD. Then get the enhanced comfort and feel of the new Xbox Wireless Controller, featuring textured grip and Bluetooth.

Xbox One S – 2TB Console

  • Includes Xbox One S console, 2TB Hard Drive (Internal), Xbox Wireless Controller (with 3.5mm headset jack), Console stand (for vertical orientation), HDMI cable, AC Power cable, 14-day Xbox Live Gold Trial
  • Play the greatest games lineup, like Gears of War 4, DeadRising 4, Forza Horizon 3 and ReCore*
  • Also play Xbox 360 classics, on a 40% smaller console
  • Experience richer, more luminous colors in games and video with High Dynamic Range technology
  • Stream 4K UHD video on Netflix and Amazon Video, and watch UHD Blu-ray movies in stunning 4K Ultra HD

Xbox One S – 1 TB Madden NFL 17

  • This bundle includes: Xbox One S 1TB Console, full game digital download of Madden NFL 17, seven Madden Ultimate Team Pro Packs, one month of EA Access, Xbox Wireless Controller (with 3.5mm headset jack), HDMI cable (4K Capable), AC Power cable and 14-day Xbox Live Gold Trial.
  • Experience richer, more luminous colors in games and video with High Dynamic Range technology.
  • Stream 4K video on Netflix and Amazon Video, and watch UHD Blu-ray movies in stunning 4K Ultra HD.
  • Get the sleeker, streamlined Xbox console and enhanced comfort of the new Xbox Wireless Controller, featuring textured grip and Bluetooth technology.

Xbox One S – 500GB Halo Collection

  • This bundle includes: Xbox One S 500GB Console, Halo 5: Guardians (physical disc) and full game download of Halo: The Master Chief Collection (card with digital code included in box), Xbox Wireless Controller (with 3.5mm headset jack), HDMI cable (4K Capable), AC Power cable and 14-day Xbox Live Gold Trial.
  • Experience richer, more luminous colors in games and video with High Dynamic Range technology.
  • Stream video and watch UHD Blu-ray movies in stunning 4K Ultra HD.
  • Get the sleeker, streamlined Xbox console and enhanced comfort of the new Xbox Wireless Controller, featuring textured grip and Bluetooth technology.
  • Play Xbox 360 classics with advanced features like Game DVR and in-home streaming to Windows 10.

XBOX ONE S PRICE:

When it comes to UK and European pricing, here’s what you need to know. The 2TB launch edition Xbox One S will cost £349/399 Euros, while the 1TB will be £299/349 Euros and the 500GB £249/299 Euros.That’s pretty sweet for a 4K Blu-ray player let alone one that also plays games.

XBOX ONE S 4K FEATURES:

4K ULTRA HD, 4K BLU-RAY AND HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE SUPPORT

This is huge. Not only does the Xbox One S support 4K video playback from streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, it also has a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray built-in.

This is especially good news for AV fans and the announced $299/£249 starting price makes it good value compared to dedicated Ultra HD players currently on the market, which at this time cost anywhere from £400 to £650.

In fact, if you have a 4K TV, we’d argue it’s a must-have to enjoy the full potential of your TV.

While the original Xbox One is technically capable of supporting 4K gaming and video, it comes with an HDMI 1.4a port, which means it can only output 4K at 30Hz, which is useless for games and problematic for some video. The Xbox One adds support for HDMI 2.0a, so it now supports proper 4K 60Hz output.

XBOX ONE S SPECS:

TURNS OUT THERE IS A PERFORMANCE DIFFERENCE

Much like the rumoured PS4.5, the Xbox One S will not mark the beginning of a new console generation, but an expansion of a platform we already know and love. Initially then, it looked like the new Xbox wouldn’t come with any extra processing power, but it seems that wasn’t quite true…

The Coalition (the studio behind Gears of War 4) head Rod Fergusson revealed to Polygon that his team had taken advantage of additional raw GPU and CPU power for the forthcoming game, which runs in HDR. This was apparently just to improve frame rates and not to improve the graphics in any other way.

Ferguson claimed his engineers have been able to, as Polygon puts it, “leverage the additional power to reduce the frequency of the frame rate or resolution penalties.”

PLUS, IT CAN UPSCALE GAMES TO 4K

When the Xbox One S was first announced, Microsoft neglected to mention that the new console is also capable of upscaling games to 4K.

The upscaling capabilities were revealed by Jeff Henshaw, Group Program Manager at Xbox at an E3 session (via TechRadar).

Read more at http://www.trustedreviews.com/opinions/xbox-one-s-vs-xbox-one#erMt54fHIJXg7YF2.99

XBOX ONE S VS XBOX ONE: SHOULD YOU UPGRADE?

There’s no doubt the new Xbox One S is a better all around console than its predecessor. Not only does it slim down what was an unbelievably bulky case on the original console, and by 40% no less, the Xbox One S comes with a load of features that make it a desirable device regardless of comparisons with the previous model.

Firstly, you get a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player built in. Currently, those things will cost you upwards of £400 on their own. Secondly, you can stream 4K at the proper 60 Hz in HDR from apps such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video. Plus, there’s even a slight performance boost. The console benefits from extra processing power which will be used to run games in HDR.

All told, Microsoft may just have done enough here to warrant an upgrade from the original console. While the Xbox One will run all the games you can play on the S model, the extra features and reduced form factor make the new version a tempting offer, unless you want to wait for Project Scorpio to arrive…

Additional Reading:

If, however, you had any problems when play the MKV, MP4, AVI, VOB, FLV, DivX, DVD, Blu-ray on Xbox One or Xbox One S, please feel free to download and install  Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate / iMedia Converter for Mac, which is an all-in-one Video Converter, DVD Ripper, Blu-ray Ripper, DVD/Blu-ray Copy software and Video Editor, can easily convert, edit, view and save all your video files, DVD, Blu-ray in a format that can be easily played on Xbox One and Xbox One S.

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  1. 20th March 2018

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