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Xbox One S – Everything You Need To Know

The Xbox One will get its first redesign when the Xbox One S launches on August 2 across Australia and the rest of the world.

Heading into the sleek redesign’s release, here’s a breakdown of the basics.

Xbox One S Release Date by region

The 500GB Xbox One S and 2TB Limited Edition Xbox One S are scheduled for a worldwide release on August 2, 2016. The 1TB variants will launch worldwide on August 23.

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Xbox One S Editions

Limited Edition Xbox One S 2TB Console

  • $549 AUD
  • Out August 2


Xbox One S 500GB Console

  • $399
  • Out August 23


Xbox One S 1TB Console

  • $499
  • Out August 23


2TB Xbox One S Gears Of War 4 Limited Edition Console

  • $599 (comes with Gears Of War 4 game)
  • Out October 7


Xbox One S Controller

The Limited Edition Xbox One S 2TB Console comes with a single Xbox Wireless Controller. You can purchase additional Xbox One S-themed controllers separately.

The  Xbox One S controller offers:

  • Better build quality, improving the quality of the material used for a stronger overall feel
  • Extended range, which is said to be up to 75 percent stronger than the original Xbox One controller
  • If your PC and Windows-based device has Bluetooth, you’ll no longer need to use the Xbox One Wireless Adapter to use your Xbox One controller, as the Xbox One S controller can be connected via Bluetooth connectivity.

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Xbox One S vs Xbox One side by side comparison

The Xbox One S is 40% smaller than the original Xbox One design. The external power brick that dangles from the current Xbox One is now an internal power brick that can be found inside the Xbox One S.

xbox one s vs xbox one

Source: CNET


Xbox One S measurements

Xbox One 

  • 6.25″ x 1.8125″ x 4.625″
  • Volume: 52.39 cubic inches

Xbox One S

  • 4.25″ x 1″ x 3″
  • Volume: 12.75 cubic inches


Does the Xbox One upscale games to 4K?

Yes. Xbox One S supports native 4K for video and Blu-ray, but not for games. The original Xbox One came with an HDMI 1.4a port, so 4K output could have only happened at 30Hz via an update. The Xbox One S supports HDMI 2.0a, meaning it supports proper 4K 60Hz output. Games won’t output in native 4K, but can be upscaled on compatible televisions.


Xbox One S UHD Blu-Ray and 4K Support

The Xbox One S supports 4K video streaming from the likes of Netflix, and also has a built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray player. The console’s HDMI 2.0a supports means the console will offer deeper colour space, as well as allow High Dynamic Range (HDR). Deeper blacks and more natural colours are what you’ll expect with Xbox One S if you own a 4K television.


Xbox One S Specs

Developers that want to take advantage of HDR will have access to additional processing power, meaning games will look and run better on Xbox One S. Gears Of War 4 developer The Coalition is utilising raw GPU and CPU power to improve frame rate and visual stability. The studio says they have been able to “leverage the additional power”.

While the specs are essentially the same as the Xbox One, the Xbox One S’ additional processing power is for games that can run in HDR. Don’t expect better overall graphics, but for the games that actually utilise that additional processing power, expect crisper colours and more stable frame rates.

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