Xbox One S available from August 2nd

New Xbox: smaller, faster, better.

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Last month, the the Xbox One S was announced, a smaller, and more powerful console that is capable of 4K video playback. After a pretty positive reception, many gamers wondered when they’d get their hands on one, well we now have the answer. The Xbox One S will be available in Australia on August 2nd. If you’ve pre-ordered, your console will arrive at your door on August 2nd and, if you haven’t there’s still time.

Australia is one of a limited number of countries that will have a special 2TB option for the Xbox One S. The largest ever storage on Xbox will only be available for a limited time, so make sure you get after it, if you’d prefer larger internal, rather than external storage.

The Xbox One S is 40% smaller than the original Xbox One, includes a built-in power supply to eliminate that large brick you had to stash behind the TV unit. There’s now a USB port on the front of the console and a newly added IR blaster for increased accessibility. This helps with those Xbox owners use IR remotes etc, who don’t own a Kinect.

Probably the most important feature and the biggest motivation for existing owners to upgrade is the Xbox One S is the first and only console that allows you to watch stream video in stunning 4K with High Dynamic Range (HDR). If you’ve recently invested in a 4K HDR TV, this is the single easiest option to get the best content to your screen, outside the built-in smart apps. Remember the Xbox has a TV adapter that means this could see you live on your HDMI 1 input.

The HDR support doesn’t stop at video, it also extends to gaming, with a number of titles like Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, and Scalebound to support the technology that offers higher contrast ratio between lights and darks, bringing out the true visual depth of your favourite games.

Microsoft are changing the Xbox One S bundled controller, featuring the textured grip of the Xbox Elite controller and Bluetooth support so pairing with a PC is easier and free. If this sounds like something you’d want everywhere, you can grab a new controller for $89.95AUD RRP and will also be available on August 2nd.

It is worth noting that Bluetooth capabilities require Windows 10 devices running the Windows Anniversary Update, also due August 2nd.

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