Yesterday, Microsoft announced that the new Xbox One S, which was unveiled after numerous leaks at last months E3, will launch on August 2nd. That’s when the $400 2 TB model of the white console will be available. Microsoft will also offer the Xbox One S in 1 TB ($350) and 500 GB ($300) configurations, but those versions, as rumored, are coming later. The release dates for the 1 TB and 500 GB models are listed by Microsoft with a December 2016 launch.

When Microsoft announced the Xbox One S at E3 last month, they heavily touted a $300 price point and an August release date. Well it seems that they got the August release date part right, however only the most expensive version will be available at first.

The Xbox One S is 40 percent smaller than the current Xbox One console and comes with an internal power supply, compared to external for the existing model. Also, the Xbox One S supports High Dynamic Range (HDR), which offers “richer, more luminous colors”; Microsoft published games such as Gears of War 4 and Scalebound will be among the first to support HDR. Additionally, the Xbox One S comes with an updated Xbox One controller that features a new textured grip, better wireless, and Bluetooth support. This controller can also be purchased separately for $60, starting on August 2. The Xbox One S can be positioned vertically, and the 2 TB edition comes with a stand. The 1 TB and 500 GB models do not, though this accessory (which is only for the Xbox One S), can be purchased separately for $20.

Another thing to note is that all Xbox One games, accessories, and Xbox Live services are supported on Xbox One S. Additionally, the only color announced so far is white. In addition to the slimmed-down system, Microsoft is releasing a new, more powerful Xbox device, Project Scorpio, in Holiday 2017. Microsoft has referred to this system as the “most powerful console ever made.” Pricing has not been announced.

Are you planning on getting an Xbox One S? Or holding off until Project Scorpio next year? What do you think about Microsoft releasing two new consoles so close to each other only 3 years into the Xbox One life cycle? Feel free to comment or shoot me an email to solgronly@gmail.com. For more on the world of Xbox, keep it locked  here on SportsNerdWeb….Be kind to each other….CHEERS!!