E3: Streamlined Xbox One S Unveiled

E3: Streamlined Xbox One S Unveiled
Microsoft has taken the wraps off of the Xbox One S, a slimmer and more powerful version of its Xbox One console.

(CCM) — After weeks of speculation, Microsoft has finally unveiled the Xbox One S (Slim), an updated version of its Xbox One game console. The new device is 40% smaller than its predecessor, despite having a built-in power transformer, and is finished in a color that Microsoft is calling Robot White. Beneath the hood, the Xbox One S' hardware has been given a power injection with the inclusion of a more powerful AMD processor, enabling it to support 4K Ultra HD video playback from Blu-Ray disks and streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Video (but not games.) High Dynamic Range (HDR), a technology found in some televisions that provides a more realistic color range, is also supported. The high end model featuring a 2 TB hard drive will be available in August priced at $399, while 1 TB ($349) and 500 GB ($299) models will be available later in the year.

During E3 2016, Microsoft also released a few details about Project Scorpio, a new console which is slated for release in 2017. Describing Project Scorpio as "'the most powerful console ever created," the company revealed that it will sport a high power graphics processing unit (GPU) capable of supporting 4K gaming and high resolution virtual reality.

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