Behold, the moment that all Xbox purists have been waiting for has finally arrived. After last month's initial announcement of the new minimalist yet powerful Xbox One Slim, gamers everywhere lined up to pre-order the brand new console without having any idea when they would actually receive it. Video game enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting an official release date for Microsoft's most compact Xbox yet, 40% smaller than the current Xbox One model with impressive new features and capabilities to boot.
An official press release from Xbox confirms the official release date and some tips on how to secure yours now:
Today, we’re excited to announce that the highly-anticipated 2TB Xbox One S launch edition will begin hitting shelves in select regions on August 2. That means that all pre-orders will arrive on August 2 and, for those of you that haven’t yet, you can still pre-order a 2TB Xbox One S launch edition through microsoftstore.com and select retailers. Availability is limited and demand is high so you’ll want to check with your local retailer for more information and pre-order your console soon.
For those unfamiliar with the new and rather impressive Xbox One S features, the press release went on to explain:
Xbox One S is the most compact Xbox yet, 40 percent smaller than the original Xbox One, and includes a built-in power supply. We also shifted one of the three USB ports and the pairing button to the front of the Xbox One S alongside the newly added IR blaster for increased accessibility.
Beyond the fresh new design, Xbox One S is the first and only console that allows you to watch Blu-ray movies and stream video in stunning 4K Ultra HD with High Dynamic Range (HDR). That means you’ll get to enjoy your favorite shows and movies in the clearest, most realistic video possible. With HDR support for video and gaming, Xbox One games like Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, and Scalebound will look even better thanks to a higher contrast ratio between lights and darks, bringing out the true visual depth of your favorite games.
The wireless controller has also been updated with textured grip (preventing the aggravation of your hands sliding after hours of play), improved Xbox wireless (increasing range), and added Bluetooth capabilities (requires Windows 10 devices currently running the Windows anniversary update).
For now, the 2TB Xbox One S will be available on the August 2nd release date in the following regions for $399 USD: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK and United States. If your region is not listed here, don't worry, the new Xbox One S will be available to you shortly at a later date this year.
Release dates for 0ther Xbox One S options such as the 500GB and 1TB consoles have yet to determined, but we will keep you up to date on those as well.