Xbox One S
The Xbox One S 2TB version will be out on Aug. 2. Microsoft

The new Xbox One S will be available starting Aug. 2. That is, the 2TB version of the Xbox One S, which will be offered at US$400 (approx. AU$530) will be the first to hit the shelves.

According to Microsoft’s announcement, all preorders will arrive on Aug. 2, so the 2TB version is still up for preorders as early as now. This is the best way to get it since the Xbox One S already has limited units to begin with.

As far as design is concerned, the Xbox One S has been the revolutionary introduction into the market. It’s the smallest and slimmest Xbox console to date.

“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,” said Microsoft.

The Xbox One S is ideal for players who also use their consoles as an entertainment unit. Currently, it is the only console that allows Blu-ray movies and streaming of video with 4K Ultra HD with HDR definitions. The HDR support is also apparent for gaming, since so Xbox One games will look even better when played on the Xbox One S.

The Xbox One S bundle will feature the Xbox Wireless controller. This version has Bluetooth support, though this requires the Windows 10 with a Windows Anniversary Update. Players can get another Wireless controller for US$59.99 (approx. AU$80) though older accessories are still compatible with the new unit.

Microsoft is still planning to release other versions of the Xbox One S. A 1TB and a 500GB version are both in the pipeline, though the company has yet to reveal a release date for both of them. Pricing for the Xbox One S 1TB is pegged at US$349 (approx. AU$460), while the 500GB version is at US$299 (approx. AU$395).

The new Xbox One S (Credit: YouTube/Xbox)