4K Blu-Ray player. Support for High Dynamic Range (HDR). Sexy white aesthetic. Those sound great, but it’s not what I’m looking forward to the most when the Xbox One S releases on August 2nd. Microsoft has finally placed the power supply within the Xbox One itself.
It’s been a long time since a Microsoft console didn’t have a power brick attached to it. I’m almost positive it was the original Xbox. I can’t think of any Xbox 360 iteration that came without a power brick.
The 2TB Xbox One S launch edition will hit a bunch of European countries along with Canada and the U.S. on August 2nd. The 2TB version retails for $399. Cheaper versions with 1TB and 500GB hard drives for $349 and $299 have been announced, but release dates for those versions will be revealed later. Still, $400 for a Xbox One S that doubles as a 4K Blu-Ray player will be a convincing deal for many of us.
Here’s the new trailer for it.
That is one damn fine looking Xbox One.
Everything Xbox One S
First off, it looks so much better than the current Xbox One. The new Xbox One S comes in at 40% smaller than the original Xbox One. And like I mentioned above, is packed with a built-in power supply.
The Xbox team also placed one of the three USB ports in the front along with the pairing button and IR blaster. At the rate my controller chews through AA batteries, a front-facing USB port is a plus. It should have been there from the start, but hey – better late than never.
Support for 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray discs will make the Xbox One S a compelling purchase for anyone in the market for a 4K Blu-ray player. HDR will bring more vibrant colors to those who own an HDR-compatible TV. Basically, HDR increases the range and depth of colors (the contrast ratio between lights and darks will be much higher) on your display to produce colors in a more life-like way.
The biggest problem with HDR is one seen across any new medium like this. Content. There just isn’t a lot of it out there yet. Several Netflix and Amazon original shows use it. The big plus now is that future Xbox One games will also support it. Games like Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4 and Scalebound will take advantage of HDR. If you have the TV for it, you’ll notice the difference.
The Xbox One S is just the appetizer for the Xbox brand. Next year, Xbox One Project Scorpio brings the 4K support to not just movies, but games.
If you’re thinking about grabbing a Xbox One, the 2TB might be the way to go. Or, wait for one of the cheaper versions and pair it with an external hard drive. I’m leaning towards getting one. What about you?