Long before the beefy Project Scorpio descends on the market – touting an eye-watering 8 teraflops of processing power – Microsoft will be launching the Xbox One S, a refined version of its flagship hardware that is 40 percent slimmer than the base model.
Set for release in August of this year, it seems demand for the Xbox One revamp has snowballed in the fallout of E3 2016, with Xbox Marketing Executive Mike Nichols noting that pre-orders are already off to “an amazing start.”
Word comes by way of Xbox Wire, where a post claimed that fans and retailers alike are just as enthusiastic about the imminent hardware refresh. Bob Puzon, Senior Vice President of Merchandising at GameStop, championed the Xbox One S as one of the most sought-after products going into the holiday season.
“With all the new innovation we’ve seen and experienced with Microsoft’s new Xbox One S console, we anticipate this creating excitement among our customers. The new sleek design and the ability to watch Blu-Ray movies and stream video in 4K Ultra HD with HDR is sure to make the new Xbox One console one of our most sought after products when it launches later this year.”
Boasting 2TB of internal storage, the Xbox One S also features support for 4K streaming. It’s due to arrive in August starting from $299, with additional SKUs expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks and months.