E3: Microsoft confirms slimmer Xbox S for August at US$299

It appears to be a direct replacement for the current Xbox One.

Yes, the leaks were real: Microsoft confirmed that a slimmer Xbox S is due at the end of summer, with support for 4K video and significantly increased internal storage.

Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, wasted no time in launching the S: It will be priced at US$299, and debut in August, Spencer said.

The Xbox S appears to be a direct replacement for the current Xbox One. Gamers have been waiting for a smaller version ever since Microsoft announced a slimmer Xbox 360 on Nov. 22, 2005. The Xbox S is 40 percent smaller than the Xbox One, Spencer said. The new version will integrate the power supply, saving even more space on your desktop.

xbox s 1

The new Xbox S is 40 percent smaller than its predecessor.

Inside the console, there will be up to 2TB of internal storage, and support for 4K resolutions. Outside, there will be an IR blaster, implying that consumers will still be able to control a television with the Xbox One. Microsoft has also left the optical media intact, even though Microsoft is encouraging more and more people to buy games from the Microsoft Store.

Microosft even announced a new streamlined controller, with a textured grip.

new xbox s wireless controller copy

The new Xbox S controller.

Why this matters: Microsoft’s new Xbox S is not the rumored Project Scorpio, the significantly more powerful Xbox One that Microsoft is said to be announcing next year. But given the current Xbox One is priced at US$299, it’s pretty clear the S will replace the current One as the new iteration of the hardware.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags MicrosoftXbox One

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Mark Hachman

Mark Hachman

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?