Microsoft Xbox One S confirmed for August launch starting $299

Microsoft has announced the launch of Xbox One S and Xbox One Project Scorpio starting at $299. While the Xbox One S dubbed as compact version will be launched in August, you will have to wait until December 2017 to see the arrival of Xbox One Project Scorpio.

The Scorpio version, expected to be priced at $800, will be a powerful update with support for high definition virtual reality including games specially designed to take advantage of the new 4K Ultra HD technology.

Commenting on the new launch at the press conference held during the sidelines of E3 conference, Xbox chief Phil Spencer revealed that the upcoming new consoles are specially designed for future technology innovations in mind.

He disclosed that the new consoles will be compatible with not only Xbox One titles but also Windows. Hence, users will be able to experience the cross-platform multiplayer gaming in select titles such as Gears of War 4 and Minecraft.

Capable of playing a wide range of games, the new all-white Xbox One S is 40 percent smaller than the currently available consoles. Moreover, it features an integrated power supply with up to 2TB of hard drive space in addition to a redesigned version of the controller with enhanced wireless range. The textured handles provide improved grip during gaming, which is essential when users play for a long time.

Spencer, meanwhile, said that Xbox One S will provide the ultimate freedom where users can pick a choice between games they want to play. The console features compatibility with 4K displays and high dynamic range visuals.

With eight core central processing units and a six teraflop graphics processor, the Project Scorpio offers support for all the latest generation 4K games. During the speech, Spencer promised that the Scorpio machine will deliver true 4K visuals without compromising performance.

Earlier, Microsoft released an update to the Xbox console in 2013. The new Xbox One S is the first major widely expected change, which is designed as per the latest technological standards. Meanwhile, Sony is also working to release an update PlayStation 4 console, rumored as PlayStation 4 Neo with support for 4K Ultra HD.

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