Xbox One S coming in August with UHD drive; Project Scorpio with VR capabilities and 4K gaming available in late 2017

A slimmer version of the Xbox One was practically a given at this year’s E3 Expo. But the Xbox One S, as the console is known, is so much more than a 40% smaller form factor for Microsoft’s platform.

The Xbox One S will include a UHD disc drive, so owners of the console can watch the latest movies in full 4K resolution. The console will also be able to stream 4K content from online services like Netflix and Amazon Video. And High Dynamic Range (HDR) support will give movies and games an extra pop in the graphics department.

The Xbox One S will be available this August in three different models: 500GB ($299), 1TB ($349), and a 2TB Limited Launch Edition ($399).

Microsoft also unveiled an upgraded Xbox One console, codenamed “Project Scorpio,” that’ll be released in Late 2017. The Project Scorpio system is being touted as “the most powerful console ever created” and will include support for a virtual reality headset and 4K gaming. Pricing for the Project Scorpio console is currently a mystery, but it’s being designed to coexist alongside the original Xbox One and will be compatible with all Xbox One games.

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