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E3: Microsoft Debuts Smaller, Cheaper, HDR-Capable Xbox One

The Xbox One S, a smaller, more affordable version of the Xbox One gaming console, made its official debut at E3 today. 

The “Robot White” Xbox One S is 40 percent smaller than the original Xbox One, Microsoft said, and includes a built-in power supply. It can be placed horizontally or vertically with an optional $19.99 stand, a design detail the company said was done in response to fan requests.

Pricing starts at $299 for a 500GB version. The 1TB version will be $349, and a limited-edition 2TB version will be $399. Availability is slated for August.

In additional to being able to watch and stream video 4K Ultra HD, the console also offers high dynamic range (HDR) support. It comes with three USB ports — one that has been moved to the front of the console — and an IR blaster. The pairing button has also been moved to the front.

The dedicated Kinect port has been removed from the back, Microsoft said, in order to reduce the form factor.  Kinect for Xbox One will still be compatible with Xbox One S via the Xbox Kinect Adapter for USB connection. Users who own a Kinect for Xbox One and plan to purchase the Xbox One S will receive a free Xbox Kinect Adapter.

Microsoft also redesigned the Xbox wireless controller, giving it a textured grip, adding Bluetooth connectivity and improving the signal performance. It has “up to twice the wireless range when used with Xbox One S,” said Microsoft.

One controller is included with the Xbox One S; additional controllers can be purchased for $59.99.