Microsoft itself has now confirmed the highly anticipated Xbox One S release date. Fans of the popular game console can now expect the device to be available in the market by August 2, 2016 with a much more attractive form factor than the Xbox One Original game console.
Xbox One vs Xbox One S
There are some specification differences between the two consoles as Microsoft tries to capture more buyers of the latest iteration. For one, the Xbox One S has a 4K video rendering for both movies and videos but not in games. The official Xbox website also noted that the console can be used to stream videos directly from Netflix and Amazon Video.
The size of the Xbox One S is much smaller by 40% compared to Xbox One which has a dimension set of 333mm x 276mm x 78mm, slightly much bigger than PS4 according to Trusted Reviews. This form factor makes it more attractive for those who are not a fan of consoles sizes that are not too portable to carry around.
Xbox One port support is also a major difference in the Xbox One S vs Xbox One comparison aspect. The latter can support 4K gaming and video rendering but only uses HDMI 1.4a that limits the output to 30Hz, potentially problematic with some video playing. However, the Xbox One S supports an HDMI 2.0a which is now able to provide 60 Hz video outputs.
Lastly, the controller on the Xbox One S is slightly much better in terms of aesthetics and ergonomics. It has a better grip finish underneath so you won't have to worry about dropping it. On the other hand, the Xbox One S controller also has a much better range which is about double of its predecessor Xbox One. This means you do not need to be too close from the TV to play your games.