Tuesday 6 December 2016

New slimmer Xbox One S launches at Microsoft's E3 event

Tom Hoggins

Published 14/06/2016 | 08:31

Microsoft has officially announced a new version of their Xbox One console at its E3 2016 showcase. The White Xbox One S is 40pc smaller than the original Xbox One console, as rumours revealed earlier today.

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The new console will also contain significant new features both in form and function.

It will have an integrated power supply, be able to play back 4K Ultra HD video and comes with a new white, textured controller with improved range. The console will release in August, starting at $299 for the 500GB hard drive version.

No UK price was announced at the conference.

Microsoft also used the conference to announce Xbox Anywhere, a scheme meaning that when you buy exclusive Xbox games, they will be available on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC at no extra cost.

There will also be cross-platform multiplayer, with players on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs able to play each other.

There was also an update to Xbox's Live service, introducing Clubs to allow players to effectively sign up to guilds and Arena, an e-sport focuses platform.

The launch come days after Sony  confirmed that it will launch a new, more powerful version of the PlayStation 4. Codenamed "Neo", the high-end console will be able to render games in 4K, but will not be unveiled at E3. 

Microsoft has been lagging Sony in the latest console wars. While the PS4 has sold more than 40 million units, the Xbox One is believed to be at around half that.

Microsoft has had a busy day - it announced its largest-ever acquisition at $26.2bn, of professional social networking site LinkedIn. 

Telegraph.co.uk

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