You can now pre-order the new Xbox One S – the perfect console for non-gamers

After months of rumours, Microsoft have today officially announced the new slimline version of their console, the Xbox One S.

Trust me when I say that, if you’re not a gamer, this is the one for you.

I skipped the Xbox One, as I just don’t play games anymore, but this new version has a crucial new addition that’s making it really tempting for me – support for 4K UltraHD HDR video, via both 4K UHD Blu-ray and streaming services.

With the 500GB model coming in at just under £250, you’re getting a 4K UHD disk player and streamer, AND an extremely powerful console (if gaming is still your thing), all for less than any currently available stand-alone UHD Blu-ray player.

That’s a bit of a bargain!

Pre-orders are live right now, and we’ll add more links as soon as we get them!

Release for the 2TB model is expected in August, with the 1TB and 500GB models expected in December.

It seems to be the 2TB launch model that’s being pushed at moment, but keep checking those links for the 500GB and 1TB options.

Pre-order 500GB model: Zavvi (temporarily unavailable) | Base.com
Pre-order 1TB model: Zavvi (temporarily unavailable)
Pre-order 2TB model: Zavvi | Amazon UK

 

  • 40% smaller
  • 500GB, 1TB or 2TB of storage
  • Internal power supply

Play the greatest games lineup, including Xbox 360 classics, on a 40% smaller console. Just don’t let its size fool you: with an internal power supply and 2TB of internal storage, the Xbox One S is the most advanced Xbox ever.

High Dynamic Range
Experience richer, more luminous colours in games like Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3. With a higher contrast ratio between lights and darks, High Dynamic Range technology brings out the true visual depth of your games.

4k Ultra HD
With four times the resolution of standard HD 4k Ultra HD delivers the clearest, most realistic video possible. Stream 4k content on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video and watch Ultra HD Blu-rayTM movies in stunning visual fidelity with High Dynamic Range *

IR Blaster
Configure your Xbox One S to turn on other devices, like your TV, audio/video receiver, and cable/satellite receiver. Whether you’re playing a game or watching a movie, the integrated IR blaster will get you to the action faster, allowing you to leave your remotes behind.

Xbox Wireless Controller
Experience the enhanced comfort of the new Xbox Wireless Controller, featuring a sleeker, more streamlined design. Get up to twice the wireless range. Stay on target with textured grip. And with Bluetooth® technology, play your favourite games on Windows 10 PCs, tablets, and phones*

 

* 4K streaming with select apps, see xbox.com. HDR functionality available with supported games and TVs.
** Operating system updates may be required. Go to xbox.com/xboxone/controller-OS for more information.

 

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3 Responses

  1. AFAIK the only UltraHD Blu Ray players available in the UK right now are still the Panasonic and Samsung at £430 and £650, so yeah, I’m generally not interested in consoles anymore but this one is looking fantastic to me purely for including an UltraHD Blu Ray player at £250-300 depending on the model.

    • Yeah I’m VERY tempted by this. Forget the gaming – if I can get all my 4K content via disc and streaming all through one device, I’d be more than happy. And the price is a bargain when you look at what you get.

      A fully loaded 4K player with a free console thrown in!

      If nothing else, this should help push down the price of stand-alone players to sensible levels!

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