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Microsoft announces new Xbox One S, Canadians can now pre-order for $499

At its E3 keynote in Los Angeles, Microsoft today announce the Xbox One S, a smaller, more capable version of its eighth generation console.

Set to ship this August, the Xbox One S is 40 percent smaller than its predecessor, and features a built-in power supply. The console’s new design also allows future owners of the console to display it either horizontally or vertically.

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On the functionality side of things, the console is capable of outputting 4K and HDR video. The Xbox One S also includes a dedicated IR blaster, allowing users to turn on and control their TV with their Xbox. However, as a compromise, the device no longer has a dedicated Kinect port. According to The Verge, users will need to buy a USB adapter to get their old Kinect to work with the device.

Update: A Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed Canadian pricing for us. The Xbox One S will be available in three SKUs: $399 for 500GB, $449 for 1TB and $499 for 2TB. The 2TB version, which will launch first, is already available to pre-order.

[source] Microsoft[/source][via]The Verge[/via]

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