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Slim Xbox One S Packs Up to 2TB Hard Drive, 4K Video

LOS ANGELES -- The rumors were true. Microsoft's chunky Xbox One is getting a slimmed-down redesign. The Xbox One S is a white, sleeker take on Microsoft's current gaming console, complete with up to a beefy 2TB hard drive and 4K video support. It's launching in August starting at $299.

Following a leak the day before, Microsoft made the Xbox One S official at its E3 2016 press conference today (June 13). The console's svelte design is 40 percent smaller than its chubby big brother, and -- like the Xbox 360 -- can be stood up vertically. Better yet, the new console ditches the unsightly external power brick that's been an Xbox hallmark since 2001.

The Xbox One S also introduces a new Xbox One Wireless Controller, which features textured grips and Bluetooth support. The revamped console sports a built-in IR blaster, meaning you should be able to sync it up with your cable box without the need for a Kinect.

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Despite being physically smaller, the Xbox One S packs up to a 2TB hard drive, which is twice the size of the current biggest Xbox One internal drive. Perhaps more importantly, the console will offer 4K video streaming and 4K Blu-ray support, and will allow for High Dynamic Range (HDR) gaming. Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 "Neo" is also expected to pack 4K video support, but details on that system are still scarce.

If you've yet to pick up an Xbox One, the S model's slimmer design and bigger hard drive make it seem like a no-brainer -- especially at a starting $299, $100 less than the Xbox One's introductory price. Heck, I might even trade my old Xbox One in for one.

However, Microsoft is also working on Project Scorpio, a VR and 4K gaming powerhouse that's set to launch late in 2017. Power users may want to hold off until then, but for everyone else, the S is a much prettier and versatile take on Microsoft's flagship gaming machine.

Michael Andronico

Mike Andronico is Senior Writer at CNNUnderscored and was formerly Managing Editor at Tom's Guide. When not at work, you can usually catch him playing Street Fighter, devouring Twitch streams and trying to convince people that Hawkeye is the best Avenger.