As fans of the PlayStation 4 rival await new stock to become available, they are looking enviously at the US market, which is set to see the release of the Xbox One S 500GB ($299) and 1TB ($349) on August 23rd.
Additionally, US gamers will be able to get their hands on Halo 5 or Madden NFL 17 Xbox One S bundles at the same price as the standalone console.
Microsoft is yet to set an official release date for the 500GB and 1TB models in the UK and - as it was reported at console-deals.com in June - there was some doubt they would become available at all.
However, its our understanding UK gamers can expect to see the 500GB and 1TB Xbox One S in the UK in October. Prices are expected to start at £249 for the 500GB and £299 for the 1TB. We’re also led to believe that the UK will see an
Xbox One S 500GB bundled with FIFA 17 at launch.
Phil Jones, of console-deals.com, said:
“Gamers have been looking to get their hands on the Xbox One S ever since its announcement at E3, proven by the 2TB launch model selling out. The 500GB and 1TB capacities will be as eagerly received and will offer gamers who are looking to get the latest console a more affordable option.”With regards to the FIFA bundle, he added:
“It makes sense that there will be an Xbox One S FIFA 17 bundle. FIFA 16 bundles have been extremely successful over the last 12 months, and we see that trend continuing with the next iteration of console and FIFA.”Harvey Eagle, Marketing Director at Xbox UK said of the Xbox One S launch:
"We're excited by the reaction from fans for the Xbox One S. It's a great looking console, significantly smaller than the original Xbox One and the best way to play upcoming games including Forza Horizon 3 and Gears of War 4. It's also the first and only console to feature High Dynamic Range – enhancing the colour and picture - to support 4K video, stream 4K Ultra HD content from services like Netflix and play 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.”Critics were originally split on the initial announcement of the Xbox One S at E3 2016. While positive about the new features and aesthetics, many expressed surprise that the reveal was followed by the announcement of a new console in Project Scorpio, launching at the end of 2017, hinting that sales of the Xbox One S would be damaged as a result.
While Microsoft is yet to release official figures, the Xbox One S was the 6th best selling product on Amazon in July and was the most pre-ordered item on GameStop internationally.