Microsoft confirms Xbox One S release date

However, not all regions get the new console at the same time

UPDATE: Xbox One S now has a release date. Microsoft has just confirmed the new slimmer console will land on August 2. This model will come with a 2TB hard drive, with 1TB and 500GB editions to follow later on. However, not all regions will see the console on that launch date, with which getting lucky and unlucky respectively, unconfirmed at the time of writing.

UPDATE: Xbox One S images have leaked just before Microsoft's E3 2016 conference.

We'll see two new Xbox models from Microsoft in the next 18 months, with Microsoft releasing a new, smaller 'Xbox One S' this year and a larger, full, 'Xbox Two' next year.

The new comes courtesy of our buddies at Kotaku UK, who have worked with their colleagues at Kotaku US to independently verify the info - although the sources understandably remained anonymous.

The advent of two new Xboxes is largely what we predicted in our Xbox One S vs PlayStation Neo feature - that we'd see a smaller console this year followed by a more powerful release at a later date.

The 2017 Xbox is codenamed Scorpio, with more powerful graphics and presumably fully 4K compatible. The exciting bit is that Xbox Scorpio will be Oculus-ready. Kotaku UK says that Microsoft is "pursuing a partnership with Oculus".

The 2016 variant, which is referred to as the Xbox One S, will get its debut at next month's E3 2016. Expecty it to have a 2TB hard drive instead of the current 1TB.

Microsoft's strategy to merge Windows 10 and Xbox (known as Project Helix, according to one Kotaku UK source) continues apace as well, says Kotaku UK's Keza MacDonald: "Developer sources have told us that Microsoft's new mandate is to release future games – including the flagship Halo series – on both platforms. The recently cancelled Fable Legends, which was playable across Windows 10 and Xbox One, was one of the first games to implement this strategy.".