The recently announced Xbox One S model is releasing on August 2 in Australia and New Zealand.

The news came via the Xbox Website in an announcement from general manager Matt Lapsen.

The Xbox One S launch edition will come with a 2TB hard drive and the new wireless controller, the latter of which will offer a textured grip, improved wireless signal and Bluetooth support.

It will release in "limited quantities" at NZ$648, and is available for pre-order now at Mighty Ape. It will retail in Australia for AU$549.

The retooled controller will be available to purchase separately for NZ$90.

Additional bundles were also confirmed, with 1TB and 500GB console packages coming at US$349 and US$299 respectively (NZ and AU prices TBC). A release date for these models has not been confirmed.

The Xbox One S was unveiled at Microsoft's press conference during E3 this year. It is 40 percent smaller than the current model, one of the three USB ports has been moved to the front of the console, alongside a newly added "IR blaster" for increased accessibility.

On top of the redesign, the S model will add High Dynamic Range (HDR) support and video playback in 4K.

According to Lapsen, "with HDR support for video and gaming, Xbox One games like Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, and Scalebound will look even better thanks to a higher contrast ratio between lights and darks".