The new, smaller version of the Xbox One will be available from 2 August, with pre-orders for the 2TB Xbox One S launch edition being delivered that day.

It actually comes as a small shock, considering most online retailers had set release date as 31 August. But Microsoft has confirmed that the most premium version, priced at £349.99, will be coming in just two weeks time.

The company is still to set a date for the release of the 500GB or 1TB Xbox One S variants though. And the Gears of War 4 Limited Edition model is still set for a mid-September release.

The Xbox One S was originally announced during Microsoft's E3 press conference in June. It is 40 per cent smaller than the current Xbox One, has the power supply built into the box, and comes in white. It is capable of 4K HDR video output, including full 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray playback. Games can also be presented in HDR, with Gears 4 and Forza Horizon 3 both confirmed to support the wider colour gamut and more dynamic contrast settings.

A new wireless controller is also included, which has a textured grip, greater range and Bluetooth support if you want to use it with a PC or other devices.

The 500GB and 1TB models will cost £249.99 and £299.99 respectively. You can still pre-order the 2TB edition for launch day delivery if you get in sharpish.