[UPDATE] Xbox One Slim: Twitter user says the console needs an update before 4K output

The upcoming Xbox One Slim will support 4K gaming, but Twitter user Kurbo76 says that’s not possible straight out of the box.

Kurbo76’s tweet, plus additional replies, suggests that a launch day update will enable 4K output straight out of the box.

Machinima reports that Kurbo76 tweeted the following, but we can’t find that conversation in the thread:


The Xbox One Slim has been confirmed to support 4K Blu-ray video and 4K upscaling for games, but it appears as if customers will have to grab an update before they can take advantage.

Despite many users getting their Xbox One Slims early, the 2TB console isn’t officially available until 2 August. 500GB and 1TB consoles will follow on 23 August.

We’ve reached out to Microsoft for clarification.

Update: Microsoft has reached out to Stevivor with a statement on the matter.

“A small number of 2TB Xbox One S consoles were prematurely delivered to fans in Norway via a retailer prior to the launch date,” a statement from an Xbox representative reads. “The first Xbox One S consoles available will be the 2TB launch edition on August 2, which upon start-up, will begin downloading the latest Xbox system update that also enables 4K functionality.

“The new Xbox One S was designed from the ground up, creating the smallest and most compact Xbox ever. The 2TB launch edition Xbox One S will be available in limited quantities for $549 AUD, with additional 1TB and 500GB Xbox One S hard drive options to be released over the coming weeks, starting at $399 AUD. With Xbox One S, you will be able to watch Blu-ray movies and stream video in stunning 4K Ultra HD with HDR, including content from partners like Netflix. Xbox One S offers High Dynamic Range support for video and gaming, so you can experience richer, more luminous colors in games like Gears of War 4 and Scalebound. With a higher contrast ratio between lights and darks, HDR technology brings out the true visual depth of your games.”


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