New Xbox console goes on sale in the UK

Microsoft's new Xbox console has gone on sale in the UK.

The slimline Xbox One S, on sale for £349.99, is 40% more compact than the current Xbox One.

It is the first console to support 4K video streaming - double the resolution of HD.

Xbox said the fact it is high dynamic range (HDR) ready will improve the appearance of games.

In a blog post, the technology firm said: "With the biggest blockbuster line-up of games in Xbox history coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 this year, platform updates to help you stay connected with friends on Xbox Live with even more games across your favourite devices and more hardware options available, 2016 and beyond is looking to be an incredible time to be an Xbox gamer."

The Xbox One has been outsold by rival Sony and their PlayStation 4 console since they both were released in 2013.

Sony is also planning to release a 4K-enabled console - PlayStation Neo - next year while Xbox is also due to launch what they call "the most powerful console ever" - Project Scorpio - at the end of 2017.