If you've been holding out on getting an Xbox One, now's a better time than ever. Microsoft has announced a new 1TB configuration of its flagship console, which sports twice the hard drive space as the older model, plus a revamped controller. The larger system is available starting June 16 for $399.
This refreshed Xbox One is nearly identical to the one on shelves now, save for a matte finish that replaces the previous model's glossy look. The system includes 1TB of built-in storage (up from the older model's 500GB), and, for a limited time, comes with Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
The package also includes a new version of the Xbox One Wireless Controller, which now sports a 3.5mm jack for plugging in just about any headset or pair of headphones. Doing so on the older Xbox One gamepad required a $25 adapter. If you're using an Xbox One-specific headset, fret not; the controller's proprietary port is still present on the new pad.
Aside from the headphone jack, the new controller features improved bumper buttons on the top, and can now receive firmware updates over Wi-Fi. Folks who already own an Xbox One can buy the new controller by itself for $64.99, in either black or a special gray camouflage Covert Forces variation.
If you game on PC, Microsoft is releasing an Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows, which will allow players to use the Xbox One pad for Windows games without a USB connection. The adapter ships this fall for $24.99 standalone, or bundled with an Xbox One controller for $79.99. The Xbox One controller is currently our overall favorite gamepad for PC gaming, and it's nice to see it get some improvements.
Lastly, Microsoft has announced that the older 500GB Xbox One's $349 price tag is now permanent, for those looking to save a bit of cash. We should know a ton more about what's coming to Xbox One when E3 2015 kicks off next week in Los Angeles, so stay tuned.
Source: Major Nelson
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