Microsoft is sweetening the deal for those considering picking up an Xbox One this year, with a newly announced version of the console, along with a permanent price drop for the previous iteration.
A version of the Xbox One will start shipping on June 16 with a 1 TB hard drive, twice the size of the current traditional Xbox One hard drive (which comes in at 500 GB). As game publishers and console makers push more and more for digital purchasing of games, more space is becoming ever more valuable. A 1 TB hard drive will mean players won’t have to worry quite as early about deleting titles off their hard drives to make room for the latest games.
The new console will retail for $399 and will also include the newly redesigned Xbox One controller. It pretty much looks exactly like the old controller with a few internal improvements, but it has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, so you can use your own headphones to play rather than buying a proprietary option. For a limited, unspecified time, this version will come bundled with Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
The 500 GB Xbox One, meanwhile, will permanently retain its previous price cut of $349.
Microsoft’s holiday lineup includes Halo 5: Guardians, Forza Horizon 6, and Rise of the Tomb Raider, and it may well be worth waiting to pick up a console until those games release and the system is likely bundled with them or previously released titles during the holiday season. (Microsoft hasn’t officially announced any such bundles, but last year’s bundles, which included Assassin’s Creed and Sunset Overdrive options, certainly indicate Microsoft is open to the possibility).
Stay tuned for much more on Microsoft’s upcoming games next week during E3. Microsoft’s press conference will be held on June 15.