Posted Tue Jul 26, 2016 at 07:55 AM PDT by Brian Hoss
Should apply to existing preorders.
The 2TB Xbox One S is due out on August 2 for $399, but today, Microsoft has launched its biggest console marketing salvo since E3 2016. Not only are both the 1TB and 500GB Xbox One S models coming in August (on August 23rd), but both are being positioned at launch as part of bundles that include games at no extra cost.
And we're not talking about just any games, the Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Bundle features a 1TB hard drive, a digital version of 'Madden 17,' and a month of EA Access for $349. That price is the same price that Microsoft had set for a 1TB Xbox One S on its own, so this appears to a very strong deal in partnership with EA.
(For Amazon customers, existing 1TB preorders should now covert to this bundle.)
Of course, the 500GB Xbox One S has always been attractive thanks to its $299 price. And now that 500GB model will at launch be featured in the Xbox One S Halo Collection Bundle. The bundle features a 500GB Xbox One S, 'Halo 5: Guardians' and 'Halo: The Master Chief Collection,' and this is still for the $299 price. The release date is also August 23rd.
(For Amazon customers, existing 500GB preorders should now covert to this bundle.)
That is really five 'Halo' games included for that same announced $299 price. There will also be a 1TB version of the Xbox One S Halo Collection Bundle for $349, but the model will be a limited offering direct from the Microsoft store.
Naturally, one of the biggest features of the Xbox One S is Ultra HD Blu-ray playback. (See more details on the Ultra HD Blu-ray playback here and here)
The Xbox One S is also 40% smaller than the original Xbox One, and that's partly because the Xbox One S has no power brick. The new console plays all Xbox One games and also supports the 360 backwards compatibility of certain titles. The Xbox One S comes with a new controller that has built-in Bluetooth support as well improved range with the Xbox One. The Xbox One S comes in white and also has a built-in IR blaster. The Xbox One S can be used while stood up vertically.
Source: Xbox Wire
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