More E3 news may have leaked today in the form of a premature Amazon product page for a new Xbox One bundle.
According to IGN, the Amazon listing has outed Microsoft’s plans to release a new bundle featuring a 1 terabyte hard drive within the console, a copy of Halo: Master Chief Collection and a new moderately redesigned controller. The bundle will go for $399.99.
The new controller will feature a 3.5 mm headphone jack which will allow users to plug in any pair of headphones for in game audio and chat. The previous controller featured a proprietary port for headsets designed only for the Xbox One. In comparison, the Playstation 4 has featured a 3.5 mm headphone since launch, allowing for cheap alternatives to those who want to enjoy games and movies without disturbing others.
The decision to feature a 1 terabyte hard drive out of the box is also a wise move. The Xbox One unlike most PC’s and the Playstation 4, does not allow owners to swap out the included hard drive for larger counterparts. Instead, Microsoft has encouraged customers to buy an external hard drives for additional space. This quickly became a problem shortly after launch as games become larger as this generation gets underway. Including a 1TB drive means players shouldn’t be filling it up nearly as fast as the 500 gigabyte drive featured in current Xbox One models.
“Halo: The Master Chief Collection” is compilation of the first four Halo games remastered in beautiful 1080p high definition and at 60 frames per second. While the game is a phenomenal deal, its launch was less than stellar due to a myriad of online connectivity issues that lasted for more than three months. Just last week, Microsoft gave all customers affected by the botched release a free remastered digital copy of 2009’s “Halo 3: ODST.”
The new price point will finally match evenly against the Playstation 4 which also retails for $399.99. Currently, the Xbox One retails for $349.99 for 500 GB and $499.99 for the same model and motion and voice input camera Kinect.