It appears that one Xbox One announcement for E3 has already slipped thanks to mega-online retailer Amazon. An updated version of the console is on the way with a larger hard drive and a slightly redesigned controller.
The Amazon placeholder page for an Xbox One with a one terabyte hard drive spotted by Twitter user Wario64 (via Engadget). The new console bundle will comes with Halo: The Master Chief Collection and the previously leaked redesigned controller that features the 3.5 mm headset jack. Both Wario64 and Engadget report that the price for the bundle will be $399.99 though there is no price listed on Amazon that I can see.
The launch date of this new Xbox One console is conveniently June 15, 2015. That’s the same day Microsoft is holding its E3 2015 Xbox media briefing where it promises the greatest lineup in the console’s history.
This isn’t the first time that Microsoft has sold a 1TB Xbox One, however. The Call of Duty special edition console released last year came with the same size hard drive, but also came with a $500 price point.
Presumably, Microsoft will keep the 500GB version of the Xbox One at the $350 price point though it could drop it down to $300 to help juice up sales a bit and put more space between the two versions of the console.
The revision of the Xbox One controller should be welcome as well. The current controller requires a headset that uses Microsoft’s proprietary adapter. A 3.5 mm adapter will give consumers more options when it comes to chatting over Xbox LIVE even if they don’t necessarily have the convenience of the controls that come on the adapter.
Naturally, Microsoft isn’t ready to talk about the new Xbox One with E3 just ten days away.
“We’re gearing up for an exciting E3 where we’ll showcase more games and experiences,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Engadget. “We have nothing further to share at this time.”
Don’t expect Sony to stand pat with the PlayStation 4 due to the tremendous sales success the console has enjoyed so far in the console war. Two new versions of the console were recently spotted in an SEC filing (image above). One features a 500GB hard drive while the other lists a 1TB hard drive.
There is plenty of speculation floating around about where Sony will price the two new PS4 consoles. A price drop of some kind seems likely with the introduction of a new model. However, Sony isn’t exactly struggling for sales right now as its console has a dominant market leading position in Europe.
What do you think of a new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 with larger hard drives? Sound off in the comments below.
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