Hot on the heels of last weeks rumours and Amazon leaks, Microsoft has officially announced a new model of the Xbox One which now comes with a 1tb hard drive. The new model, which comes in a matte black finish, will also include the redesigned Xbox One Wireless Controller. The main additions to this redesigned controller are a standard 3.5mm headset jack, improved bumpers and wireless firmware updates so controllers no longer need to be plugged into the console to receive updates.
The Wireless Controller is also reported to have improved audio, with an increase to the maximum volume available. Those with controller accessories don’t need to worry, as the new controller works with all existing accessories. With regards to exact improvements to the bumpers, Xbox Wire reports that they have been fine-tuned so that no matter where along the bumpers you press, you get the same performance.
More internal storage has been one of the biggest requests for the Xbox One since it launched in November 2013, and US residents will be able to pick up the new model for $399 ERP on June 16. In addition to this, the current 500gb Xbox One will be permanently reduced to $349 RRP. However, UK residents won’t need to wait till June 16 as they can pick up the brand new 1tb model from GAME stores today. In select regions, and only for a limited time, the new consoles will also ship with The Master Chief Collection.
For those who want the new controller but don’t fancy having to buy a whole new console, the new controller will be available to purchase in black separately for $65. A Special Edition Covert Forces camouflage controller is also being made available for $65 and can be purchased from June 16.
This launch comes as a bit of a surprise, as many did not expect the new console to be revealed until Microsoft’s E3 presentation on Monday June 15. But considering the extent of the rumours and the Amazon leak, it was probably for the best.
Major Nelson showed off the new console and controller on Xbox’s official YouTube channel:
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