Xbox One Permanent Price Drop

Effective immediately, the standard 500 GB Xbox One has been given a price drop to $349 USD, Microsoft announced today. Would-be Xbox owners who still want to pay the original price, however, will again get that option when Microsoft releases a new 1 TB model of its games console for $399 on June 16 in the United States and later this month in additional “select markets.”

On top of more storage space, the new SKU will also feature a matte black finish, a USB 3.0 drive and the oft-rumored new Xbox One game controller. This new controller features retooled bumpers, the ability to receive wireless firmware updates and a new 3.5 mm headset jack that will allow gamers to plug headphones directly into their controllers.

The new console will come bundled with Halo: The Master Chief Collection for a limited time in select regions.

With the new Xbox gamepad in hand, gamers will be able to adjust headset volume, mic monitoring and in-game voice and game audio balance through the Xbox One’s Settings menu. Microsoft also said that headset audio quality will be improved and the max volume level will be increased. All previously released controller accessories will function with the new pad, including the Stereo Headset Adapter, which puts headset audio controls at players’ fingertips.

The controller’s bumpers have been “fine-tuned” for “a more consistent performance” regardless of where players press along their surface.

The new controller will arrive at retailers later this month as a standalone black unit or as the silver and black camouflage Spcieal Edition Covert Forces Wireless Controller. Both versions will sell for $64.99.

Microsoft also revealed that, starting this fall, the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows will go on sale for $24.99 and will let gamers use Xbox One controllers to play games on Windows 10 desktops, laptops and tablets. The adapter will also be available bundled with wireless controllers for $79.95 and can be plugged into USB 2.0 or 3.0 ports of Windows 10 devices.

Source: Xbox Wire