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Xbox One gets $349 permanent price drop; announces 1TB SKU with new controller

Microsoft has announced its standard 500GB console has received a permanent price drop, while also announcing a new 1TB console that features a new wireless controller.


Microsoft has announced a new SKU for its Xbox One that will feature a 1TB hard drive, a newly-designed Xbox One wireless controller that has a 3.5mm stereo headset jack, and a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

The Xbox One 1TB console will start shipping to retailers on June 16 in the US and will be available starting at $399. As a result, standard Xbox One 500GB consoles will have now have a permanent price drop of $349.

The new Xbox One wireless controller’s 3.5mm headset jack allows users to plug in their favorite gaming headset right into it, making the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter essentially obsolete. The quality of audio coming through the controller has also been improved as well as increasing the maximum audio volume on headsets. Aside from audio improvements, the new Xbox One controller has fine-tuned bumpers to offer more consistent performance anywhere along its surface, and most importantly, wireless firmware updates will now be possible. The controller will be available in black and a new camouflage design in silver and black.

Microsoft also mentions it will be releasing its Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows this fall as a standalone product at $24.99 or bundled with an Xbox One Wireless Controller for $79.95. The adapter allows those with an Xbox One controller to use it wirelessly on their Windows 10 PCs, laptops, and tablets. There’s no mention of Windows 8, so we’ve reached out to Microsoft to clarify if the adapter will be compatible.

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      June 9, 2015 7:06 AM

      So $299 by this fall.

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        June 9, 2015 10:28 AM

        Heck, Costco's been running it for $350 for a while. So, I would assume that $299 is coming to their members even sooner than that.

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      June 9, 2015 8:05 AM

      This is a really sweet price drop

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        June 9, 2015 8:15 AM

        But it's not a price drop? Hasn't it been $349 since the holidays, aside from like, a week or two in Jan/Feb where they briefly raised it before realizing that was a mistake?

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          June 9, 2015 8:17 AM

          I dunno thought it was 400, I don't keep up with console prices a

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            June 9, 2015 8:23 AM

            Yeah, the pushed it down to $349 to try and compete back in the Fall, claimed it was temporary, and it's basically been permanent since then. This is just them making it official.

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              June 9, 2015 8:57 AM

              no, I think they did actually raise it back to $399 for a short time after the promotion ended and then "temporarily" dropped it to $349 again but never brought it back up.

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                June 9, 2015 9:01 AM

                I think it was all of 2 or 3 weeks, they saw the numbers, and then lowered the price again.

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            June 9, 2015 8:52 AM

            It was $350 with a 3 game bundle and certain places like at best buy would give you a $50 gift certificate.

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              June 9, 2015 8:59 AM

              that plus the $100 trade in credit you could get at the MS stores was such a fantastic deal. and I think there was some other small discount on top of those during Black Friday sales because I swear my total walking out was $229.

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      June 9, 2015 9:04 AM

      So will the new controller only ship with the new SKU or replace the old one in all SKU's? I'm not sure that the larger HDD is that enticing since you can just plug in a USB3 HDD and expand the storage easily.

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      June 9, 2015 10:33 AM

      No change announced for the SKU's that include Kinect? Currently, retailers are still charging $499 which was the original price at launch in Nov. 2013. And how about the Kinect stand-alone unit? Still $150? Seriously, Microsoft?

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