Xbox One Elite console releasing in Nov. with 1TB SSHD and Elite Controller

Microsoft has revealed it will be launching an Xbox One Elite console this September as well as a new wireless controller.

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Microsoft has announced its Xbox One Elite Bundle as well as a new wireless controller will be available in time for this holiday season.

We caught wind of the Xbox One Elite Bundle back in June as Walmart accidentally created a listing for it. The Xbox One Elite Bundle comes with a 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive, which allows users to launch their console from energy-saving mode up to 20% faster than its standard drive. The bundle also includes an Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller and will retail for $499 when it launches this November.

Microsoft has also revealed a new wireless controller, the Lunar White Wireless Controller. The controller features a white and gold color scheme and an improved grip texture. The controller will be sold exclusively at GameStop in late September and will retail for $64.99.

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    August 31, 2015 7:01 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Xbox One Elite console releasing in Nov. with 1TB SSHD and Elite Controller

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      August 31, 2015 7:05 AM

      I like the white controller but I know how dirty they end up getting. :\

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      August 31, 2015 7:42 AM

      I read that an SSD as the "addon" drive does very little to improve performance.

      Sounds like the benefit of the SSHD is only a faster startup.

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        August 31, 2015 9:19 AM

        Now that it's an official pack in maybe Microsoft will be able to improve performance when using SSDs.

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          August 31, 2015 9:40 AM

          That's quite a generalisation. An internal SSHD (where the presumption is it's just for the OS) is quite a different thing to an external SSD over USB 3 with games on it. I doubt things will change in the latter case, it'll still provide little extra benefit.

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            August 31, 2015 1:15 PM

            I thought this was an internal SSD. Is that not the case?

            Obviously anything is going to be limited by the medium it's operating on. An SSD on USB 3.0 is going to be limited by that interface.

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              September 1, 2015 12:38 AM

              Naw. It's an HDD with a bit of flash memory on it, probably 8GB since that'll fit the OS and Seagate already make it, according to others.

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                September 1, 2015 8:42 AM

                I hadn't realized that SSHD just meant hybrid drive. I took it as a funny way to write SSD. I'm of the opinion that hybrid drive aren't worth it in the least.

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        August 31, 2015 9:22 AM

        The thought is they would load the OS on the NAND to help responsiveness there (and it really needs it)

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          August 31, 2015 9:40 AM

          You misunderstand. Putting a full 1TB SSD, all 100% SSD, not SSHD, has been shown not to help much on load times vs. a 100% magnetic spinner.

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            August 31, 2015 10:08 AM

            I didn't misunderstand anything - an SSD add-on wouldn't touch OS performance.

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        August 31, 2015 9:28 AM

        It's a hybrid ssd so it still has spinning parts. It will be faster than what was in the initial machines, but it's not like it's a full ssd.

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        August 31, 2015 9:43 AM

        That's what I remember seeing as well when someone tested it. 100% SSD doesn't really matter a lot vs. a simple spinner. But both blow away dynamic loading from DVD/BR, though.

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      August 31, 2015 7:44 AM

      No mention of nand size for SSHD. I assume it's probably 8gb, not the rare 32gb version seagate has.

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        August 31, 2015 9:27 AM

        i'm just guessing it'd be the 8gb version, since the xb1 has 8gb of RAM

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      August 31, 2015 8:01 AM

      How much longer do you feel we've got on this gen of consoles? This may be the first generation of consoles I'm completely skipping at this rate. There's just not enough to entice me to any of them and I don't have a large group of friends who are playing them either for the first time.

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        August 31, 2015 8:07 AM

        I would imagine 5-6 years.

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        August 31, 2015 8:07 AM

        You got a long while. 6+ years at least.

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        August 31, 2015 8:11 AM

        Another 7-8 years. I'd say 8 but I know somebody is going to want to try and get out there early when these things stop selling well.

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        August 31, 2015 9:22 AM

        I don't think Microsoft and especially Sony can afford to do these big hardware releases on a four to five year cycle. It's one of the reasons I don't see consoles can continue to exist the way they do.

        Microsoft has to have taken a major hit on the XBO. It's sitting well below the launch price. Even without the Kinect there is still all that wasted R&D cost.

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          August 31, 2015 9:37 AM

          And new consoles aren't really favorable to game developers either. They have to spend s lot of expense to optimize, make tools for, and release for a brand new console which has far lower ownership than the prior gen console. New consoles are expensive for everyone

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            August 31, 2015 1:13 PM

            I think moving forward this aspect will actually get much better for developers. Simply put this is bad for both Microsoft and Sony as it slows adoption as we're not very interested in the "My first next gen game" that typically gets released for the first year or two.

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        August 31, 2015 9:29 AM

        I'm hoping at least another 6-7, I mostly play my 360/ps3 at this point still. At this point in the 360/ps3 lifetime, I had mostly moved onto them as my main consoles.

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        August 31, 2015 9:30 AM

        I'd say another 9-10 years

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        August 31, 2015 9:54 AM

        Hopefully for a while, I just bought a PS4 last night!

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        August 31, 2015 10:06 AM

        I'm probably in the minority here but I still haven't picked up a new console and probably won't for a while. I'll probably end up with a PS4 but so far the only exclusive that looks great is that horrible, generically named post-apocalyptic metal dinosaur game. Until Dawn looks fun but not a system seller for me. So far this new generation is really lacking in great games I need to play. Steam has opened up the PC for so many new releases that I still don't see the need to invest in a new console yet.

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          August 31, 2015 10:11 AM

          Same. I have a decent gaming PC and can't find a reason to buy a console. The line between PC and console is super thin right now.

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        August 31, 2015 2:42 PM

        Dunno but I'm with you on the no current consoles. I'd rather put that money into my pc. I know I'm missing a lot of great games but it's not like pc only games isn't more than enough to totally stuff my backlog.

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      August 31, 2015 8:10 AM

      Every time I see the d-pad on that controller I think it's a censored mosaic pattern haha.

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      August 31, 2015 8:16 AM

      If anyone would like cheap games or controllers, this is the perfect place, Black Ops III for instance for only 30,-, it's a certified site and you can safe up to 40 bucks on a game: https://www.g2a.com/r/surenderf8

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      August 31, 2015 9:35 AM

      lol at spanish translation on 1TB Hybrid Drive. that shit's a paragraph long.

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      August 31, 2015 9:38 AM

      I tried an Elite pad this weekend. The hand triggers are nifty but only for CoD nutters - racing fanatics will have a wheel anyway rather than paddle shifters on the pad.

      The octagon dpad is also kinda pointless. Looks cool, but only useful for fighting games, and again fans of that genre will have a stick. For regular use it feels too wobbly and weird. Plus pad fo life.

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        August 31, 2015 9:42 AM

        That said, it sounds like it's pre-ordering really well. Guesses for how long until Sony follows suit?

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      August 31, 2015 9:44 AM

      Just did some Googling and you basically have to void your warranty to upgrade the XBO's internal hard drive. I mean, using an USB 3.0 external isn't a big deal to me, but I know some people don't want an external HDD dangling from their system.

      I just don't understand their aversion to making it user upgradeable.

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        August 31, 2015 9:55 AM

        Microsoft has always been about proprietary shit with their consoles, it's infuriating.

        Sony does normal bluetooth controllers, MS needs a fucking dongle.
        Sony lets you swap HDDs, MS welds the fucker shut.
        Sony has had Micro USB forever, Microsoft only recently switched
        Sony has used standard power plugs forever
        MS changed the kettle lead on every single revision of the 360 power brick for no reason

        I'm NOT a Sony fanboy despite how the above might seem, I bought both on the same day and love their games for different reasons. Sony deserves shit for other reasons (poorer OS and gaming network), but they're at least MUCH better at using standard plugs etc and letting you swap out the HDD.

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          August 31, 2015 9:56 AM

          * microusb on their pads that is. The play and charge kit on the 360 was such a farcical rip off.

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            August 31, 2015 10:08 AM

            Agreed, Sony even let you install your own OS on the PS3 for a while!

            One thing I do prefer about MS controllers though, is that they use standard batteries. I know a lot of people like the built-in batteries in the DS controllers, but I like being able to switch out used up batteries with a pair of freshly charged ones whenever I need to.

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              August 31, 2015 2:31 PM

              Oh, yes, that's definitely one thing in MS favour. I like using rechargeables that I can replace, whereas PS3/4 pads are gonna be useless without cables given enough charge cycles.

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          August 31, 2015 10:23 AM

          True but Sony basically killed their own portables by requiring crazy expensive propietary memory cards.

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            August 31, 2015 1:01 PM

            Oh yeah, the Vita memory cards are fucking disgustingly expensive. I got a 16gb for like 20 bucks on a sale, luckily that's more than enough space for me.

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              August 31, 2015 2:33 PM

              I got mine in Japan where it's cheaper but it was still rip off bux. 64GB so enough to last a lifetime though in fact I doubt I'll ever fill it even with PSN+.

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            August 31, 2015 2:32 PM

            Also true, definite stupid annoying strike against them. They're still desperate to establish new storage formats after the floppy disk and (to a massively lesser extent) bluray.

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          August 31, 2015 10:31 AM

          Yeah, I wouldn't brag much about the Bluetooth DS controllers.

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        August 31, 2015 2:13 PM

        uhhhh, Microsoft supports literally the only method their userbase should actually be using to upgrade a hard drive. At no point should an end user EVER be opening up a console and trying to reinstall an OS on a new drive. Jesus. The 360/XBone solution is literally plug-and-play, and it has the advantage of letting you take all your games to a friend's house too without having to juggle discs and reinstalling shit. The end-user-experience of the external harddrive is sooooooooo much better than using an internal drive.

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          August 31, 2015 2:35 PM

          I disagree. It's a piece of cake to upgrade the internal drive on the PS3/4. They should support both options.

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            August 31, 2015 2:58 PM

            lol no. It's not difficult for you or me to perform the upgrade, but it is fantastically beyond the capabilities of 99% of the console marketplace, not to mention that you have to actually plug the drive into a PC first(!) to install the new OS on it.

            The XBox process can be done by literally anyone, you don't even have to turn off the machine to do it, and it's literally plug-and-play. Plus there's never any warranty doubt as to whether or not you damaged the console.

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              August 31, 2015 3:02 PM

              You didn't have to plug the drive into a PC for the PS3, do you have to for the PS4?

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                August 31, 2015 3:19 PM

                sorry, you need a separate thumb drive to put the PS4 OS onto (by using a PC)

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                  September 1, 2015 12:42 AM

                  So they ask their nerd friend or relative to help. Still haven't heard a good reason not to support both options yet, more importantly.

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      August 31, 2015 11:43 AM

      The black controller has a crazy D-Pad I want to try it out.

      Cool, I wish it was 2 TB, but really with external HDD support I don't think it matters at all.

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        August 31, 2015 2:37 PM

        The new d-pad looks cool but sucks IMO dude, I tried it at an event this weekend. It's for fighting games mainly, so great for combos needing down/diagonal/up rolls, but wobbly and weird for any other genre. Fighting game people use sticks anyway though, so it's just for show TBH.

        The triggers are kinda cool but really only for obsessive Halo or CoD players.

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          August 31, 2015 2:39 PM

          That isn't true, there are several fighting game pros that use regular controllers, Snake Eyez being one.

          Thankfully the dpad has options so you can go back to a regular dpad.

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            August 31, 2015 2:43 PM

            Ah, fair enough then. And yeah, you can switch back, there are currently only the octagon and + d-pad options though. The sticks are all the same design/texture, they're just different heights. I'm sure they'll release extra plug in shit if there's the demand though.

            The paddles underneath are the coolest bit, you can plug them in to be front/back facing, and they were cool for paddle shifting in Forza when I tried it out (though again anyone driving with manual gears should probably consider a wheel instead of a pricey pad).

            It's a nice bit of kit. Extortionate, but still cheaper than the third party ones at least.

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              August 31, 2015 3:24 PM

              Almost everything about the elite controller is designed for FPS games except the octagon dpad. The trigger stops are going to be great in FPS games that have no auto rifles such as destiny w/ pulse rifles and scout rifles. Also the triggers on the bottom will be great for aiming while jumping without having to move your hands off the stick.

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                September 1, 2015 12:43 AM

                Indeed. It just seems like MS is trying to target a wider variety of games than that eg by demoing it with Forza at this event last weekend. Seems pointless to target anyone but shooter players IMO.

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          August 31, 2015 2:43 PM

          Hmm damn I thought it could be possibly amazing, cool about how it is for fighters but most of us have the Arcade sticks.

          Hmmm well if my local Best Buy gets it by its self I may score one.

          Thanks for the heads up man.

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      August 31, 2015 1:30 PM

      500$ is expansive. That controller is hot though. I'd buy one for the PS4. 150$ is a little pricy though.

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        August 31, 2015 2:40 PM

        I almost guarantee Sony will follow suit with their own pro pad, especially now they have the CoD deal. It sounds like that pad is already pre-ordering really well for MS.

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        August 31, 2015 4:08 PM

        i'm hoping to see the face button trigger things become standard practice. maybe not worth triple the price, but it's a good idea.