Microsoft registers 'unprecedented demand' for Xbox One S

The special edition featuring a 2TB hard drive is already sold out, but more bundles are on the way.

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Heading into this week's annual Gamescom event, Microsoft touted the success of its sleeker Xbox One S console and promised that more systems bundled with games are on the way.

"We’ve seen unprecedented demand for Xbox One S across Europe and around the world, and today, we announced two new bundles for FIFA fans in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S.," wrote Aaron Greenberg, general manager of games marketing at Xbox.

Although Greenberg did not disclose sales numbers, other reports back up his claim. Eurogamer reported last Thursday that Microsoft had sold through its stock of special editions of the Xbox One S sporting a 2TB hard drive. The manufacturer has no plans to restock that model. Instead, forthcoming bundles with include a game and a hard drive of varying size.

"With the Xbox One S FIFA 17 Bundle – available with a 500GB or 1TB hard drive – EA Sports delivers the next installment of the biggest-selling sporting franchise in the world with exclusive content in FIFA Ultimate Team for Xbox fans."

Microsoft aims to release its Xbox One S FIFA package this September.

If soccer isn't your thing, other Xbox One S packages should fit the bill. As of August 23, next Tuesday, you'll be able to pick up a bundle that includes Madden NFL 17 and a 1TB hard drive for $350; and two bundles that pack in Halo 5 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. One will come with a 500GB hard drive, while the other bumps up storage to 1TB; those will cost you $300 and $350, respectively.

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