Xbox One gets Australian price cut at E3 2016
During today’s Microsoft E3 2016 press conference keynote, the games industry giant announced new consoles and price drops for its existing Xbox One range.
You’d be forgiven for not being up at 2.30am to watch Microsoft’s press conference last night, but perhaps the biggest story to drop was the reveal of new consoles for the rapidly expanding range of Xbox home entertainment offerings. We’ve already covered the announcements of the Xbox One S and the mysterious Project Scorpio, which sounds like an Xbox 3.5. However, we also have some news on some changes to pricing of the current Xbox One consoles here in Australia.
As of today, the base level 500GB Xbox One is selling at a recommended retail price of $399, with the 1TB Xbox One now available for $499. In our opinion, it’s a weak drop, with the Xbox One S – packing a much slimmer profile and a 2TB hard-drive – set to retail for $549.95 in August. Why would you not just wait for that? In a matter of weeks you can get loads of benefits for an extra $50. With that said, the cheaper 500GB Xbox One does come with a bundled game or two of your preference. Here are the bundles Microsoft is selling at $399:
- Xbox One 500GB + Kinect + Dance Central Spotlight, Kinect Sports Rivals and Zoo Tycoon
- Xbox One 500GB + Forza 6 or Rise of the Tomb Raider or Gears of War: Ultimate Edition or Rare Replay
- Xbox One 500GB Gears of War Ultimate Edition Bundle with bonus multiplayer skin
It’s worth noting that you will fill up your hard drive space at a considerable speed, too, given that every game – even those you own on disc – must be installed to play, and games can have install sizes in excess of 40GB, especially the larger blockbusters. However, it is also worth noting that you can use an external hard drive to increase your storage space, and you may be able to pick up more than 500GB for the $100 charged by Microsoft if you wanted to get the base unit.
Sony’s press conference begins at 11am AEST today so we’ll know shortly whether the PlayStation 4 will follow suit with its own price cut. Sony is also expected to announce its own Project Scorpio equivalent, which beefs up the PlayStation 4’s power to help it compete in the coming virtual reality space, and against the Nintendo NX launching in 2017.
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