With Sony’s E3 press conference kicking off in less than half an hour, it’ll be interesting to see what type of answer Sony have towards Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One S – releasing later this August 31st – and the much further into the future Xbox One Project Scorpio.
As of writing, most major retailers now have the Xbox One S available for pre-order, with the “flagship” model being the 2TB Launch Edition priced at $399. (Interestingly enough, this is the only model GameStop and Microsoft Store is carrying as of now). The 40% smaller console will come in a 2TB, 1TB, and 500GB model – with pricing at $399, $349, and $299, respectively. Both those cheaper models are available at Best Buy and Amazon.
The Launch Edition mentioned above comes with a 2TB drive, Xbox One Wireless Controller, console stand, HDMI cable, AC power cable (power supply now built-in), and a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trail. We’re spotting no word on what the “Launch Edition” will entail vs. future bundles besides the Vertical Stand: which isn’t included in other models. If you note the other box covers, only the 2TB Launch Edition comes with the vertical stand. Yep…
While the $299 price point for the 500GB Xbox One S is a great list price, it’ll be interesting to see if Microsoft has unintentionally cannibalized sales on the Xbox One S given their simultaneous announcement of 2017’s Xbox One Project Scorpio – which will be more heavily compared to next year’s PlayStation Neo. While we don’t expect any major deals on the Xbox One S as August nears, we’re positive Microsoft will aggressively throw in bonuses with the console come 2016’s holiday season.