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Microsoft slashes $50 off the Xbox One

By Shawn Knight
May 31, 2016
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  1. If Microsoft is indeed planning to unveil a new console at E3 2016, it sure isn’t doing a good job of keeping it a secret. On Tuesday, Microsoft slashed $50 off the price of its current generation Xbox One. While not quite a smoking gun, the price cut is indicative of a company looking to move inventory before a new product rollout.

    The price cut means you can now pick up an Xbox One with 500GB of storage for $299. Microsoft lists several bundles at that price including the Lego Movie bundle, two different Gears of War bundles, the special edition Quantum Break bundle and the name your game bundle in which you can choose a full game download of either Forza Motorsport 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition or Rare Replay.

    Other bundles, like the Rainbow Siege bundle, the spring bundle, the triple game bundle and the Rise of the Tomb Raider bundle all come with 1TB of storage space and will set you back $319. For a bit more coin ($349, to be exact), you can get the Kinect bundle with 500GB of storage or the Tom Clancy’s The Division bundle with a 1TB drive.

    The two high-end bundles, the Elite bundle and the Halo 5: Guardians bundle, now command $449 and $499, respectively. Both include a 1TB hard drive.

    Microsoft says the offers are only good for a limited time but doesn’t specify any other terms or conditions.

    If you’re in the market for an Xbox One, the price cut is certainly tempting. Personally, I’d wait until E3 to see what else Microsoft has in store for this year and beyond.

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  2. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,169   +577

    Pricing dipping this low already is usually an indication that a console is nearing the end of it's life-cycle. This only adds wood to the fire that is the rumors of more powerful consoles coming out in a year or so.
     
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  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,475   +2,033

    Meh! If M$ threw in a $500 cash voucher as well it could be tempting.
     
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  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,750   +1,105

    I'm not up on the industry, but do we need a more powerful console? Are the games for the One and PS4 (we're on 4, right?) already pushing the limits of what the consoles can do? Is there some new technology that can be taken advantage of, or some new processing that can't be done on current systems?

    I thought consoles were once every 5 years or so... seems like this generation is still pretty new. Hopefully the new ones will play the games from the old ones.
     
  5. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,169   +577

    It's mostly just due to their lack of power in addition to pressure from other computing devices. Microsoft and Sony not only have to worry about PC occupying the high end but also larger tablets. Tablets are designed to be very easy to use, making them a good fit for console gamers. It would look bad if some of the newer 12-15" tablets were faster than your game console.

    There's also VR to worry about, although I doubt even these upcoming consoles will be able to do it. VR could stand to be the next big thing and console manufacturers missing that would likely mean going out of business.
     

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