It’s been a busy week for publishers and developers alike, as a number of pre-E3 announcements have been revealed helping to get people excited for what else may be in store at the annual show. While major announcements used to be kept under lock and key in past years prior to the event, these reveals appear to be more of a marketing tool used to generate more hype for the various companies behind it.
Along with game reveals and other software based surprises, E3 has proven to be a time when Sony and Microsoft have revealed significant hardware changes, price drops, and other updates to their consoles as well. In keeping with that tradition, a rumored hard drive update for the Xbox One looks to have just been revealed thanks to a listing online.
Popular online retail site Amazon appears to have let the new hardware changes slip out early by posting and allowing users to preorder a new Xbox One SKU featuring a 1TB hard drive. Set to launch on June 15, the $400 listing also includes a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and reveals that the bundled controller features a 3.5 mm headphone jack confirming another rumor which had been circulating around the internet. It’s entirely probable that Microsoft was preparing to announce the changes and then reveal that the system is now available in stores.
The full item description listed on Amazon is as follows:
“There’s only one place to play the best exclusives and biggest blockbusters this year, like Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Forza Motorsport 6. Experience the most advanced multiplayer on Xbox Live, powered by hundreds of thousands of servers that maximize performance while reducing lag and cheating. And quickly switch back-and-forth between games, live TV, and apps. Now includes a 1TB hard drive for storing games and media, a controller with a 3.5mm headset jack, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the definitive Halo experience on Xbox One. Play through The Master Chief’s entire story with Halo Combat Evolved: Anniversary, newly remastered Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4.”
Currently, there’s no image associated with the listing, so it’s likely that fans will have to wait until E3 to see if the design of the new Xbox One has changed at all or if it remains the same.
Adding a bigger hard drive to the Xbox One shouldn’t be terribly surprising to gamers at this point as Microsoft experimented with this feature late last year in the Call of Duity: Advanced Warfare console bundle. The controller update has also been rumored for a couple weeks now, with more detailed information expected to come out during Microsoft’s press conference at E3.
One of the criticisms levied at both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at launch was the lower than expected hard drive space, although evidence has already popped up that suggests the PS4 will also be getting a 1TB model. With both consoles already housing a 500GB HDD, many players have begun to run out of space requiring the user to delete older data or find an alternative hard drive solution. As digital sales and online content continue to surge in popularity this generation, making this hardware switch is smart as it is necessary for both Microsoft and Sony.
For those of you without an Xbox One or PlayStation 4, does this news affect your purchasing decision at all?