Microsoft is sweetening the deal on its Xbox One S bundles, announcing that all 1TB bundles will now feature the addition of a free game of the buyer’s choosing. The announcement was made today via the Xbox Wire blog, revealing that bundles including the Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, and Halo Wars 2 Xbox One S bundles will now include an additional game. Free game examples given include Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
The Xbox One S is Microsoft’s iterative improvement over the original Xbox One, rebuilt with improved hardware and additional functionality. New features include the ability to play 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays, 4K video streaming, and HDR for supported TVs. And while the Xbox One S is effectively still just a standard Xbox One, it does show some improvement in game performance on a case by case basis.
Note that this deal is only meant for 1TB bundles of the Xbox One S and not the 500GB model bundle. It’s also probably worth mentioning that this isn’t the Xbox One X, the half-generation console releasing this fall.
While the Xbox One S plays 4K movies and streams 4K digital content, the Xbox One X renders games as high as 4K. It’s best to think of the Xbox One S as being the console of choice for those less worried about being on the cutting edge. And since both consoles will play all of the same games, there’s no push to upgrade unless that’s your agenda.
Although the Xbox One S bundle deal was just announced, it is not available on line yet. No retailers (including the Microsoft Store) are currently offering such a deal through their websites, beyond previously existing free game deals.
After speaking with the Microsoft Store customer support, the deal doesn’t appear to be enabled on the site just yet. The customer service representative that Game Rant spoke with attributed the problem to a “bug” that site staff are currently working to correct. They also recommended checking back tomorrow, as the bug would hopefully be corrected by then. It’s worth noting that the customer support representative was completely unfamiliar with the deal until it was linked to them, so there’s a chance the deal was simply published too early.