Microsoft has confirmed a report from last week of a new Xbox One with a 1 TB hard drive and new controller. The new version of the console will be available next week at the existing $399 price point.

In select territories, these new consoles will also include a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection for a limited time. Included with these new units are the new controllers which weren't entirely a secret (thanks first to a support page on Microsoft's own website).

At the same time, Microsoft has dropped the price of the 500GB models. You can pick one up for $349 starting on June 16, the same day that the new 1TB models are available.

Those that opt for the new 3.5mm connection instead of the chat dongle that includes hardware controls for balance and volume will still be able to adjust those settings. The settings menu will have all of those options.

The new controller also features improved firmware that allows it to take updates without the need for a USB connections. It will be sold separately in black and a special "Covert Forces" deco.

Microsoft also announced an adapter so you can use your Xbox One controllers wirelessly with a PC. The $24.99 dongle will be available this fall and work with Windows 10 PCs, laptops, and tablets via USB 2.0 or 3.0.

[Source: Xbox Wire]

 

Our Take
The lower price option for the remaining 500 GB consoles is necessary, but also a good competitive move. The addition of a 3.5mm port is overdue, as the chat dongle is bulky and adds weight.

Having those settings right there on the controller is great, but sometimes it's simply easier and more convenient to plug in a controller and go (for instance, if you are watching a movie late at night). I'm surprised this wasn't held for the E3 press conference, but getting it out of the way frees up valuable stage time (especially since the cat made numerous, successful attempts to escape the bag).