A million megabytes for mayhem – Microsoft launches 1 terabyte Xbox One

Alex Yau
June 10, 2015

A brand new Xbox One with double the storage and a slightly different design is launching next week.

The new Xbox One console will come with 1TB of internal storage and will launch on June 16 in the US. All this means that the new model will have twice as much storage as the previous model. A matte finish has also been added across the top of the new model instead of the half-glossy finish that coated the previous console. It will set customers back $399 (around £258) and, for a limited time only, Microsoft will chuck in Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

This news should please hardcore gamers. Digital game downloads are becoming increasingly popular and you even have the option to download disc-based games to console hard drives. Your console’s hard drive can be filled up rather quickly by these downloads, and 1TB of space should provide gamers with enough room for downloads.

With the release of the new 1TB console, older 500GB versions of the Xbox One are now cheaper. They will now set you back $349 (about £225) as opposed to the previous $399 (about £258) price tag.

This new announcement comes as a bit of a surprise, even if a listing on Amazon last week hinted at a change. New consoles and product additions are normally announced at the E3 Gaming Expo in Los Angeles. Sony is rumoured to announcing a 1TB edition of the PlaySation 4 at E3 next week.

New Xbox One controller

Microsoft has also announced an Xbox One wireless controller update. The new controller will ship out with all Xbox Ones and will come with a 3.5mm stereo headset jack, which was absent from previous versions of the controller. This means users can pick whatever headset they want to use with the console, rather than being restricted to those that only plug into the Xbox One’s micro-USB port.

Do you think a 1TB version of the Xbox One is a good addition? Let us know in the comments below. 

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