Microsoft is no stranger to producing successful results with its Xbox One system bundles, packaging them with a number of extras, including special editions with games such as Sunset Overdrive and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. With its latest bundle, however, it doesn t just pack in a particular game it packs in a way to change how players could game.
Per its Xbox Wire page, the company has announced a new Xbox One Elite bundle, which features a number of tweaks that make it the most advance console it s sold to date. The system includes a 1TB hybrid SSD/hard drive, which optimizes system performance so you can get to the action up to 20 percent faster from energy-saving mode. In addition, it also comes with an Xbox One Elite controller, which was announced earlier this year at E3. With it, players can tweak their game performance with a number of customizable options, including interchangeable paddles, further customization with the Xbox Accessories app, Hair Trigger Locks and high-performance construction to provide an unparalleled experience every time you game.
This is one of the few instances where a company has sold a game bundle based more on hardware optimization than a special bundle, although Microsoft will still have those available as well, including specially designed systems based on forthcoming releases like Forza Motorsport 6 and Halo 5: Guardians, both due this holiday season.
In addition, if successful, this upgrade could very well be seen in all Xbox One consoles moving forward, since the additional hard drive space (compared to the usual 500GB that most systems come with) would be convenient for gameplay, and the promise of enhanced speed with loading could convince a few skeptics to give it a shot. The only question is the price, as the bundle will sell for $499 much higher than the usual $349-$399 the system has been selling for. Of course, the Elite controller by itself will be retailing for $149, so this bundle represents a pretty good deal.