Microsoft has evidently had quite the busy holiday season, but the company clearly has no intention of slowing down: today, Microsoft has announced the first two Xbox One S bundle deals of 2017. Microsoft is hoping that gamers still on the fence about picking up the Xbox One S will be swayed by bundles including either Halo Wars 2 or Forza Horizon 3, combined with a solid price point of $350. These bundles will go on sale February 17, 2017.
The $350 Halo Wars 2 bundle includes a 1 terabyte Xbox One S console and the aforementioned RTS title’s ultimate edition, which will grant gamers 4 days of early access, a season pass, and a bonus copy of Halo Wars: Definitive Edition. The bundle also includes a standard Xbox One wireless controller and a 14 day Gold membership for Xbox Live so that gamers can get a taste of what programs like Games With Gold can offer.
If real-time strategy isn’t one’s forte, the simultaneous Forza Horizon 3 bundle comes in at two price points: $300 for the 500GB Xbox One S console edition, and $350 for the 1TB edition. A Play Anywhere download of Forza Horizon 3 comes with the bundle as expected, alongside the Xbox One wireless controller and the standard 14 day Xbox Live Gold membership.
The Xbox One S is a solid option for gamers who are looking to enjoy 4K blu-ray support on their home console, something that the original Xbox One doesn’t offer. The smaller Xbox One S comes in at 40% of the size of the original console, and features an internal power supply to minimize the mess of cables one usually has hidden behind their entertainment center.
The latest Xbox One S bundles from Microsoft put the console’s price point right around the $300 mark that the Nintendo Switch will cost when it launches this March, and having bundled games thrown into the mix is icing on the figurative cake. 2017 is slated to be a dramatic year for console sales with all of the big three companies pushing new content: Nintendo has the Switch; Sony has the PS4 Pro; and Microsoft has the upcoming Project Scorpio.
Recently, Microsoft has promised to keep taking risks despite the recent cancellation of Scalebound. The company is poised to enjoy some highly anticipated exclusives this year, including games like Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, and the recently-bundled Halo Wars 2.
What do you think about the new Xbox One S bundles, Ranters? Are you swayed by the latest offerings?