Mi­crosoft beefs up Xbox ahead of ma­jor Elec­tronic En­ter­tain­ment oc­ca­sion

The China Post - - ARTS -

Mi­crosoft on Tues­day un­veiled an Xbox One con­sole with dou­ble the mem­ory space that will hit the mar­ket as the Elec­tronic En­ter­tain­ment Expo (E3) video game ex­trav­a­ganza gets un­der way next week.

The new Xbox One model boasts a ter­abyte of space that will likely ap­peal to play­ers who are in­creas­ingly in­stalling games as dig­i­tal down­loads in­stead of opt­ing for disks.

Mi­crosoft’s move came amid ru­mors that ri­val Sony plans to show off a new one-ter­abyte PlaySta­tion 4 at a me­dia event slated to take place Mon­day evening be­fore the E3 show floor opens the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

“Since Xbox One launched, one of the most fre­quent re­quests from fans is to add more stor­age to their con­soles,” said Mi­crosoft’s Larry Hryb, who blogs for the Xbox team us­ing the gamer name “Ma­jor Nel­son.”

He an­nounced that Xbox One 1TB will be priced at US$399 when it be­gins ship­ping on June 16 to re­tail­ers in the United States and se­lect mar­kets.

Cur­rent model Xbox One con­soles with 500 gi­ga­bytes of stor­age will re­main US$349, which was a US$50 price cut that had been billed as tem­po­rary.

The new Xbox One will come with an im­proved con­troller, ac­cord­ing to Hryb.

Mi­crosoft also said that later this year it will begin sell­ing a US$25 adapter that will al­low con­trollers to be used for Xbox-style play on per­sonal com­put­ers pow­ered by the com­ing Win­dows 10 op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

Hryb promised that Mi­crosoft would show off a stel­lar line-up of Xbox games at E3 next week.

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