December 1, 2023

As the vacation season is getting nearer, Microsoft introduced at this time a brand new $299 Xbox Sequence S Starter bundle that shall be obtainable beginning October 31. It features a white Xbox Sequence S console with 512GB of storage, an Xbox controller, and three months of Xbox Recreation Move Final ($50 worth).

The bottom Xbox Sequence S with 512GB of storage (it’s really 364GB of usable storage) remains to be priced at $299.99, so this bundle just about offers you 3 months of Xbox Recreation Move Final without spending a dime. And Microsoft’s recreation subscription service remains to be of nice worth with a whole lot of video games to play on Xbox (and PC), entry to on-line multiplayer and Xbox Cloud Gaming, and a few unique in-game content material each month.

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Microsoft’s advertising and marketing ploy with the Xbox Sequence S is that it affords “the most effective worth in gaming.” The console helps the identical options because the $499 Xbox Sequence X, together with Fast Resume, 120 FPS, and ray-tracing, although recreation builders who take some time to assist these options on the Sequence S are fairly uncommon.

The Xbox Sequence remains to be a fantastic little console if in case you have no want for a disc drive and don’t obsess about 4K graphics and framerates. Nonetheless, the 512GB of storage (once more, it’s really simply 364GB) is a tricky promote in 2023 when video games like Starfield, Name of Responsibility: Warzone, or Forza Motorsport want over 100GB of storage. Be ready to spend money on an exterior USB drive or a proprietary storage enlargement card if you wish to actually take pleasure in your console.

In any other case, Microsoft has not too long ago launched the brand new $349.99 Xbox Sequence S Carbon Black with 1TB of storage, which I believe is healthier worth. Nonetheless, this console doesn’t embody 3 free months of Recreation Move Final.