Microsoft’s E3 Reveals Lots of New Hardware, But What’s the Price for Canadians?
Three types of Xbox One S, various controllers, and is Project Scorpio right for you?
Earlier this week, Microsoft held their briefing for the 2016 Electronic Entertainment Expo. If you happened to see some of what was revealed through, say, my Top 5 Moments on PoisonMushroom.Org (or, you know, any of many other bigger outlets), then you know there was a lot of talk about not only games and playing across both Xbox One and Windows 10, but also numerous new hardware announcements as well.
Ah, but how much does it cost? When it comes to the Canadian dollar, that’s something you’ll have a harder time finding on a lot of the bigger sites. Fortunately, I’ve got you covered.
With a Holiday 2017 release planned, Project Scorpio is still too far off to have a price tag yet, but you’re going to need to add the price of a 4K Ultra High Definition television to it for it to matter. “Clearly, you can buy Scorpio, and if and when you decide you want to buy a 4K television to take advantage of the increased performance, obviously the console will be ready for you,” Xbox head Phil Spencer told IGN. Otherwise, you’re going to want what is being positioned as the cheaper Xbox One S instead.
So, how much is the Xbox One S? As always, it depends on what you want. A 500GB model can be had for $399 CAD, while a full 1TB goes for $449. If you want to go all-out with 2TB, then a limited launch edition version will be available “in select markets” for $499 CAD. All three models will go on sale in August 2016, and you can pre-order now.
Outside of the varying hard drive space, what your money will get you is a console that is 40 percent smaller in size and features an internal power supply. And while it won’t play games in 4K Ultra HD, that’s not an issue for Blu-ray movies and such content streamed from the likes of Netflix. Plus, if you’re someone who has a keen eye for copious amounts of colors, High Dynamic Range (HDR) support is also a part of the deal, to deliver “richer, more luminous colors in games like Gears of War 4.”
If you’re in the market for a new controller, Xbox has you covered there, too, with their new Wireless Controller. “We’ve enhanced comfort with a textured grip and introduced a sleek, streamlined design in white,” says the press release. “Added Bluetooth radio gives you easy wireless connection to your Windows 10 PCs and tablets.” Also available in August, this bad boy is $74.99 CAD — $10 more than the normal price.
Should you prefer something in the “Elite” category, a limited edition Gears of War 4 version of the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller has been developed in tandem with The Coalition and features a battle-weathered design with laser-etched claw marks, “telling the survival story of a confrontation with the Swarm.” These will be available for $249.99 CAD in early October, but are going to be very limited in quantity. Select retailers have already opened pre-orders.
Finally, Microsoft has opened up the Xbox Design Lab so that you can customize your very own controller in one of more than 8 million color variations, which consist of choices for the controller’s front, back, thumbsticks, Dpad, bumper/shoulder buttons, and ABXY buttons. A standard custom controller will run you $99.99 CAD. For $14.99 more, you can even get a laser engraving added that has your very own name, Gamertag, or special message across the bottom.
To close out, here are two (unnamed, I’m open to suggestions) designs I whipped up when I had a moment:
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