It’s that time of the year when we start refocusing our personal gadget buying to buying gadgets for others. Department stores started a couple months ago here, already adorned with Christmas decorations and playing holiday seasoned Musak through the ceiling tiles.
Microsoft is getting ready, too. Not only will the company announce new hardware devices next week (I’ll be in NYC for the launch, btw), but it’s also prepping the masses for new Xbox One bundles.
Today the company has taken wraps off a new Xbox One 1TB bundle, set to be available in October. The company hasn’t attached a solid date, just that it will be available starting in October, but Amazon outs the date as October 27, 2015. But, an Xbox One by itself, isn’t exactly considered a bundle, so the company is throwing in three games: Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Rare Replay, and Ori and the Blind Forest.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition - Remastered in 1080P and modernized for Xbox One including support for 7.1 Surround Sound. Also includes access to the entire Xbox 360 Gears of War collection to play on Xbox One at no additional cost if you play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox Live before 12/31/2015.
Rare Replay - 30 iconic games, including: Jetpac, Lunar Jetman, Battletoads, Battletoads Arcade, Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts and others.
Ori and the Blind Forest (download only) - Featuring hand-painted artwork, meticulously animated character performance, and a fully orchestrated score, "Ori and the Blind Forest" explores a deeply emotional story about love and sacrifice, and the hope that exists in us all.
The bundle will cost $399 US. You can pre-order today on Amazon.com: Xbox One 1TB Console
Incidentally, I own the 500GB console and to prepare for the Christmas season, today I snagged a 5GB external drive (Seagate Expansion 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0). 500GB fills up too quickly. I’ll be reviewing that after it arrives.