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Microsoft has seen its fair share of ups and downs since Xbox One launched in November, 2013. Although it hit store shelves with a limited selection of titles and a higher price tag than Sony’s PlayStation 4, it’s come a long way since that initial debut. Console exclusives such as Rise of the Tomb Raider and Halo 5: Guardians now provide both casual and die-hard gamers with experiences they can’t find anywhere else, and remastered editions of blockbusters like Grand Theft Auto further bolster the console’s appeal with vivid visuals and next-gen gameplay.
Microsoft recently revealed the Xbox One S, a slimmer, slightly more powerful iteration of its flagship console. Fortunately, that means new Xbox One S bundles for enthusiasts looking to upgrade, and price drops on the classic Xbox One models for those that don’t care about 4K resolution.
Xbox One Elite (1TB) ($350+)
The Xbox One Elite Console is the latest iteration of Microsoft’s Xbox One, and as such, offers features that the original system lacked. It’s the only gaming system built with a solid state drive, meaning it’s designed to jump into games quicker and fetch data faster. The larger capacity also provides additional room for storing your favorite Xbox One and 360 games, while the bundled Elite Wireless Controller gives you ample customization in the form of thumbsticks, paddles, D-pads, and a wealth of other swappable components tailored to give you more accuracy and precision when gaming.
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The last-gen Gears of War was a standout for all sorts of reasons, mostly due to its compelling single-player campaign and addicting online play, both of which benefited from a superb use of narrative and sound. The Ultimate Edition takes those same hallmarks and outfits them with 1080p visuals and frame rates that breath new life into a nine-year-old title. Although Target offered the go-to Gears bundle on Black Friday — the company previously offered a $60 gift card alongside your console purchase — a wealth of stores now offer the bundle at a $50 discount in an effort to compete with Microsoft’s Spring Sale. However, Microsoft still offers the best deal, considering you also land a copy of Assassin’s Creed: Unity, The Crew, or Watch Dogs with your purchase. There’s never been a better time to wield a virtual chainsaw.
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Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition (2TB) | Gears of War 4 | All Xbox 360 Gears of War games ($450)
The remastered Gears of War: Ultimate Edition was just an appetizer for the main course: the hotly-anticipated fourth sequel to Epic Games’ genre-defining third-person shooter. Epic has passed the reins for this latest entry to Microsoft-owned studio The Coalition, which cut its teeth on the recent remastered edition of the first game. On top of the new game and a badass, blood-red console with matching controller, the bundle also includes digital access to the entire Xbox 360 catalog of Gears games, which were among the first classics made available for the Xbox One’s backward compatibility.
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It wouldn’t be an Xbox without Halo. Halo 5: Guardians is the series’ biggest entry yet, bringing its cinematic campaign and explosive multiplayer to a whole new epic scale. The bundle also comes with a digital copy of The Master Chief Collection, which features remastered versions of the first four games in the franchise. Whether you’re a nostalgic fan looking to relive their favorite gaming memories or series neophyte who looking to catch up on the Master Chief’s galaxy-spanning saga, there’s no better way to break in a new Xbox than strapping on your power armor and blasting some Covenant goons.
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