Microsoft slashes Xbox One price to $249 in U.S.

Gaming / Xbox

Just ahead of the Xbox One S console launch, Microsoft has slashed the original Xbox One price to $249USD in the U.S. for a limited time.

The $249 deal applies to the Xbox One 500GB Console – Name Your Game bundle, which also nets you your choice of Forza Motorsport 6Rise of the Tomb RaiderGears of War: Ultimate Edition, or Rare Replay. While not officially announced, we noticed a few deals on other Xbox One bundles as well. These included:

We’re not sure if these are part of the sale, or how long these deals will last, so if you’re on the fence about picking one up, now’s a great time.

Before you start in on “why wouldn’t you wait for the Xbox One S?,” there’s a number of reasons why an original Xbox One would suit you just fine. First off, if you don’t have — or plan on getting — a 4K TV, then that’s one feature of the Xbox One S you won’t be able to take advantage of. If space isn’t a concern — the Xbox One S is 40% smaller, then that’s another reason to save up to $250 (remember, the Xbox One S 2TB edition will be retailing for $399USD at launch). If hard drive storage space is a concern, while 2TB is nice, you can also pick up an external USB 3.0 drive to bump up your storage and still come in cheaper than an Xbox One S. The bonus to that is you can then also take your drive to a friend’s house and plug into his/her Xbox One and play right away without having to download or install your games to their console. Finally, if you’re thinking about picking up Kinect, you’ll need to also purchase an adapter for it to work with the Xbox One S which will add extra cost later. While it does look like Microsoft is leaving Kinect in the dust, even the simple voice control and auto-login features are very convenient, not to mention there are a few decent and fun Kinect games out there.

Are you going to be taking advantage of one of these great deals for an Xbox One, or are you holding out for the Xbox One S or Project Scorpio? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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