Microsoft pronounces new $350, 1TB Carbon Black Xbox Collection S

Enlarge / The “Carbon Black” Collection S, seen alongside the unique console.


As a lot as we just like the Xbox Collection S as an affordable however highly effective, all-digital entry level into the Xbox console ecosystem, the machine’s 500GB of onboard storage can appear paltry when downloading and putting in immediately’s huge video games. And whereas we like how the system’s high-speed storage reduces load occasions, it additionally implies that increasing the storage could be costly.

That is all preamble for immediately’s announcement of the Carbon Black Xbox Collection S, a model of the console with a full 1TB of storage and a $349.99 MSRP. That is about $30 lower than you’ll pay for the usual, 512GB Xbox Collection S and an extra 512GB enlargement card nowadays.

Other than that storage capability, the Carbon Black console—which is able to launch worldwide on September 1—options the identical {hardware} energy as the unique Collection S. On the skin, although, the low-end console now is available in a brushed black end like its bigger Collection X cousin. The design evolution brings to thoughts the Xbox 360 period, the place the white launch consoles had been ultimately supplemented with a shiny black redesign and extra storage years after launch.

All three members of the
Enlarge / All three members of the “Xbox Collection” household.


At a roundtable dialogue this weekend, Microsoft Head of Xbox Phil Spencer mentioned the corporate acknowledges that “for some folks across the planet $500 is an excessive amount of for a console” and that the value level for the Collection S may carry extra folks into the console ecosystem. On the identical time, he mentioned the corporate has heard numerous suggestions on the boundaries of the 512GB storage capability and the expense of increasing it.

Regardless of an elevated deal with PC video games lately, Spencer additionally mentioned that Microsoft “stays dedicated to that [console] fashion of play and the pillar that’s for our model.”

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