Microsoft declares 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 inexpensive 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 in the present day’s huge video games. And whereas we like how the system’s high-speed storage reduces load occasions, it additionally signifies that increasing the storage may be costly.

That is all preamble for in the present day’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’d pay for the usual, 512GB Xbox Collection S and a further 512GB enlargement card today.

Apart from 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 have 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 stated the corporate acknowledges that “for some folks across the planet $500 is an excessive amount of for a console” and that the worth level for the Collection S may deliver extra folks into the console ecosystem. On the identical time, he stated the corporate has heard a number of suggestions on the bounds of the 512GB storage capability and the expense of increasing it.

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

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