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Amazon confirms Microsoft's poorly-kept E3 surprises

The cat is so far out of the bag

Every company goes through the pre-E3 rumor mill. Most of them are just the subject of well-founded (or sometime ill-founded) speculation. The build-up to Microsoft’s show has been a little different in that most of the gossip has been extremely easy to substantiate.

Amazon just made that even easier. The hardware speculation surrounding the Redmond giant was that there’d be a new base model of Xbox One with a 1TB hard drive, and that an updated controller was set to release that featured a 3.5mm audio jack instead of a proprietary one. Alisting on Amazonreveals a $400 Xbox One bundle that comes with both of those and a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. It has a release date of June 15, which is the Monday of Microsoft’s press conference. Of course, you can pre-order it now if you’d like.

Well, there’s one E3 surprise in the bag. There will likely be plenty more, especially on the software side of things. But, now we probably know all that there is to expect from Microsoft and the Xbox One with regard to hardware. Feels kind of good to get them out of the way early.

Microsoft Xbox One Console [Amazon]

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