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Xbox One gets price drop to $349, new 1TB version with new controller

The Xbox One permanently dropped to $349 today and a new console, featuring a 1 TB hard drive and new wireless controller with built-in stereo jack, hits June 16 for $399, Microsoft announced this morning.

For a limited time, the new console will also include Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

The new Xbox One console will have a matte finish and a terabyte of storage, and it will come with a redesigned Xbox One Wireless controller that includes a 3.5 mm stereo jack, which will let you plug your headset directly into the controller. The new console will only ship to the U.S. on June 16 and to "select markets" later this month.


The controller, which will ship with future consoles moving forward, is also going on sale this month for $64.99 in black. You can get an Xbox One Special Edition Covert Forces Wireless Controller in silver or black for the same price.

With the updated controller, players will have the option to adjust headset volume, mic monitoring, and voice and game audio balance through the Settings menu on the console.

Microsoft reports that they've increased the maximum audio volume on headsets used with this controller, based on fan feedback. All existing controller accessories will work with the updated controller, including the Stereo Headset Adapter for those who want the convenience of fingertip control for their audio.

The new controller also has "fine-tuned bumpers" for better performance along the full length of the bumper. Finally, the updated controller allows for wireless firmware updates, eliminating the need to connect the controller via USB cable to receive updates


Microsoft also announced today that the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows will be released this fall for $24.99 or you can pick it up bundled with a controller for $79.95. The adapter will let you "enjoy the freedom and convenience of the wireless controller on Windows 10 PCs, laptops, and tablets."

The adapter requires a USB 2.0 or 3.0 connection to work. Once connected, the controller will support in-game chat and stereo audio.