The Xbox One S is getting a Minecraft-themed bundle, that we already knew, but for those who dig the look but aren't looking for a new console, two Minecraft controllers will also be sold separately. The controllers are available Sept. 5, and the console bundle on Oct. 3.
The console, shown off at the Xbox Gamescom keynote, packs a Creeper controller with a 1 TB Xbox One S, a vertical stand, download codes for Minecraft and the Minecraft Redstone pack, and trial passes for Xbox Live and the Xbox Games Pass. That's $399.
The designs are slick but that is a premium over what themed bundles are going for now. The newest Xbox One S 1 TB editions run $349.99, some for less, and a standard Xbox One controller is $59.99.
Microsoft’s biggest news out of Gamescom today was opening up preorders for the $499.99 Xbox One X "Project Scorpio Edition,” so it may seem strange why the console's junior configuration would get a premium-priced bundle, too. However, the $499.99 Xbox One X is best paired with a 4K TV, which some may not have. And a new bundle design sends the message that the more affordable S is still worthwhile.