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Minecraft gets an Xbox One S bundle and themed controllers

Cool designs come at a stiff price, though

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Minecraft “Creeper” limited edition controller for Xbox One Microsoft
Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

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 controllers come in a green Creeper theme (matching the console) and a pink Pig design. They are $74.99 each, compatible with the Xbox One as well as Windows 10 PCs.

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.

Microsoft just wrapped up its Gamescom 2017 keynote, announcing that more than 100 games will be enhanced for Xbox One X, alongside nine trailers for games on the console this fall.

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