Microsoft openedconvention with a smorgasbord of gaming news, including new Xbox One console bundles and the launch of a white Xbox console and controller.
Led by the news that Rise of the Tomb Raider will launch exclusively on Xbox during the 2015 holiday season, the briefing also featured announcements about blockbusters Assassin's Creed Unity, : Advanced Warfare, and 15, coming this winter.
Redmond's rundown included the unveiling of three new console bundles, most notably the Xbox One Special Edition Sunset Overdrive Bundle, complete with white console and wireless controller (pictured). It was previously available only to Microsoft employees, but news of its arrival for the general public leaked earlier this month. Microsoft today confirmed that it will indeed arrive on Oct. 28 with a digital copy of Sunset Overdrive and special Day One edition in-game items for $399.
Sure to be a popular seller, the Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Bundle is slated for Nov. 3. For $499, gamers get a 1TB hard drive, custom console and controller, and limited-edition exoskeleton, as well as a digital copy of the Day Zero Edition title.
Microsoft also announced the European-exclusive FIFA 15 bundle—with an Xbox One console and controller, 14-day live trial, HDMI cable, chat headset, digital token for FIFA 15, and an Ultimate Team Legends Gold Pack—coming Sept. 25 for £349.99/€399.99. An Xbox 360 version of the soccer game will also reach Europe at the same time.
All three bundles are now open for pre-sales ahead of their launch dates.
"We're excited to offer fans more choice and value than ever before," Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, said in a statement. "These bundles offer a great opportunity to enjoy Xbox One alongside an incredible line-up of first and third party games, making Xbox the best place to play this holiday and beyond."
Redmond today also announced a handful of updates coming to the Xbox One, including new social features and more ways to access TV and entertainment throughout your home.
And, in response to customer feedback, the company is adding the ability to pre-order and pre-download games on Xbox One. Fans will, for example, be able to purchase and download 2 and FIFA 15 ahead of their official release.
The Gamescom presentation covered much of the 2014 holiday season, which Microsoft Corporate Vice President Phil Harrison believes will help kick off 2015's lineup of new titles.
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