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Xbox One bundle packs 1TB hybrid drive and Elite pad for $499

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Microsoft is launching a premium "Elite" controller for the Xbox One next month, so of course it's also readying a new console bundle that includes the pad and a 1TB "Solid State Hybrid Drive" system. From November you'll be able to get the set for $499 -- pre-orders start today in the US and it'll be exclusive to GameStop and Microsoft Stores for the first month. For comparison, the regular 1TB Xbox One bundle costs $399 -- so with the $150 Elite controller thrown in, you're getting at least $50 in savings. If you need a reminder, Microsoft's new gamepad has an extra four bumpers on the back, "hair trigger locks" and the ability to customize the thumbsticks and D-pad with extra swappable parts.

If you already own an Xbox One, or think the Elite controller is just a little too expensive, Microsoft has another pad for you to consider. The "Special Edition Lunar White Wireless Controller" is the same as the regular gamepad, albeit with a white and gold color scheme and some improved grips on the reverse. It's a GameStop exclusive in the US and will be coming out in late September for $64.99 -- there's no word just yet on an international release. Regardless, if you've been debating an Xbox One purchase, you now have a ton of bundles and accessories to weigh up. And with a bunch of exclusives coming down the pipeline, there's little else Microsoft can do now to close the gap with Sony's PS4.

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