Xbox One Price Drops To $299 In North America, Fuels Rumors Of New Hardware Announcement

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Xbox One Price Drops To $299 In North America, Fuels Rumors Of New Hardware Announcement

Evidence continues to mount that Microsoft is on the verge of announcing the Xbox One Slim.

Two weeks out from the platform-holder’s press event at E3 and news has surfaced that the Xbox One base model is now available in North America for $299. Indeed, a $50 price drop on the eve of gaming’s biggest annual event could be a sign of Microsoft offering up a better deal to would-be adopters, but given the sheer amount of speculation swirling around the all-but-confirmed hardware upgrade, it certainly adds fuel to the fire.

One way or another, that $50 reduction applies to Xbox One consoles across the board, meaning bundles that include the 1TB hard drive now retail at approximately $319.

In related news, earlier this week GameStop COO Tony Bartel noted during a call to investors that the high-street retailer fully expects new hardware to be unveiled at E3 by both Microsoft and Sony. In terms of the former, those plans for a mid-gen refresh will reportedly take the form of two different SKUs; a smaller, refined model that boasts a 2TB hard drive, and a new Xbox One sporting an enhanced processor over its seemingly outdated brethren.

Expect Xbox One news, and potentially a new flagship hardware, to take center stage when Microsoft hosts its E3 presser at 9:30am PT on Monday, June 13.