The bundle includes a limited edition console and controller, a vertical stand, Minecraft, and Redstone Pack bonus content, but costs $399.
The big news coming out of Gamescom 2017 yesterday was pre-orders for the Xbox One X going live as well as a Project Scorpio edition of the console being made available. But the Xbox One X is clearly aimed at the high-end, and those with 4K TVs. Microsoft needs younger generations buying its games consoles, too, so we’re also getting a limited edition Minecraft-themed Xbox One S.
A standard Xbox One S 1TB model costs $349.99, but you can easily pick one up for around $299. Microsoft’s Xbox One S 1TB Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle can be pre-ordered for $399 and launches on October 3.
In return for your cash you’ll get both the console and Xbox wireless controller carrying a Minecraft theme. Also in the box is an Xbox One S vertical stand, a digital code to download a copy of Minecraft and Minecraft Redstone Pack bonus content, a one month Xbox Game Pass trial, and 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial.
The limited edition controller can be purchased separately for $74.99 and will be available from September 5. It can be used with both the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.
Although Minecraft fans will be tempted by the Minecraft-themed hardware, the price premium makes it hard to recommend. Microsoft wants $399 when you can pick up the same 1TB model Xbox One S without the custom paint job for $299 (usually with a game bundled). Buying Minecraft separately costs $15, and the vertical stand is $10. Even the Minecraft wireless controller costs $15 more, with standard pads going for $60.
If you can live without the Minecraft theme, then I’d suggest buying a standard 1TB Xbox One S, a copy of Minecraft, and a vertical stand. That way you’ll have an extra $75 to spend on other games, an extra controller, and/or a full year of Xbox Live Gold. It’s also worth noting that Microsoft is currently offering an Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft bundle for just $249.