Microsoft is re-evaluating the Xbox One S value proposition as the launch of the Xbox One X, and the Xmas season battle against the Sony PlayStation 4, nears. In the US that means various bundles of 500GB consoles and games are available for $249 (down from $279), or you can pay the same for a 1TB console without any games.
Here in the UK if you head on over to the Xbox store you will find the same bundle as linked to above in the US but priced at £229.99. However things look set to change very shortly. According to a HotUKDeals poster who works at one of GAME's retail stores, Xbox One S deductions are live in-store now with the website due to catch up on Wednesday. For an outlay of £199, explains the poster, you can get a 500GB Xbox One S, Forza Horizon 3, Doom, Fallout 4, Dishonored 2, Destiny 2 (code for when released) and a two months Now TV Cinema pass.
The above £199 deal in the UK may or may not be a GAME exclusive in its exact bundle contents. Hopefully the Xbox One S retailers in the UK can update their websites tomorrow to reflect the new offers available.
Please note that the Xbox One S Special Edition bundles aren't discounted in the US, so probably won't be in the UK either. The Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle 1TB, and Xbox One S Shadow of War Bundles (500GB and 1TB) coming in October keep their MSRP's intact. These consoles were only revealed a fortnight ago, at the same time as Xbox One X 'fan inspired' Project Scorpio edition pre-orders opened up.
Remember that Xbox One X consoles will become available from 7th November. The aforementioned Scorpio Edition pre-orders sold out rather quickly. Microsoft says extra Xbox One X pre-order stock will be announced "later this month". It was pleased with the rate at which the powerful new console was bought up, as fans "pre-ordered more Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition consoles in the first five days than any Xbox ever."
Those thinking about getting even deeper discounts on the bulkier original Xbox One console will probably be disappointed to learn that Microsoft stopped selling the original consoles in both the US and UK about a fortnight ago.