Microsoft have revealed the official pricing for the Xbox One next-gen console’s controller, as well as a number of its other accessories.
When sold separately from the console, the Xbox One gamepad will set back US gamers $59.99, or roughly £40. That (depending on where you shop) is roughly $10 more than the Xbox 360 controller. Microsoft feel the price bump is justified though, stating that with over 40 innovations, it’s simply the best controller Xbox has ever made.”
The Redmond company have also revealed the price of the console’s headset. Not bundled in with the console, it’ll set you back $24.99 (around £16). Including the mic-packing Kinect sensor with the console itself, this may not be too much of a concern for gamers, though feedback can be an issue sometimes. Xbox 360 headsets currently do not work with the Xbox One console, though the company does have an adapter in the works to add backwards compatibility with the last-gen accessories.
Finally, the Play and Charge Kit, comprising a rechargeable removable battery pack for the controller and a lead that lets you play while the pack is charging, will also retail at $24.99. Buying a controller and Play and Charge Kit bundle will cost you $74.99 (around £49), making you a saving of $10.
So far, Microsoft have not revealed official UK pricing for the accessories, so take UK pricing listed here at an educated estimate. It’s totally possible that Microsoft will hike up UK prices, as many products seem to when crossing the Atlantic.
By Gerald Lynch | July 30th, 2013