This $500 Xbox One Bundle Comes With a Hybrid Drive and an Elite Gamepad

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This is a $500 Xbox One. Why would you buy a $500 Xbox One when the going price is $350 right now? Because this Xbox One will boot faster, load games quicker, and comes with an amazing new gamepad you have to see to believe.

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Yes, this is the Xbox One Elite, a new version of the Xbox One game console. The console itself appears to look the same, but it comes bundled with the new Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, an insanely tricked-out top-notch gamepad that’ll cost $150 all by its lonesome. Yes, $150 sounds like a ridiculous price for a gamepad, but trust me, I was pretty damn impressed when I saw it in person.

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And for the price of a normal Xbox One plus that crazy gamepad, you’re also getting a 1TB hybrid hard drive in the bargain.

Never heard of a hybrid hard drive? Well, it’s mostly like a normal hard drive with spinning magnetic platters, like the one that comes with the original Xbox One (read: slow) except the “hybrid” part means it also has some speedy flash storage too. Hybrid hard drives use that faster solid state storage as a cache, keeping your most-used files there so they’ll be ready at a moment’s notice. That means faster boot times, but if you play the same games a lot, it could also mean faster game loads too. (Here’s an example of that from 2013.)

Microsoft says you’ll “get to the action up to 20 percent faster from energy saving mode,” which is a little ambiguous. While a lot of news websites are reporting that games will load 20 percent faster, that might not always be true.

What won’t you get in the new Xbox One Elite bundle? A game. Or a Kinect. It’s been dead for a while now.

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Chewbakkah
Chewbakkah

This is not the best buy on the market at this point. Let me explain:
$500 Elite Console:
You get a 1TB SSHD and an elite controller ($150 value)

$350 Normal Console:
You get a 1TB normal hard drive, updated controller, and normally 1 game. (Sometimes up to 3 games)

So what you do is buy the normal console with its packaged items and also an extra Elite controller. This will be $500 and you get the extra controller and game(s). You sacrifice a small load time advantage.

Now with this said lets address this claimed load time advantage. Nobody knows what it’ll apply to right now but lets say the console wakes faster. This isn’t a big deal because the X1 already has a sleep mode that wakes pretty dang fast. So lets say instead that it will make games load faster. You’ll still have to sit through the screens that display the disclaimers and the game dev studio logos and such. So not a real benefit there.

With that said they didn’t state that anything else in the console changed so that means the old motherboard is still in there. So this new SSHD is limited to SATA II tech. In my opinion you are better off getting the original console and adding an external USB 3.0 HDD spinning at 7500 rpm when you inevitably need an expansion drive. This is in fact what I have done and I have seen noticeable decreases in load times when playing games saved on that drive.