E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is just about a month away and we can expect the Good Ship VideoGames to start springing leaks left and right between now and then. For the past few years there've been darned few real surprises by the time the show rolls around.
Today's leak comes from VG24/7 who spotted a retailer listing (since pulled) for a 1 TB Xbox One Basic that will (assuming the listing was correct) arrive on June 23rd and cost about $50 more than the current 500 GB Xbox One.
This isn't the first time Microsoft has shipped an Xbox One with a 1 TB hard drive; there is an "Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Bundle" that has a 1 TB drive. It originally retailed for $500 but is currently going for $658.88 on Amazon.
Both Sony and Microsoft really skimped when they shipped these consoles with 500 GB hard drives, but I'd argue that of the two the Xbox One has the least need for a new SKU with a larger drive. Microsoft supports external USB 3.0 drives so it's dead easy to add additional storage space. With the PS4 you need to swap out the internal drive, which is mechanically easy to do but can be a pain in terms of migrating all your content.
Anyway the assumption is that Microsoft will officially announce this new SKU at E3 and make it available shortly after the show. And who knows? Maybe Sony will bring a 1 TB PS4 to the show as well.
As for the current Xbox One, the May update should've hit your machine by now. It adds voice messages and dedicated servers for party chat, but my favorite new feature is the ability to turn your Xbox One on or off via the Smart Glass app (available for iOS, Android and Windows). Now if I'm sitting on the couch catching up on email on my tablet and I decide I want to watch some Netflix on the Xbox One, I don't have to go find the controller or shout commands at Kinect. I can just turn it on and control it from Smart Glass. A simple but nice new feature for the dedicated couch potato.
Here's the sales pitch video for the May update:
And you can read more about the new features at Xbox Wire.