Summer has officially come to an end, so why not start autumn off on the right foot? Microsoft is eager to help, as they have revealed a new console bundle: the Xbox One S Minecraft Favorites Bundle!
A digital copy of Minecraft: Xbox One Edition is the centerpiece, and if you have been exploring Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, you’ll be happy to learn that you can import your progress over to your new console.
Furthermore, to ensure that you’ll have all of the tools you’ll need, a plethora of downloadable content for Minecraft: Xbox One Edition is included. In total, the DLC amounts to “over 230 character skins, 3 texture packs and 7 Mash-up packs.”
The Xbox One S Minecraft Favorites Bundle is available to purchase right now at select retailers across North America, and the suggested retail price is $299.99. Here’s the rundown on everything you’ll unearth:
- A 500 GB Xbox One S. Your new console will contain a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, and it will be capable of 4K streaming and HDR.
- A wireless controller, which will also be compatible with Windows 10 PCs.
- The aforementioned download code for Minecraft: Xbox One Edition, which will run better than the Xbox 360 Edition, and will realize landscapes that are much larger in scale.
- A download code for the Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Favorites Pack.
- A download code for the Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Builder’s Pack.
- A download code for the beta version of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition.
- An Xbox LIVE Gold trial that’ll span 14 days.
If you aren’t a resident of the United States or Canada, you’ll discover the Xbox One S Minecraft Favorites Bundle in other territories on the following dates:
- October 11, 2016 for the United Kingdom, Central Europe, and Western Europe.
- November 1, 2016 for Australia and New Zealand.
- Check back soon for further updates for Asia and Latin America.
Will you jump in?
It isn’t surprising that Microsoft enlisted Minecraft to serve as the face of one of their hardware bundles. I wouldn’t be surprised if it sold well.
Minecraft is a computer game originally developed by Markus “Notch” Persson and his studio, Mojang. The original rendition of the sandbox game launched in 2009, and it has since become available on nearly every gaming platform that’s currently on the market. Across these platforms, Minecraft has enjoyed a considerable level of success.
A spin-off title developed by Telltale Games has also been released, and it isn’t uncommon to find kids wearing Minecraft-branded t-shirts. Speaking as someone who has a day job in retail, I frequently see them playing with Minecraft-related objects. I bet they’re excited for the upcoming movie!
Microsoft, having noticed the cultural phenomena, purchased both Minecraft and Mojang back in 2014, securing their ownership of a historic property. Persson retired upon the acquisition, likely with the satisfaction of having helmed a modern classic.