Haven’t bought an Xbox One yet? $299 might be a good price point. The Xbox One received a permanent discount to $299 today. If you’ve been in the market for one lately, you’ve probably seen prices hovering around here anyways. Today, Microsoft makes it official.

The price drop itself isn’t a surprise, but the timing is intriguing. Why not wait two weeks and announce it at E3? Unless you’re getting this announcement out of the way for something bigger.

Several reports indicate Microsoft is showing some kind of hardware at E3. A ‘Slim’ Xbox One? A more powerful Xbox codenamed Scorpio? Both? Something is going down. There’s way too much smoke with all the reports for there not to be fire. And a price cut right before E3? We’re about to see something.

Hold off on buying an Xbox One until E3

$299 is a great price, but we’re probably going to see a ‘Slim’ Xbox One at the very least. I can’t imagine the price being that different barring a big jump in storage. Plus, we’ll get a good look at the Xbox One software offerings through the rest of the year.

Halo Wars 2 Xbox One

Here’s what’s coming for sure between now and the end of 2016.

Halo Wars 2

Expect a huge info dump at E3 2016. We know it will tell a brand-new Halo story. And the folks at Creative Assembly are bringing it to Xbox One and Windows 10. There maybe a beta announcement coming at E3, but that’s just speculation right now.

Gears of War 4

We’ve already played the beta (which was awesome!). Now, we’ll be on the lookout for more info about the game’s story, characters and more.


The Forza franchise likes to alternate between Motorsport and Horizon. We got Forza Motorsport 6 in 2015. Forza Horizon 3 in 2016 is a safe bet.

Crackdown 3

I can already hear the agility orbs… We first saw Crackdown at E3 2014. And again at last year’s Gamescom. Remember the destruction trailer?

Expect to hear much more in two weeks. Release date? Gameplay? That’s what I’ll be looking for.

Sea of Thieves

Rare brings pirates to Xbox One. And it’s not some Kinect game. Need I say more?

Indies, Indies, Indies

ReCore, Ashen, Below and more. Look for the smaller developers to get their time to shine again at Microsoft’s E3 conference.

It might be tempting to jump in now, but hold off for two weeks and see if those reports of an Xbox One Slim pan out.

When I’m not playing Rocket League (best game ever), you can find me writing about all things games, space and more. You can reach me at alex@newsledge.com

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