Microsoft has announced a new Xbox One model sporting a larger internal hard drive and a redesigned controller with a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, confirming rumors that had been roiling ahead of E3 next week.
The new system, which features a matte black finish, will be available for $399 with Halo: The Master Chief Collection included, starting on June 16. The entry-level 500GB system will stay at its current price of $349, a price Microsoft has now officially made permanent after first introducing it as a 2014 holiday promotion and extending the cut as a "special promotion" after that.
Unlike the PS4's DualShock 4, the original Xbox One controller only worked with headsets specially designed for its proprietary inputs; standard 3.5 mm headsets needed a $25 adapter, which won't be necessary with the new controller. Microsoft says the new controller also features improved audio quality and a higher maximum volume, as well as "fine-tuned bumpers for more consistent performance anywhere along the full surface of the bumper."
The redesigned controller will be available for individual purchase in silver, black, and a new camouflage design. Microsoft didn't mention a specific price in its announcement, but Xbox One controllers typically go for $60.
Microsoft previously offered an Xbox One with a 1TB hard drive as a $499 limited edition promotion packaged with Call of Duty Advanced Warfare and a gold-highlight controller. All Xbox One and PS4 systems can also have their storage expanded via external USB hard drives.
The new Xbox hardware's announcement comes amid reports that Microsoft is planning to add DVR functionality to the Xbox One "probably this year"—all that extra storage would certainly be handy for recording high-definition TV shows. There are also reports circulating that Sony is planning to launch a PlayStation 4 with a 1TB hard drive in the near future.
Alongside the new console hardware, Microsoft also announced a USB adapter that will let Xbox One controllers work wirelessly on Windows 10 PCs with full support for in-game chat and audio pass-through. The adapter will cost $25 on its own or come packaged with a controller for $80 starting this fall.