It’s no surprise that Microsoft wants to put Xbox One consoles in as many homes as possible. To do this, the publisher plans to give consumers freedom of choice this holiday season with a variety of system bundles containing different games, and in some cases, unique consoles you won’t find anywhere else.
In case you’re not sure which bundles are available or can’t decide the best one for you, here’s the list so far, along with the exclusive features you’ll find in each box. We still can’t believe there’s no Master Chief Collection bundle. How is that not a thing?
Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Xbox One Bundle
Available: November 3
We expected this, given the close relationship Microsoft has with Activision; Xbox 360 received not only attractive CoD bundles, but also first dibs on downloadable content. This time, however, both companies outdid themselves with a package that is sure to appeal to fans of the first-person shooting series.
There’s the Xbox One system, of course, but it features attention-grabbing visuals comprised of Sentinel Task Force iconography from the video game. Perhaps the biggest selling point, though, is the one terabyte hard drive, an upgrade over the usual 500 GB model; this likely explains the extra $100, since the package does not come with the Kinect camera.
The same can be said of the controller that pairs beautifully with the system; Microsoft will also sell this CoD Xbox One controller separately for $69.99. Good decision on Microsoft and Activision’s part to include the controller, which is something the former neglected to do with the Titanfall bundle, which comes with a black one instead of the exclusive orange and white controller.
In addition, you’ll find a code to download Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Day Zero Edition. That gives you early access to the game on November 3, along with double XP for that day and two weapons, the AK-12 G Assault Rifle and Crossbow-B2.
There’s more! The bundle comes with a custom EM1 Quantum energy weapon, digital personalization pack for your virtual soldier and a bullet brass exoskeleton.
If you enjoy CoD, this is without question the ideal bundle unless you prefer a hard copy of the game; the Day Zero Edition will also be sold separately.
Special Edition Sunset Overdrive Xbox One Bundle
Available: October 28
There’s a great chance you want to get your hands on both the white Xbox One and Insomniac Games’ upcoming third-person shooter. If that’s the case, look no further. This bundle includes a digital code to download Sunset Overdrive, the white console, matching controller and Day One Edition downloadable content, including the Nothin’ but the Hits gun, a custom Fizzie costume and Hardcore! Hammer; again, no Kinect camera.
Madden NFL 15 Xbox One Bundle
Available: August 26
While not as flashy as the previous bundles, this one is a solid pick for sports fans. There’s the usual black Xbox One system and matching controller, as well as a download code for EA Sports’ Madden NFL 15. Similar to the Sunset Overdrive package, you essentially get the game at no additional charge.
FIFA 15 Xbox One Bundle
Available: September 26
Essentially the same as the Madden bundle, except you receive a copy of FIFA 15. Unfortunately, it will only release in Europe. Come on, Microsoft! Soccer (sorry, football) becomes more popular in the U.S. each year.
Titanfall Xbox One Bundle
Providing you can find one, the Titanfall bundle includes everything you need to start shooting people. Unlike the aforementioned bundles, you receive the Kinect camera, as well as a matching black Xbox One and controller; the sweet Titanfall controller is sold separately. Not bad at all.
Forza Motorsport 5 Xbox One Bundle
If you can’t wait to own the system and Titanfall doesn’t appeal to you, there’s always the standard Xbox One package that comes with the Kinect, matching Xbox One, controller and a downloadable token for the gorgeous Forza Motorsport 5. Considering the high level of detail, tweaks and downloadable content released for this thrilling racer, this might be the best way to go.
Which Xbox One bundle is your favorite? Let us know!