This $270 Xbox One bundle is the smartest way to buy the new ‘Madden’

This year’s “Madden” is almost here, and the best way to buy it is obvious.

Madden 18

The $US279 bundle you see above is, by far, the best way to buy “Madden NFL 18” if you don’t already own an Xbox One or PlayStation 4. The game, of course, is identical on both platforms.

Here’s what comes in the box, according to Microsoft:

  • Xbox One S with a 500GB hard drive
  • Standard edition of Madden NFL 18
  • Xbox Wireless Controller
  • 1-month Xbox Game Pass subscription with unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and Backward Compatible Xbox 360 games

That cuts the price of the game in half, from $US60 to $US30, and it comes packed in with everything you need to get started — there’s even a 14-day trial for Xbox Live so you can play some “Madden” online with friends before deciding whether or not you want to pay for Microsoft’s online service.

Notably, this bundle isn’t the original Xbox One, but the newer model Xbox One S. What that means for you is you get a slimmer, sleeker console that’s capable of powering games in HDR (if you have an HDR-ready TV, games will look even better than normal). The console is also capable of powering 4K movies (streamed and on Blu-ray). 

Wondering what’s new in this year’s “Madden” game? Check that out right here:

This bundle and the new “Madden NFL 18” arrive on August 25 — “Madden NFL 18” costs $US60 and launches on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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