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Microsoft's slimmer Xbox One S still can't squeeze past the "Australia Tax"

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Keith Hake
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Microsoft didn t beat around the bush with the reveal of its new Xbox One S console earlier today, touting a surprisingly affordable starting price of US$299 at the beginning of its E3 2016 conference.

Though the US price point converts to around $405 in Australian dollars, the dreaded Australia Tax is in full effect once again, with the 2TB Xbox One S console appearing on Aussie retail websites with a RRP of $549 – even factoring in GST, that s still a markup of over a hundred dollars.

In some slightly better news, as of today, existing Xbox One consoles have received a price drop in Australia, with the 500GB version now selling for $399 and the 1TB version now listed at $499.

Regardless of its marked-up Australian price point, it must be said that the Xbox One S console s 4K video functionality will make it the most affordable 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player in Australia when it launches in August – Samsung s UBD K8500 player is currently the cheapest player available locally with a price of $599.

On that front, we guess the Xbox One S is pretty good value.

However, we have to wonder if its worth buying into with Microsoft's beastly Project Scorpio console coming next year.

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