New Xbox 360 bundle packs ODST and Forza 3 inside

Xbox 360 Elite bundle.If you’ve been thinking about getting a 360 or need to replace your recently dead unit there’s a new bundle coming that just might be perfect. Amazon just added a listing for a 2010 Spring bundle that includes Forza 3, Halo 3: ODST and a 120GB Elite 360 for just $299.99. The deal should be available this coming Tuesday, March 9th from Amazon.

Really, this is about the best deal I’ve seen. The kit includes two great games and even nets you beta participation for Halo: Reach through ODST. Really, it’s like three games for the price of a console. This bundle also launches the same day as the Final Fantasy XIII bundle that runs $399. That one includes two controllers, the game, and a 250GB hard drive.

Either way, you get a really solid bundle at an incredible price. Can’t really ask for much more than that.


Microsoft Announces Holiday Bundles

Microsoft holiday console bundle.Microsoft announced its holiday bundles today, which reminded me the holidays aren’t nearly as far off as I thought. The console bundle will run you $299 and comes with an Xbox 360 Elite and full retail versions of Lego Batman and Pure. For those of you already in possession of a console, there’s a controller bundle, which includes a black wireless controller and four arcade titles: Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2, Lumines LIVE!, Bomberman LIVE!, and a coupon to download Ms. Pac-Man. That bundle is priced at $60.

Both packages are certainly a good deal, though I wish the controller bundle were a bit different. Arcade games are nice, but why not a platinum hit? Something for all of the folks looking to purchase the Modern Warfare 3 and Forza 3 bundles? Still, if that special someone in your life is looking for a 360, this is a great choice. Both bundles are available starting today.


Microsoft Adds Another 250GB Bundle

Forza 3 logo.Microsoft has announced another 250GB bundle for the Xbox 360. This one includes Forza 3 though without a customized console like we found in the Modern Warfare 2 bundle. Unfortunately for you US types, the bundle will only be available in the UK and South Africa.

This is the third in a pretty sweet lineup of 360 bundles over the past few days, obviously designed to compete with the 250GB PS3 bundles Sony has been showing. The bundles have some strange differences, though, and not just with regard to region.

The Halo bundle, for instance, forgoes the 250GB hard drive, something that would be great for all those Bungie Pro users looking to save additional game content locally, for a copy of Halo 3. The Modern Warfare 2 bundle seems to be the only one with a customized console, but it doesn’t include customized controllers. And of course there is the region issue. Why some and not others? Why not standardize these things across the board? And for god’s sake, why won’t they sell the 250GB unit as a separate periph?

As the holidays loom closer I’ll be interested to see what else comes out of Redmond. More bundles, or just more tweaks to the existing SKUs?


Microsoft Announces Modern Warfare 2 Bundle With 250GB Hard Drive

Xbox 360 Modern Warfare 2 edition.Remember that 250GB Xbox 360 that’s been floating through the rumor mill? At a press event today, Microsoft announced a Limited Edition Xbox 360 Elite bundle for Modern Warfare 2, which includes the massive hard drive.

The bundle, which retails for a measly $399.99, is available for pre-order today and includes a customized console, two black wireless controllers, a copy of the standard edition Modern Warfare 2, and that whopping 250GB hard drive. As with all new Elite packages, the console only ships with a composite cable. Regardless, this is an incredible deal. For an extra hundred bucks you get a controller, more than double the hard drive space of the regular elite, and a copy of one of this year’s most anticipated games.

You can check out the full bundle and pre-order now at Amazon.


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