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Red Xbox 360 expected to be part of a Resident Evil 5 bundle

Microsoft has inadvertently confirmed the existence of the rumored red Xbox 360 elite in an official Halo Wars email sent to retailers and games press in New Zealand.

Last week, a Toys "R" Us employee sent Kotaku a snapshot of the store's inventory database which shows a red Xbox 360 Elite listed. The red Xbox 360's "item inquiry detail" lists the console’s price as $399 which is in sync with the current cost of a black Xbox 360 Elite. There is speculation that this red console could be part of a Resident Evil 5 bundle.

The email sent to New Zealand press and retailers was to announce a deal where anyone buying an Xbox 360 console would receive a free copy of Halo Wars. According to Microsoft, if you buy an Arcade, Pro or Elite model you will receive Halo Wars, but this deal does not apply to the Red Xbox 360 Elite console which is exclusive to EB games.

Microsoft wanted to clarify the rumored red Xbox 360 Elite would not apply for the Halo Wars deal, but announcing this point in an email had the side effect of confirming a red Xbox 360 Elite will be coming in the future.

Last month, Ars Technica's insider at Capcom reported Resident Evil 5, will be sold in a new Xbox 360 bundle. The bundle will allegedly include a copy of the game, a red Xbox 360, a red controller, an "exclusive" Resident Evil 5 NXE theme, and a download coupon for Xbox Live Arcade's Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD.

Updated 2/24/2009
Engadget has posted new pictures of the Red Resident Evil 5 Xbox 360

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Red Ring of Death?
By SlipDizzy on 2/23/2009 9:44:35 AM , Rating: 5
I hope when you turn on the Red X-Box that the power light is always red, but when there are errors the light turns green... the green ring of death. That way everyone is confused and the world will be put into a state of constant mayhem.

RE: Red Ring of Death?
By FaceMaster on 2/23/09, Rating: -1
RE: Red Ring of Death?
By quiksilvr on 2/23/2009 10:59:44 AM , Rating: 4
I would rather they just make a white 120GB Xbox with an HDMI cable, an ethernet cable, and a wireless controller with that little headset for $199 and just have that one SKU. That way they can literally FORCE Sony to bring that PS3 price down ASAP.

RE: Red Ring of Death?
By Hiawa23 on 2/23/2009 11:18:21 AM , Rating: 2
I would rather they just make a white 120GB Xbox with an HDMI cable, an ethernet cable, and a wireless controller with that little headset for $199 and just have that one SKU. That way they can literally FORCE Sony to bring that PS3 price down ASAP.

& take much bigger loss, which I am sure they & Sony are not in business to do, LOL.

RE: Red Ring of Death?
By Alexstarfire on 2/24/2009 2:52:55 AM , Rating: 2
Could work depending on how much it takes them to produce all the SKUs that they have now. I have no idea on actual costs, but making just one SKU will lower the price of that SKU.

RE: Red Ring of Death?
By chrnochime on 2/23/2009 11:53:02 AM , Rating: 5
...and I want a 63" LCD for $1000. Please...

RE: Red Ring of Death?
By 9nails on 2/23/2009 8:02:20 PM , Rating: 2
Me, 65" with 120 Hz, at the same price please.

Come one Sony - do that for me and I'll buy a PS3! :)

RE: Red Ring of Death?
By afkrotch on 2/24/09, Rating: -1
RE: Red Ring of Death?
By Innocent Hawk on 2/24/09, Rating: 0
RE: Red Ring of Death?
By tehbiz on 2/24/2009 9:41:24 AM , Rating: 2
wikipedia argues with you,

"Much of the discussion of refresh rate does not apply to the liquid crystal portion of an LCD monitor. This is because while a CRT monitor uses the same mechanism for both illumination and imaging, LCDs employ a separate backlight to illuminate the image being portrayed by the LCD's liquid crystal shutters. The shutters themselves do not have a "refresh rate" as such due to the fact that they always stay at whatever opacity they were last instructed to continuously, and do not become more or less transparent until instructed to produce a different opacity. Most of the TFT LCDs used in portable devices and computer monitors need a continuous refresh. The driving voltage determines the transmittance of the liquid crystal.

The closest thing liquid crystal shutters have to a refresh rate is their response time, while nearly all LCD backlights (most notably fluorescent cathodes, which commonly operate at (~200Hz) have a separate figure known as flicker, which describes how many times a second the backlight pulses on and off."

yeah you just won. highfive.

RE: Red Ring of Death?
By AssassinX on 2/24/2009 2:46:34 PM , Rating: 3
I agree with you on the sense that LCDs do not have a refresh rate similar to CRTs but they do have a refresh rate. In general, most people will agree if you buy a LCD the 60Hz or 120Hz is considered the refresh rate. An example would be in this Home theater section:

You can even google 120Hz and refresh rate and you will see almost all LCD's use this terminology but they are not addressing it as the same as a CRT's refresh rate.

RE: Red Ring of Death?
By therealnickdanger on 2/24/2009 7:42:28 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, my local Best Buy had a 1080p 65" Mitsubishi DLP on clearance for $999. It's not a thin LCD, but da-yum!

RE: Red Ring of Death?
By Jacerie on 2/24/2009 8:28:19 AM , Rating: 2
Go to your nearest Circuit City. It's like a flea market in there.

RE: Red Ring of Death?
By ImSpartacus on 2/23/2009 3:44:35 PM , Rating: 2
And while you're at it, throw in a second 360 and drop the price to $99, amirite?

RE: Red Ring of Death?
By Belard on 2/23/09, Rating: 0
RE: Red Ring of Death?
By just4U on 2/23/2009 6:20:20 PM , Rating: 2
I just want to win the Lottery.

RE: Red Ring of Death?
By NarcoticHobo on 2/24/2009 12:13:50 AM , Rating: 2
Um, can I have a clean, efficient, small, and infinite energy producing system for $49.99 plz?

RE: Red Ring of Death?
By Alexstarfire on 2/24/2009 2:55:01 AM , Rating: 3
Didn't know you felt that way about young men. To each his own I suppose.

Just saying that you should have stated those 10 sex freaks as females.

RE: Red Ring of Death?
By Belard on 2/24/2009 10:28:23 AM , Rating: 1
women to call my own

Guess should have said T & A... but I was trying to keep it short. :)

RE: Red Ring of Death?
By bighairycamel on 2/24/2009 9:47:44 AM , Rating: 2
I want money, power and women to call my own. Lets see. about 10 or so bi-sexual 20~22year old sex freaks with perfect bodies, faces and complexion.

Granted, but they all have crabs and the clap.

RE: Red Ring of Death?
By Belard on 2/24/2009 10:33:04 AM , Rating: 1
okay... must append.

Completely STD free, throw in some virgins and have scotch-guard to prevent any infections.

And they shall love me as their lord.

(Sad thing - There are people in this world who think this way)

Red is ugly
By afkrotch on 2/23/2009 10:32:49 AM , Rating: 3
I think if it comes as a RE5 bundle, I'd just buy a black elite, then buy RE5 seperate.

RE: Red is ugly
By FITCamaro on 2/23/2009 11:04:57 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah I prefer my black Elite which matches the rest of my stuff.

RE: Red is ugly
By StevoLincolnite on 2/23/2009 12:46:58 PM , Rating: 3
I have the Arcade model and jumped on the cheap 20gb HDD offer Microsoft provided, and my second controller is red, from when they did a promotion thing about them a few months back and were cheaper than the white wireless controllers.

I'm currently contemplating selling my arcade for this and keep my second red controller, as I am running out of HDD space rather quickly, Plus I was going to grab a copy of Resident Evil 5 regardless.

RE: Red is ugly
By Reclaimer77 on 2/23/2009 4:54:34 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I prefer my black Elite which matches the rest of my stuff.

Red is my favorite color. To hell with colors matching, I'll let my gf whine about that.

RE: Red is ugly
By 9nails on 2/23/2009 8:05:02 PM , Rating: 1
My Xbox is Green! And it doesn't go with a single thing in my living room.

It's a piece of technology, not furniture. It's supposed to look impressive, not blend in.

RE: Red is ugly
By afkrotch on 2/24/2009 9:08:41 AM , Rating: 2
Looks pretty impressive in green and 3 red lights no?

RE: Red is ugly
By mmntech on 2/24/2009 9:51:26 AM , Rating: 2
It's a piece of technology, not furniture. It's supposed to look impressive, not blend in.

Let me guess. Unmarried, no girlfriend, or under 18. Just call it a hunch. lol

Blood red is a pretty horrible colour for a console. It would certainly stand out, but not in a good way. Reminds me of the N64 days when they tried all those funky colours. I suppose these are Jasper consoles though so that's one reason to get it. Easy to identify.

RE: Red is ugly
By Reclaimer77 on 2/24/2009 4:48:29 PM , Rating: 1
You know some of us have game rooms or "man caves" where we're not concerned about everything blending in with studio quality head units and A/V equipment in a hand crafted laquered oak cabinets ?

Now grab a beer, sit your ass in a beanbag chair, and shut the F up and play me on my Red Xbox.

RE: Red is ugly
By Integral9 on 2/24/2009 9:10:57 AM , Rating: 3
That thing is fugly.

By Barfo on 2/23/2009 10:55:10 AM , Rating: 5
Xbox 360 RROD Special Edition ;)

RE: Cool!
By KamiXkaze on 2/27/2009 9:32:57 PM , Rating: 2
Does it make special noises too.


2nd news article regarding Red Xbox...
By Dreifort on 2/23/2009 10:33:17 AM , Rating: 2
so.... where are the pictures!?

slackers! (photoshoped view of what it could look like) (controller that has been available, wonder if this same color red?) (could be a fake?) (a user customized xbox)

By afkrotch on 2/23/2009 10:39:44 AM , Rating: 2
It's way easy to just buy a new casing to replace the original casing. For either the console or controller. Not to mention there's services out there to mod the lights or add lights.

By Alpha4 on 2/24/2009 12:03:08 AM , Rating: 2
The semi-opaque, Blood Red shade of the Gametrain photo looks sexy.

Unfortunately I sincerely doubt Microsoft will have anything to do with distributing a transparent chassis. I suspect they want to keep peoples' minds off the hardware entirely. ;)

Could be OR...
By GaryJohnson on 2/23/2009 8:29:45 PM , Rating: 2
There is speculation that this red console could be part of a Resident Evil 5 bundle.

Possibly part of the "Product Red" branding as MS has a "Red" version of Vista available now.

RE: Could be OR...
By Alpha4 on 2/23/2009 11:59:31 PM , Rating: 2
Interesting. A quick google search reveals various sites detailing an initiative by Dell & Microsoft to fight AIDS in Africa via this Red edition of Windows Vista. This 360 could very well be a part of that effort, but I think it less likely since the Product Red co-sponsor, Dell, isn't connected to the Xbox.

RE: Could be OR...
By GaryJohnson on 2/24/2009 12:43:03 PM , Rating: 2
Product Red is a brand licensed to partner companies such as American Express, Apple Inc., Starbucks, Converse, Motorola, Gap, Emporio Armani, Hallmark, Microsoft, and Dell. It is an initiative begun by U2's frontman, Bono, and Bobby Shriver of DATA to raise money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Bobby Shriver has been announced as the CEO of Product Red, whilst Bono is currently an active public spokesperson for the brand.

Each partner company creates a product with the Product Red logo. In return for the opportunity to increase their own revenue through the Product Red products they sell, a percentage of the profit is given to the Global Fund.

It was started in 2006.

I'll take it in any color, as long as it's black.
By rburnham on 2/23/2009 10:44:03 AM , Rating: 3
When we bought a first gen 360, the white plastic really looked ugly among the other home entertainment components, all of which are black. When the 360 broke and it was replaced with a black Elite, our setup looks good, as everything is black.

The only place a red console would look good is... well nowhere, but I imagine if you put it into a kid's bedroom, they would not care about the color.

By afkrotch on 2/23/2009 11:06:28 AM , Rating: 2
A lot of electronics are turning white or silver now. I painted my 360 a pearl white to match my new faceplate. The original white/beige color is a letdown. At least the PS3 comes in a nice shiny black that loves to display fingerprints.

By ggordonliddy on 2/23/2009 8:24:10 PM , Rating: 5
OOOOOOOOOOOhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!! It's frigging red!!!!! OOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! What kind of complete dumba$$ would give a crap.

Wow... a red Xbox...
By jbourne77 on 2/23/2009 11:20:57 AM , Rating: 5
... any other Earth-shattering news?

I hear Honda is releasing the Accord in gray next year.

RE: Wow... a red Xbox...
By TenaciousJP on 2/23/09, Rating: -1
in other news!!
By dslrjunky on 2/23/2009 1:12:58 PM , Rating: 2
after much failed attempt to address the issues, RROD has been officially added to line-up of XBOX 360! XBOX 360 RED unLIMITED EDITION

Must be a slow news day.....
By kilkennycat on 2/24/2009 9:09:57 PM , Rating: 2
A red Xbox360... so what? Yawn....

About time they upgraded it with a Blu-ray drive and the associated smarts to be compatible with Blu-ray V2.x. Now THAT would be news. After all, the RETAIL price of a 6x Blu-ray drive is now well below $100. Stevie's focus is more on the bottom-line and laying off staff with $40billion in the bank than doing anything forward-looking with MS products.

With Sony losing money and lack-lustre PS3 sales, now would be the time to strike with an xBox360 that highly likely to be a PS3 killer. Contrast Stevie Ballmer sitting on his $40 billion with Paul Otellini over at Intel, who is deliberately raiding reserves to push their 32nm process as fast as possible into full production in spite of the huge downturn in Intel's earnings -- far greater %wise than Microsoft's tiny earnings downturn . Intel has only about $10billion in reserves. Guess which company will dominate their business when the recession is over....

Red Xbox
By Bay Area Niner on 2/25/2009 1:38:26 AM , Rating: 2
when does the red xbox360 come out?

Red Elite
By wallijonn on 2/27/2009 3:22:24 PM , Rating: 2
My local Fry's has plenty of $399 Elites (and Halo Greens) XBox360s. I fear that at $399 there will be plenty of Red Elites on the shelves for a long time.

Me, I picked up a Jasper Arcade, bought the MS $35 20GB HD, $15 rechargeable battery pack and cable, and a $5 HDMI cable. $255 total. It was only after NXE came out, which made it possible to play the game from the HD, that I started to desire the 60GB or 120GB HD.

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton
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