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Microsoft's Xbox 360 Halo Special Edition boasts 360 Elite features, without the big price tag. (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft makes no moves to the Xbox 360 price, but instead announced a new Halo-themed console

On Thursday, Microsoft stunned the industry by announcing that it would extend the warranty on Xbox 360s afflicted with the Red Ring of Death (RROD) to three years following DailyTech’s report on Xbox 360 failure rates. On Tuesday night, the spotlight is once again on Microsoft with it hosting the first big press conference at this year’s slimmed-down E3.

Following Sony’s big announcement of the PlayStation 3 price drop, many turned their eyes over to Microsoft to see if it would respond with a price reduction of its own. Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter even went as far as to tell clients that he is expecting Microsoft to drop the price of the Xbox 360 console across all its product line. Pachter believes that the 60GB PS3, at $499, represents a favorable comparison against the Xbox 360, and that Microsoft will drop the price to widen the gap.

Unfortunately, for those hoping that the analyst’s prophecy would turn out to be true, Microsoft did nothing to the price of its latest consoles. This effectively puts the 60GB PlayStation 3 console, along with its Blu-ray Disc playing capabilities, $20 apart from the HDMI-capable Xbox 360 Elite. In the Canadian market, the Xbox 360 Elite and the 60GB PS3 will share the exact same $549 price tag, giving consumers more to think about than just their wallets.

Perhaps the only “all new” surprise of the press conference was when Peter Moore reached behind the counter to pull out a new Xbox 360 console SKU. Although some may be hoping for that surprise to be the announcement of a more reliable, 65nm chip-based machine, or one with HD DVD built-in, the actual new console is a Halo Special Edition Console.

The Halo Special Edition Console will be shipping this September, no doubt alongside Halo 3’s September 25 release date. The console features an authentic Spartan green and gold finish and comes with matching Xbox 360 Wireless Controller, 20GB Hard Drive, Headset, Play & Charge Kit, HDMI output and exclusive Halo 3 Gamer Pics and Theme available via Xbox Live download. Microsoft has yet to announce pricing for the Halo Special Edition Console.

The special green Xbox 360 isn’t the only Halo promo item on Microsoft’s list. Last month, retailer GameStop revealed special Halo 3-themed Xbox 360 controllers featuring Todd McFarlane artwork and Spartan green wireless headset. For those who must have all things Halo 3, GameStop is also selling an appropriately themed Halo 3 Zune music player.

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By Operandi on 7/11/2007 3:50:36 AM , Rating: 5
I'd be embarrassed to have this abomination in my home.

Take a cue from Sony on this one; if the PS3 is nothing else it is a fine looking piece of hardware.

RE: Hideous
By OblivionMage on 7/11/2007 6:45:13 AM , Rating: 2
It might actually look cool in real life, you know, for Halo zealots like me ;P

RE: Hideous
By PaxtonFettel on 7/11/2007 6:50:32 AM , Rating: 2
Are you serious?
You'd rather have a George Foreman grill under your telly than something that looks like a console?

RE: Hideous
By killerroach on 7/11/2007 8:03:43 AM , Rating: 5
The PS3 may be an odd-looking piece of kit, but this Halo 3 version of the 360 looks like a Gucci handbag mated with a Dustbuster.

360 in White - Looks pretty decent
360 in Black - Looks quite good
360 in... whatever that is... - Not so much.

RE: Hideous
By deeznuts on 7/11/2007 1:08:05 PM , Rating: 2
I think The 360 looks horrendous. The black one looks decent and is the only one I'm considering as soon as the 65nm comes out. This green one looks like the girl from the Excorcist threw up all over it.

I think the PS3 looks nice. Stand it up facing sideways (East to West) and you don't see any hint of a george foreman grill (first time I've heard that, it's funny cuz it does resemble the shape).

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