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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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RE: Sony and MS
By Belard on 7/11/2007 11:23:22 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't call it the worst thing... but I thought it was stupid... I've seen lots of complaints of 20GB drives filling up so quick... with patches, saved data, downloaded games or meda - forget loading up your own media files, etc.

A 60GB drive would have been a BiG help over the 20GB mode, while not the expense of the 120GB drive.

But aside from more games needed, the PS3 offers far less cost over a 360... and considering the RROD (A feature not included with SP3) - I've seen constant posts from people wanting to BUY a new xbox360 with FIXED heat issues... they keep posting "65ns version?" etc etc...

Cost of Xbox Prem (pre elit)
$400 + $180 for 120Gb drive upgrade + $80 for wireless networking + $200 for HD-DVD drive = $860!

Far more expensive than the PS3 at $500 or $600... besides not having to carry or pack 1-2 power bricks and parts (wirless adaptor, HD-DVD)... The Elite shaves off $100.

Lucky for MS, the PS3 was late... but I think in the long run, the BluRay may work out. Already, the developer of GTA4 says the 360 is more limited compared to PS3 for their game.


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