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Reportedly Microsoft marketing images showing the new bundles  (Source: Kotaku)
Xbox 360 to come with Forza 2 and Marvel for free this holiday season

Although manufacturing costs of the Xbox 360 will be cheaper than ever after the switch to the 65nm CPU platform codenamed Falcon, Microsoft will likely stick with its current pricing throughout the rest of the year. But that’s not to say that there won’t be some value added to help entice those on the fence to choose Microsoft’s console.

Briefly spotted on Best Buy’s online store, but now removed, were two pages that listed new bundles that added Forza Motorsport 2 and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance to both the Xbox 360 Elite and Xbox 360 Premium SKUs. Both consoles were listed at their current prices, indicating that the two games were an added value package.

Gaming blog Kotaku uncovered marketing images for both the aforementioned bundles mid-August, and the appearance of such bundles in Best Buy nearly confirms their pending existence on the market.

The packaging shown in the images also matches up with previous information provided by Microsoft’s marketing, which added taglines “Go Pro” to the Xbox 360 Premium system while the Xbox 360 Elite displays “Go Big.”

Bundling games with the Xbox 360 is already standard practice in Canada. Best Buy  in Canada is selling Xbox 360 Premium with Forza Motorsport 2 and Amped 3, while Wal-Mart substitutes one winter sport with another by adding in NHL 2K8 with Forza Motorsport 2.

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RE: Maybe if theyd release a 65nm one...
By AmbroseAthan on 9/28/2007 7:31:04 AM , Rating: 2
Just because both sides of the story need be represented:

I have owned the 360 since launch day, and it is still running flawlessly. It once sat inside a TV stand system, and for the past year and a half it ahs been sitting in my newer TV stand which is completely open besides the shelves.

Also, I think the newer systems are suffering less failures then the early productions, so your chances of getting a bad system now seem to be pretty low.

Has anyone heard of an elite RRoD-ing? Or the newer HDMI Premium? I feel like the stories tend to pick out the older productions.

RE: Maybe if theyd release a 65nm one...
By zombiexl on 9/28/2007 7:34:30 AM , Rating: 2
Go read the XBOX support forums, there have been elites and new pro's going bad.

RE: Maybe if theyd release a 65nm one...
By killerroach on 9/28/2007 8:40:11 AM , Rating: 2
Not only are some going bad, some are going bad in an astonishingly short period of time. Just like there are people with launch PS2s that still work, there are launch 360s that still work flawlessly after all this time... but the odds of it happening aren't as good as most would hope.

As far as the pack-in titles go, however, Forza 2 is a great one to include (IMO, the best reason to get a 360 at the present time), and Marvel Ultimate Alliance, while it has the name going for it, is only an okay sort of game. That being said, I don't think it'll do much to spur sales, but it will help Microsoft keep a pretty good sales position regardless of what their competitors decide to do.

By Locutus465 on 10/1/2007 1:03:20 PM , Rating: 2
Weird, my premium (new HDMI version) doesn't seem at all unresnobly hot, despite running almost all the time... I haven't checked the forums, I'll probably have to do so...

RE: Maybe if theyd release a 65nm one...
By Jimmybones on 9/28/2007 9:31:05 AM , Rating: 1
All there systems are prone to death.

The 65nm will probably only help minimal. Since it is pretty widely agreed on that the GPU is the issue with excessive heat production. Only the CPU is getting reduced in the Falcon version.

They have also started adding additional heat sinks for the GPU so this maybe alleviate a bit more, but currently anyone who has purchased a 360 can expect it to fail from a design flaw.

You can check youtube there are several videos of RROD on the elites.

RE: Maybe if theyd release a 65nm one...
By mdogs444 on 9/28/2007 9:49:21 AM , Rating: 2
Im fairly certain that most people who buy the 360 have the mindset of "hope for the best, prepare for the worst".

I dont own any consoles right now, because, well...i just dont find video games that much fun anymore, and dont have the time to waste being unproductive while working 60 hrs per week and studying while in grad school.

However, with the fact that the RROD possibility is widespread and the system may fail, I would still probably rather buy a console at a cheaper price($300-400 vs $500-600), that has a 3 year warranty in that case that it breaks, versus a console that doesnt have many known issues but only a 1 year warranty.

With today's electronics, I almost expect things to break/die without early notification. Thus, id rather have the assurance of 3 years on a product that i expect to fail in that time frame, rather than 1 year on a product that i dont expect to fail in that time frame. Only because if im spending 400, 500, 600 dollars, i would expect a guaruntee of over 1 year - especially on something that is so complex.

By Christopher1 on 9/29/2007 12:03:21 PM , Rating: 1
Something that you are paying over 600 dollars for should come with at least a 5 year warranty, like my father's HP computer came with.
Though, his Toshiba notebook I am typing on right now, only came with a 1 year warranty.

RE: Maybe if theyd release a 65nm one...
By MGSsancho on 9/28/2007 1:30:45 PM , Rating: 2
when they goto 65nm, M$ and every other company uses the chance to redesign mobo, use other parts (nics, ram, etc), heat sink layout casing, fan, other cooling, almost everything. so I do not think anything has really changed with the eleits besides the ANNA upscaler + hdmi port. if anyone with more first hand experience in mobo manufacturing wishes to rebute my claims on how this works, you are welcome to do so

By weskurtz0081 on 9/28/2007 2:06:00 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, the board has a number of changes to it. The PCB is the same shape but printed differently. They have changed the layout of the caps along with the size of them, they made many components on the board smaller. This stuff was done to help increase circulation. It's not vastly different but the board does have other changes to it.

By Samus on 9/28/2007 8:17:48 PM , Rating: 2
anything is prone to death.

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