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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 mdogs444 on 9/28/2007 9:42:55 AM , Rating: -1
While in a way I do agree that the most PITA part of warranty service is the amount of work you go through to get the repair, but what you are searching for is entirely unrealistic. Granted, some types of products perform well for longer periods of time than others, but we must always hope for the best, plan for the worst.

For instance, lets take a look at automobiles. Spending 15k, 20k, 30k, even 50k+ on a new car is alot of money - now whatever category you deem expensive is dependant upon what you can afford. But no matter how much you spend on a car, you are still hoping that it performs flawlessly for the life of the time that you own it - even beyond its warranty period. But is that realistic? No, its not. And if you are expecting the product to perform flawlessly throughout the life of the product warranty, then why even have a product warranty? Regardless, the point of the warranty is to provide customer assurance that in the case something does happen, you did not waste your money on something that is unusable by a manufacturers defect. Once the warranty period is up, well - unfortunately, its a crap shoot from then on. That's because everything gets worn down over time, and whatever you buy, you have to expect that and realize that things are not made to last forever. If they were, then there would be not as much of a need to keep improving and releasing 2nd, 3rd, 4th generations of all products - not just video game consoles. Now if your car has a 50,000 mile warranty on it, and something goes wrong before you hit that mileage, are you going to out and throw a fit that the car did not perform perfectly, and you have to take it in to get fixed for free? It may not be an enjoyable time, but the fact is that the company is doing their responsibility by fixing the problem that you encountered while in warranty.

I agree with you about the cooler - there is no reason you should HAVE to buy it in order to make your product work. But the fact is, you DONT have to buy it to make the product work. Whether you buy it or not, there is still a chance of system failure, but you at least have assurance that your product will be fixed by the manufacturer free of charge.

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The problem for most users is the amount of time and stress that it takes to send the console to Microsoft for repairs


What i find quite funny and over the top is your choice in words. Is your life so relaxed, that the only place you find stress is if your video games dont work? Is your life too crazy, that even video games stress you out? I dont get it. Chill out, its just a video game. Its a means of entertainment. Im sure you can find something else to do for two weeks - like go running, lift weights, play an outdoor sport, watch tv, perhaps even use that time to get ahead on your studies.....or hell, even read a book.

Lets not make the fact that a video game system may break, the end all, be all, of the world.


RE: Maybe if theyd release a 65nm one...
By MrPickins on 9/28/2007 12:09:36 PM , Rating: 3
Your analogy is flawed.

If the a company in the automotive industry had a product with the defect rate of the 360, it would have been recalled.


RE: Maybe if theyd release a 65nm one...
By MrPickins on 9/28/07, Rating: -1
RE: Maybe if theyd release a 65nm one...
By mdogs444 on 9/28/07, Rating: -1
RE: Maybe if theyd release a 65nm one...
By MrPickins on 9/28/2007 2:44:05 PM , Rating: 2
The difference is that with a recall they offer fix your item before it breaks.


RE: Maybe if theyd release a 65nm one...
By bozilla on 9/28/2007 8:17:56 PM , Rating: 2
eh? Did you even own a car? I mean are you for real?

I own 2 Audis for example..one of my Audis is A6 2005 model. The car had a known issue about the start/stop engine button. Mine didn't. I went to a dealership and asked them to fix it as it was noted it's clearly a problem.

They said, if it breaks, we'll fix it, otherwise we'll have to charge you for replacement.

Btw, this is same practice with all manufacturers, unless the problem might bring you a risk of harm.

Get real, Xbox 360 problem is not a huge pain. If it happens to me, I'll go get a new console and wait for my repair to go through, then I'll return the console I bought. Simple as that.

Second, someone who said that your content is tied to you Xbox 360 is a complete lie.

Your content is connected to you XBox Live account and your harddrive. This is why when you upgrade the hard drive, you can't use the old one on the same console.

So when you sent your stuff in, you should not have problems getting anything you downloaded or bought to play.


By gus6464 on 9/30/2007 8:35:25 PM , Rating: 2
My wife has an 06 Jetta. It only has like 30k miles and the transmission is already acting flaky. Think it's time we look into the new Camry.


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