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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 9:49:21 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.

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