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.
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.