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Exclusive: $400 360 Elite bundle, with Halo 3 and Fable 2

New information from the Mole: a new Xbox 360 Elite coming, with Halo 3 and Fable 2 packed in at no additional charge. That's quite the bundle, and adds a ton of value to the package.

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Nineball21123476d ago

That'd be a hell of a bundle. :-)

40cal3476d ago

Your still better off buying a PS3. Value and dependability for the win!

lowcarb3476d ago (Edited 3476d ago )

I get more value out of 360 with better looking multiplats and exclusives that cater to me and services. I'll give PS3 dependability even though games kind of still sway me much more towards the 360.

edit below 1.4 locos: "So how do you know 360 has the better looking multiplats?? Do you play a game on 2 tvs where you are bound to notice a difference?"

We have all 3 consoles in my house and compare all the time.

"I don't care what platform I get my games on as long the game is good.
Well enjoy your games and leave it at that. Some of us want the best and with all this talk about PS3 providing that when it doesn't is hilarious. Those little things missing are important to the game especially "Would it really hinder my gaming experience if I buy a game on PS3 and notice and extra blade of grass or and extra pebble." It would hinder my experience because the feeling of immersiveness would be taken away. SO your telling me you would enjoy KZ2 and the ps2 as much as the PS3? Come on...get real dude. When ever I see you take on the numerous horde of PS3 fanboys I will take your logic and comments serious.

sofresh2003476d ago (Edited 3476d ago )

Nice bundle actually

locos853476d ago

So how do you know 360 has the better looking multiplats?? Do you play a game on 2 tvs where you are bound to notice a difference? I don't care what platform I get my games on as long the game is good. Would it really hinder my gaming experience if I buy a game on PS3 and notice and extra blade of grass or and extra pebble.

This generation we have created these comparisons like if they really matter to us.

When you play a game you are not going to be thinking about which version is better. I know I don't, and if you do you should start doing other things because gaming is getting too personal for you instead of a form of entertainment.

Ju3476d ago

So isn't MS making any money out of the $199 machine so they have to promote a $399 price point ? <oh, wrong, sorry, I'm outa here>

IdleLeeSiuLung3476d ago

The $400 garners MS more money and obviously more profit. Besides the $400 range garners a different type customer, the kind that wants the best and money is no objection.

It is similar to Sony pushing a 160GB PS3 for $500 when it is identical to the 80GB. The $100 difference can buy you a 320GB hard drive 2.5" for about $50 and remaining for a game....

table3476d ago (Edited 3476d ago )

i'd like a 360 because it has some great games but paying to play online is such a scam. i dont care about features like cross game voice chat. i already pay for my internet access...

lowcarb3476d ago (Edited 3476d ago )

Well you get a free month of live and by that time you realize how important the cross game voice chat is. There are so many other real scams going on than to worry about 4 freaking bucks a month that delivers perks PSn could only dream of.

Edit below 2.2 kurochi: Actually what the he11 are you talking about? There's nothing like Fable2 on the Ps3 which isn't hard to understand. Ask a real question next time.

edit gaffyh: "The difference between PSN and XBL are minimal now. PSN is actually more lag-free than XBL because it uses dedicated servers."

Thats not true at all so quit assuming things. If there's an issue with lag it's the developers fault and has noting to do with live

"As far as the features are concerned, XBL laid it's foundation last-gen, PSN has really only been alive for 2 years, and yet it's caught up like crazy, and will continue to do so."

Until PSn matches live feature for feature it's still far behind. It's going to take PSn at least another 3 years to get where Live is at right now. Also at E3 I'm sure there will be even more stuff rolled out that set it even further. Sonys patch work can only go so far this gen.

"ANY Xbox 360 owner that is GLAD to pay for XBL is retarded, PSN is not as bad as people say, in fact it is very very good, and free."

Nobody is glad to pay for Live but however we do understand that you pay for what you get. If you enjoy that semi online services for free then fine. I think any gamer that doesn't appreciate in game xmb and other live services are retarded. 4 bucks a month is nothing so grow up already and pay your bills.

"So why should anyone pay $50 a year to have cross-game chat?"

There are other perks you get as well and chat really does make the difference. It's funny how the price of live wasn't an issue until PS3 decided to go into it cheap.

"I'd rather use that money to buy another game. (I do have a 360)" Then buy another game. Nobody is forcing you to pay for xboxlive. If you want to play it then i guess you have to pay which makes perfect sense.

"Also your argument about PS3 not having a Fable 2-like RPG is stupid cos it can be easily reversed e.g. 360 has no games like Folklore, Warhawk, Heavenly Sword, Ratchet & Clank, Wipeout HD, SIREN etc. The list is endless"

Yes but we are not talking about other games are we. there are tons of games 360 has also along with one feature that PS3 will probably never have called community gaming.

indysurfn3476d ago

Too bad I already have those two games, and the Elite. Other than that I will tell a friend that is wanting a Elite so he can give his son his system and move up. I have to admit I didn't think I'd like Fable II, because I don't like ACTION rpg's that often. I LOVED THAT GAME. And Halo 3, DUH who doesn't have that game.

gaffyh3476d ago

@lowcarb - The difference between PSN and XBL are minimal now. PSN is actually more lag-free than XBL because it uses dedicated servers. As far as the features are concerned, XBL laid it's foundation last-gen, PSN has really only been alive for 2 years, and yet it's caught up like crazy, and will continue to do so.

ANY Xbox 360 owner that is GLAD to pay for XBL is retarded, PSN is not as bad as people say, in fact it is very very good, and free. So why should anyone pay $50 a year to have cross-game chat? I'd rather use that money to buy another game. (I do have a 360)

Also your argument about PS3 not having a Fable 2-like RPG is stupid cos it can be easily reversed e.g. 360 has no games like Folklore, Warhawk, Heavenly Sword, Ratchet & Clank, Wipeout HD, SIREN etc. The list is endless

locos853476d ago (Edited 3476d ago )

"We have all 3 consoles in my house and compare all the time."
So you buy games for all consoles and sit there all day comparing them?? Must have too much time on your hands.

"Some of us want the best and with all this talk about PS3 providing that when it doesn't is hilarious."
It sounds to me that you make it your business to sit around all day and try to prove PS3 fans wrong....... Then what?? Do you get an award? Cookie?
It sound to me that you feel threatened and need to justify your purchase of a 360.

Like I said before I could care less about the minor differences, since I will not notice them at all when I am playing the game. And I had all 3 consoles as well but got rid of the Wii since to me it was crap after Zelda and Mario Galaxy. I buy games depending on where I want to play them, and if they have online or not. I keep my PS3 in my living room and 360 in my room. and I do not waste 50 bucks just to be able to play online. I use that money for other games or DLC.

Lifendz3476d ago

If I wasn't moving into a new apt I would make this the day I pick up a 360. That's a great bundle.

YourCall3476d ago (Edited 3476d ago )

Yeah, keep telling yourself that. Now I now how you guys cope, you just continue to tell each other what you want to hear.

BTW: What's your gamertag?

Marceles3476d ago

Thats actually a good deal. The best 360 SKU with 2 of the most popular games on the 360? Can't really argue with that. I bought my Elite for $400 in '07, so I know this is a hell of a deal.

Perjoss3476d ago

I own both ps3 and 360, Sony have done a great job making everyone believe that the ps3 is oh so much more powerful than an xbox, if this was true my xbox software collection would not be 10 times larger than my ps3 library.

gaffyh3476d ago

"Thats not true at all so quit assuming things. If there's an issue with lag it's the developers fault and has noting to do with live"

Actually it is an issue with Live, as it uses mainly P2P connections resulting in more lag.

"There are other perks you get as well and chat really does make the difference. It's funny how the price of live wasn't an issue until PS3 decided to go into it cheap."

You DO know right that all you're paying for when you pay the Gold subscription is for "the ability" to play online. And just recently you get demos earlier now. And that's pretty much it. The issue has come up, because PSN offers a great online service for free. XBL should not charge it's users for use of it's network. Again, you're defending the price of XBL, means you are glad to pay for it. MS really knows how to brainwash you guys. Even PC online gaming is free.

"Yes but we are not talking about other games are we. there are tons of games 360 has also along with one feature that PS3 will probably never have called community gaming."

Community gaming...Home. Same thing, even though I don't use home. Also I made that point to show how futile your argument is. PS3 has much much more exclusive games that push the boundaries of gaming, and are unique. Weak counter-argument dude.

I can't be bothered any more, some XBL users are stupid, just admit that you don't WANT to pay for XBL, but are forced to. Then I'd understand, but you guys go and start defending them. $50 a year for 5 years $250, and on top of that you are still forced to view adverts.

beans3476d ago

1.Calling people stupid because they don't see eye to eye with you is silly and belongs in the ope zone-------------------------- >

2."Community gaming...Home. Same thing, even though I don't use home."
You really have no idea what your talking about here and just lost major points. These two applications are nothing a like in the least bit.

3."And just recently you get demos earlier now."
Are you serious? This trend has been going on this entire generation.

4."Actually it is an issue with Live, as it uses mainly P2P connections resulting in more lag."
I bet you can't prove your theory

5."You DO know right that all you're paying for when you pay the Gold subscription is for "the ability" to play online."
Why don't you worry about your money and what you pay for instead of what others do with there's.

6."just admit that you don't WANT to pay for XBL, but are forced to."

I will admit I don't want to pay for it, but will say that nobody is forcing me to pay for anything like Lowcarb said. You just fail to get the point and would rather rant about PS3 being free rather than why it's free and Live is better. 360 has always been about choice unlike PS3. We decide what we want and if we can afford it we get it. You on the other hand have no choice but to by bluray, or get free online. We get it free plus we have the option to pay if we want to go further so you fail sir.

fredy3476d ago

you seem more upset at 360 owners that love and don't mind paying for a great service. regardless what you think of it and the people that enjoy features ps3's psn still don't have which xbl live had on day one.

no one is forcing you to buy ms products and calling people that do retards that do is that same blind fanboy ignorance day in and out on here.
thats like saying you will never play wow because you already pay for the internet, well that's fine blizzard wouldn't give a f$%k. it is making money and so is ms with xbl. to each his own stop worrying about what people do with their money.

Perjoss3476d ago

"just admit that you don't WANT to pay for XBL, but are forced to"

if it was expensive then you'd have a point, but its dirt cheap, only playstation fans keep bringing it up all the time as if it was some giant issue, let it go, its very cheap.

kickaski3476d ago

you people are arguing against free -_-
seriously? Dreamcast, PS2, Gamecube, DS, PSP, Wii, PS3, PS4, Wii 2, PC, EVERYTHING ELSE IS FREE. PC has and will always be superior by virtue of open platform, and even GFW Live is free there. this is so dumb...

SIdepocket3475d ago

@Gaffy
"The difference between PSN and XBL are minimal now. PSN is actually more lag-free than XBL because it uses dedicated servers. As far as the features are concerned, XBL laid it's foundation last-gen, PSN has really only been alive for 2 years, and yet it's caught up like crazy, and will continue to do so."

Are you kidding us with that? There are what, two games on PSN that use dedicated servers? Everything else is P2P in case you thought to do your homework correctly.

PSN's foundation is also substantially *less* developed than Live (which is why it's free) That's why it takes longer to get a message to someone, there's no VoIP because there are no VoIP servers on PSN (which is why voice chat sounds horrible in PS3 games), and matchmaking has to be done by the game developers on PSN, unlike Live where it is done automatically by MS.

That "oh PSN uses dedicated servers" BS is so two years ago; only someone who has no idea what they're talking about would say that.

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GWAVE3476d ago

I'd do it if the games were L4D, Mass Effect, Fallout 3....pretty much ANYTHING except Halo 3 and Fable 2.

lowcarb3476d ago

Yeah but Halo3 multiplayer and a unique rpg like fable can't be found on PS3 so you better hop on quick.

kurochi3476d ago

um.... unique rpg..... on the 360? Fable 2???? Are we talking about the same game here? WTH are you talking about?

EXCLUSIVEGAMER3476d ago

dude these kids were playing l4d the other day instead of chilling with the girls @ a party and l4d looks like a dreamcast game.

its true, they were playing it on a 46 inch sammy. nice tv btw

Omega43476d ago

Looks like MS are going for overkill in the US

Any bundle with Halo 3 in it is sure to entice newcomers to the system, its arguable the most popular FPS ever made

BrunoM3476d ago

Omega ... even tho HALO is big is not BY FAR the most popular FPS ever made ..

militant073476d ago

halo 3 is such amazing. its cant be killed nor call of duty nor killzone 2 can kill it.

after 1.5 years of game it still the most played game on XBL.

im playing it now becasue of the mythic maps and there is +333,000 player playing it now.

Chubear3476d ago

well yeah ofcourse, there's hardly any other exclusives to play online with the 360. Now if the 360's fanbase was spread out across different games and genres then those halo numbers would be way lower.

Look, for example the PS3 base have a multitude of exclusive games in different genres that spreads it out. It's not just Killzone 2 but you have high active online users in Motorstorm 2, R:fom1 and R2, Killzone 2, HOME, SOCOM, Warhawk, LBP, etc and these are the ones that have high usage and not normal level usage with exclusives like motorstorm1, High velocity bowling, High stakes poker, Crash Commandos etc etc

On the 360 the two main exclusive games with high online usage are Halo and geow2 and they're both shooters.

militant073476d ago

what the hell are you saying , what that has to do with it exclusivity !!

you think people play it becasue its exclusive ?!

king dong3476d ago

typical idiotic sony fanboy response. when the top ten most played live games get posted by major nelson, does it really just include gears and halo? or does it actually include another 8 games?

i play battlefield alot, and that doesn't even get in the top ten! you sony boys go on like theres nothing on the 360 apart from halo and gears.

i'm sure forza being an exclusive gets quite abit of attention, and not forgetting l4d also. with all you sony fans playing just sony games, it amazes me when you all start jumping up and down shouting "all the otherz developerz are makinz morez moneyz from the pstriplezzz"

bottom line, halo and gears are such great games, that even if there was a plethora of multiplayer exclusives, these two would still be there battling it out week in week out.

anyway, what is a hardcore sony nut doing in here??

TheBand1t3476d ago (Edited 3476d ago )

Nope, Counter-Strike is the most popular FPS.

Fact.

Any of you disagree fairies care to make an argument?

Chubear3476d ago

You guys actually believe that multiplatform games are what drives a console to win. It's always been about exclusives. What entertainment can people get ONLY on a particular system.

@3.6 see, all those games you're playing are the same mulitplat games the PS3 and PC base are playing as well. There's nothing overly special about them that will lure people to go play it for that system.

It's the exclusives that really count and you just made my point too cause you cant' mention any more exclusive games that the 360 fanbase are routinly playing online outside of Geow & Halo.

I look at Fuel of war and it's barren. I look at Shadow run and I scracth my head how the 360 fanbase have the gull to say anything about the likes of SOCOM when it's doing 10times the number of online gamers than Shadow run is and the PS3 has more than just one online only game too.

You guy are really lost. You're stubbornness will make you hate yourselves in the next 2yrs just like with so many other gamers in past generations.

News FLASH! The 360 isnt' supposed to be just 8mill ahead of the PS3, it should be ahead about over 25mill by now and with so much exclusive games that the PS3 could not hope to catch up but look at what's happening. The PS3 at the beginning of year 3 has way more high end exclusive games - both disc and DL games - than a console that's in it's 4th year.

You guys are really lost.

YourCall3476d ago (Edited 3476d ago )

Uh, you actually never made an argument yourself, all you did was say that counter strike was better. Where's your arguement.

I do believe that Halo is the most popular "Console" FPS.

@Chubear - Either the 360 is better than the PS3 or it's not. If it's not as you are proclaming, then why do you feel that it should be 25 million ahead. Additionally, if that's the case the PS3 "superior" should be selling close to 13.5 million per year, and should be at around 40 million by now.

Please by all mean explain that math that got you to believe that the 360 should be 25 million ahead. And don't forget to add information about how it was able to do that with the problems of RROD amongst other things. Here's your chance to earn some credibility.

NEWSFLASH! - If the PS3 has soooo many highend exclusives, why aren't you buying them. The highest selling PS3 Exclusive is MSG4 with about 4 million sold. It's followed by Resistance which is a launch title that still hasn't passed 4 million. Halo3 along has outsold the top two selling PS3 exclusives combined with room to spare.

PS3 fans don't get mad at me, I'm just stating the posted numbers.

NNNW3476d ago

because there isn't anything else on the 360 to play

YourCall3476d ago

Another irresponsible comment. You guys crack me up. Okay let me make sure I got this right. Halo sells because there isn't anything else on the 360 to play? And the PS3 has so many games to play but everyone is too cheap to buy them? Did I get that right? Or is it that everyone is too busy watching Blu-ray movies because that's why they bought the PS3 to start with? Which one is it NNNW?

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Nineball21123476d ago

discontinuing the Elite? It seems like I remember seeing something about that here on N4G.

Maybe this is true and this will be uses as an enticement to move those units?

Nineball21123476d ago

I did see that:

http://www.n4g.com/xbox360/...

So, this could very well be what MS is doing. Trying to get a bundle to move out the inventory of Elites.

xabmol3476d ago

When you think XboX, you think Halo. Fable on the other hand.... Well lets just say that should be Gears next to halo.

Still not a bad deal. If you don't mind paying to use your internet, again. God that irks me.

locos853476d ago

Well I see them doing that to cater to different crowds. Why include 2 shooters? Then they would eliminate the people that don't like shooters. Thats more of a way to have a bigger market to sell this bundle.

xabmol3476d ago

I didn't even think about that.

Still, what are the 2 games that just about every 360 owner has?

locos853476d ago

Well if they get this they will have one of them. Then Micro will make more money on them buying the other.

maxcer3476d ago

they should have tossed in a 13month live code as well

fredy3476d ago

so you would rather them push too human and you insert _another one here_

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