The X360 arrives

Amid enough hype to launch another space station, Microsoft’s XBOX 360 has been rolled out in no less than an airport hangar at the Mojave desert.

Gamespot’s detailed report here. The most interesting bit was the gambit:

At 8:54 (360 seconds before launch), the gates to the hangar opened up, revealing a convoy of three large Best Buy trucks, complete with a police escort. Inside those trucks were nearly 3,000 Xbox 360s, packed to the brim in the trucks’ cabs. Music reached a feverish tempo, and the interior lights strobed on and off, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

As the vehicles made their way to the Best Buy store, the energy was electric–this was the moment that the gamers had been waiting for. All those hours yearning to play as Joanna Dark, tear through a lap of the Nurburgring, or play high-definition sports games were merely ticks away from becoming reality.

…but the last bit brought tears to my eyes:

Though photo opportunities were rare and celeb sightings were minimal, those who attended–the hardcore gamer from every conceivable demographic–not only appreciated the fact that they were there, but the fact that they had the opportunity to be there, a rare instance in today’s starstruck industry.

How much is the X360? EBgames.com has these prices:

Xbox 360 Ultimate Bundle
US$699.92 (>RM2,600)

Core:
• Xbox 360 Premium System ($399.00)
• Xbox 360 Game Console
• Wireless Controller
• Combination High-Definition Component and Standard A/V Cable
• 20GB Hard Drive
• Ethernet Cable
• Headset
• Bonus Media Remote
• Xbox Live Silver
• Xbox Live Gold 30-Day Trial

Games:
• Perfect Dark Zero Limited Edition
• Call of Duty 2
• Kameo: Elements of Power
• Project Gotham Racing 3

Extras:
• Extra Wireless Controller
• Play & Charge Kit (for extra controller)
• Extra Rechargeable Battery Pack

The standard Xbox 360 Core Bundle
US$599.93 (>RM2250)

Core:
• Xbox 360 Core System ($299.00)
• Xbox 360 Game Console
• Wired Controller
• Composite A/V Cable
• Xbox Live Silver
• Xbox Live Gold 30-Day Trial

Games:
• Perfect Dark Zero: Limited Edition
• Call of Duty 2
• Kameo: Elements of Power
• Project Gotham Racing 3

Extras:
• Extra Wired Controller
• Memory Unit (required to save games without hard-drive)

This bundle does not include the hard drive needed to play games created for the original Xbox.

Play-asia is selling the Japanese “Xbox 360 Sale Commemoration Pack” for US$529 (>RM1980; says here price is subject to change). Includes:

• Xbox 360 Console
• 20GB hard drive
• Wireless Controller
• Remote Control
• HD AV Cable
• Ethernet Cable
• Power Supply (110V)
• Manual (Japanese)

BTW, check out the pure white original XBOX! Sells for US$599 (wtf?).

Sigh. Who has RM2,500 to lend? I sure as hell ain’t holding up a store for it.

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2 Comments »

  1. Hisyam said

    don’t forget HDTV and wait for que until next year since all no stock

  2. jenntai said

    Yea boy. Jan/Feb for people who didn’t pre-order…

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