In a seemingly maniacal attempt at confusing the general gaming public, Microsoft announced today that a new Xbox 360 console bundle is shipping for the spring. That’s right, just a couple months before they are rumored to be announcing their Next Xbox, Microsoft is making one last push to get consumers on the fence about owning a current-generation console to dive in; in what I can only assume would set a Guinness world record for time in between purchasing and buyer’s remorse.
The new bundle is priced at $299 USD and will include a 250GB hard drive, a wireless controller, a physical copy of Darksiders 2, a digital voucher for Batman: Arkham City, and a 1-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold. Dubbed the “Xbox 360 250GB Spring Value Bundle”, the package will only be available throughout the spring while supplies last.
Now, I’m not saying this isn’t a good deal, but I’m a bit more than curious as to the timing of this particular bundle. Neither Arkham City nor Darksiders 2 are particularly new titles, and we are just a handful of weeks away from Microsoft pulling back the curtain on their next-gen console. So, who exactly is this bundle targeting? Regardless of the quality of the games included, $299 is a hefty price tag considering we’ll have both next-gen consoles arriving in time for the holiday season. I just feel like if you’ve waited this long to buy a console, you certainly wouldn’t pay that much to get what’s about to become last-generation hardware. At the very least, I imagine you’d be looking to pick up a current-gen console after the PS4 and Next Xbox have been released, which will assumedly lead to a couple price drops.
Am I wrong here? Does anyone see solid reasoning behind this new bundle? Is anyone considering actually picking up an Xbox 360 and taking advantage of this “deal”? Let us know in the comments below.