$400 silver Halo: Reach Xbox 360 bundle dropping in Sept.

[UPDATE] Bungie confirms Microsoft will release package including 250GB silver-finish slimline version of console, two controllers, and next installment in the sci-fi series on September 14.

Halo fans who haven't switched over to the new slimline Xbox 360 will get an extra incentive to do so in September. Leaked screenshots (pictured) from retailers picked up by Haloreachtips.net and sources speaking to Arstechnica point to a new bundle in the works from Microsoft, maker of the 360 platform.

Halo: Reach fans will get an incentive to upgrade this September.

According to Ars' sources and the screens, the new console will have a silver polish and will come with two matching controllers, as well as a copy of Halo: Reach. The console will apparently have a special Halo-themed finish and will retail for $400--$100 more than the now-standard version of the Xbox 360. The limited-edition 360 will have the same 250GB hard drive as the current edition of the console, which is a step above the just-announced 4GB hard-drive-less console that will be bundled with the Kinect motion-sensing system.

Launching on September 14 in North America, Halo: Reach is "probably" going to be Bungie's last entry in the storied franchise. It is set before the 2001 Xbox classic Halo: Combat Evolved, the first game in the series, and tells the story of the defense of Reach by a Spartan squad. The Halo franchise has so far sold in excess of 34 million games, according to Microsoft. The game will ship in three variant editions--normal, limited, and legendary--as confirmed in April.

Bungie recently tied up a 10-year exclusivity deal with publishing behemoth Activision "to bring Bungie's next big action game universe to market," with future games based on a new property coming to multiple platforms.

[UPDATE] At a panel this evening at Comic-Con 2010, Bungie confirmed the bundle was indeed incoming from Microsoft on September 14. The studio even gave away one of the consoles to one lucky audience member, who may cull a fortune by selling the still-officially unreleased device on eBay.

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barnzeee51
barnzeee51

hey do you think theyll be releasing them t the midnight release along with the game

k1ll8_saurav
k1ll8_saurav

This isn't new info. I knew about this a LONG while back.

tsyunami
tsyunami

Halo combat evolved is still my favorite game... So much nostalgia! Its also the reason why I keep my Black Xbox, just so i can get the feel of when I first played it.

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

This looks SWEET! To bad I don't have $400 to kill...

rooster0567
rooster0567

will the special edition halo reach xbox 360 slim also have the kinetics ready plug in?

freezyheat
freezyheat

Actually you get 2 controllers which is a good deal and I hear you get a code to get some of the items from the legendary bundle. Such as the flaming heads... so it is a good deal and your saving more that 5$ or whatever you said

shakensparco
shakensparco

@mrzero1982pt2 I do have my facts straight and I was not counting the bundles, only specially colored consoles themed after a game. (In order of appearance) 1. Halo 3 2. Resident Evil 5 3. Modern Warfare 2 4. Final Fantasy XIII 5. Splinter Cell Conviction 6. Halo Reach And even if I was one console off, that hardly changes what I'm saying: A new special Xbox comes out every year. So because a new one is released every year, special themed Xbox's really don't seem that special to me. However when the Halo CE green see-though Xbox came out, that was much cooler since all other Xbox's were black.

Decessus
Decessus

@MightyQDawg Thanks. I went back and fixed it. It's definitely not the deal that I originally thought it was. It's kind of a shame too because even though I prefer the black Xbox, I was considering picking this up simply because I would have saved so much money. Ah well, what can ya do?

MightyQDawg
MightyQDawg

@Decessus You double-counted the headset and 1 of the wireless controllers. An Xbox 360 Console for $299.99 already comes with those items. It should be: Xbox 360 Console - $299.99 1 extra Wireless Controller - $49.99 Halo: Reach - $59.99 Total - $409.97

RIPANTHONY8008
RIPANTHONY8008

@hvac0120 i agree with that statement,a zelda,mario or metroid themed console would be pretty cool.i wouldnt mind having a super smash brothers themed wii or whatever the next console is that they release.but far as the 360 im not crazy about the silver color but it is a bundle i would consider it when its time for me to buy the new 360

Decessus
Decessus

Xbox 360 Console - $299.99 A Wireless Controllers - $99.98 Halo: Reach - $59.99 Total - $409.97Edit: As MightyQDawg pointed out, I had some mistakes in my original post. I didn't take into account that an Xbox 360 already comes with one controller and a headset. So instead of saving about $80.00, you really only save about $10.00. You're still saving money, but it definitely wasn't as good a deal as I originally thought.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Nintendo seemed to start the trend of releasing consoles in different colors to spur sales. It's worked extremely well for the DS. Microsoft apparently took note of this for the Xbox 360 and took it to the next level. There have been more limited edition Xbox 360's than I have seen for any other console of any previous generation. It's not a bad thing. I remember the Simpson's Movie Xbox 360 that I tried to get my hands on. I think MS has done a great job with these bundles and it would be nice to see Nintendo learn from this and step it up this generation and going into the next generation.

isshiah
isshiah

sounds good but it'll be more expensive in Australia - like everything else. @knoxyknight i think i'm lucky because i've had my xbox 360 coming on 2 years. however, after 3 months my first controller turned itself off when i pressed the right trigger.

samnov
samnov

Nice bundle, 1 great game, a silver slim xbox, 2 controllers and 250gb. Maybe 350 was a better price but still not to expensive.

Flint247
Flint247

Forge World in Halo Reach... Day 1 purchase for sure. :D

Pete5506
Pete5506

A bit over priced but people will buy it

joeborg14
joeborg14

This is a pretty good deal, but not anything special. You're basically paying for the Halo finish. You get the specially designed console, the matching controllers, and the game, but excluding the finish, you're basically paying an extra $100 for the second controller and the game. So in the end, you really only save about 10 bucks, but if you haven't switched over to the slim yet (I haven't), this is probably the best deal we've seen yet. If you like Halo.

knoxyknight
knoxyknight

I miss the super nes/n64 days, when I didn't have to worry about consoles being upgraded multiple times during their lifespan, and I didn't have to send broken ones in to get repaired, and controllers lasted more than a year. I didn't include the nes thanks to its crappy cartridge mechanism, damn I hated fiddiling with that thing. Anyone else on their 5th xbox? After 1 year my xbox controllers left joystick went gimp, and my ps3 triangle button sticks all the time, and my DS had stuck pixels on the bottem screen, a nice bright green color.

solidine
solidine

I guess if you don't care about or like the colour and Halo, why not? It's not insane savings or anything, but it's some incentive, I suppose.

k2theswiss
k2theswiss

i might get this... my xbox right now the warranty will be over with in sept because i got my system 3 years ago when halo 3 came out. the thing sounds like a jet when i pay attention to it even sometimes with the game installed. idk idc let my old system break or get new one before it dose... i see

k2theswiss
k2theswiss

they should throw kinect in there to for 400 bucks...

MissObvious
MissObvious

This actually sounds pretty cool...I'm probably not going to get it, but it does look snazzy. :D

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

um @shakensparco i never counted the simpsons limited edition xbox because it was not meant for the public. it was for contest winners(and from what i remember one was given to someone on TRL(an MTV show, owned by Viacom, which owns CBS interactive which owns Gamespot) that doesnt count. console game bundles, like the forza/ODST, and arcade one which came with lego batman and pure) are not limited edition bundles. you can find any of those bundles at walmart, gamestop, target, k mart, sears, any big box retailer. the ones i mentioned are considered collectors items, even though they are made in bulk, they are made once and never made again. same with sony, when those systems sold out, there were no more bundles. so get your facts straight, lad. i am talking about limited edition bundles, not mass market.

Flint247
Flint247

I don't mind silver, but I would go for the Black 360 instead.

jedicommand7
jedicommand7

Why do people hate on bundles? It's to provide incentives for new people to get the console. It's not really for people to upgrade or change their current consoles, despite what the articles about them say (unless players are desperate for a non-black console). The bundles only save people around $20 anyway. If anything, fanboys should welcome bundles for their favorite console as they are good ways to get new people to join their side.

johny300
johny300

I already have the slim and im not buying this just for halo.(thumbs down)

shakensparco
shakensparco

@mrzero1982pt2 Actually they have already made 5 special 360's not counting the rare Simpson's edition. The Reach Xbox is the 6th. And considering that the Xbox is fewer than 5 years old, Microsoft has released more than one a year. So now they have a special edition Xbox every year on top of the constant changes with the Core (now called Arcade), Pro, and Elite consoles, plus the newest Slim Elite. I don't know about you but it all seems excessive and most people don't have the money or interest to get a new console every year especially when considering they'll probably make an even cooler Xbox the following year. So yes, a new Xbox: "Meh"

Aramantha
Aramantha

Looks freaking awesome. But it does'nt look like Halo to me but more like Starwars. Regardless i am getting this!!!!!!!!!

darkness38
darkness38

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nomorepain4u
nomorepain4u

$400 what a waste of money. although i am sick of my black xbox. not buying it though. cant wait for this game

Triton
Triton

Learning from the folks that make the wii and the many,many DSssssssss....

BlackForestHam
BlackForestHam

I was going to get a slim and reach so I might just do one of these since the controller is pretty slick.

microsoft167
microsoft167

OMG!!!! SO AWESOME!!! I AM SO NOT GETTING THIS! if anything at all, maybe the game, but I don't see the whole Halo-fanboy thing. Metal gear solid needs to come out with yearly games, or at least BI-yearly console games.

darksoldier573
darksoldier573

They were a company from chicago?thats cool cuz the company that made one of the best games actually came from where I live

risingsunbronco
risingsunbronco

I knew a bundle was rolling out, but silver color? Meh. I'll pass so more for everyone else!

microsoft167
microsoft167

if you want silver, look up a silver skin on ebay for a couple bucks...

microsoft167
microsoft167

I might have to bust out of my not-buying-halo-games just to get reach.

darksoldier573
darksoldier573

Halo is exactly one of the best reasons that Microsoft is better.

microsoft167
microsoft167

@metalkid9 ^ this kid says it all. Save your money until they actually make a better one than the one you already have.

metalkid9
metalkid9

I'm happy with my used refurbished Xbox 360 20GB that was released 5 years ago. It runs every game perfectly fine :)

jmford_1
jmford_1

@gungriffin What are you talking about???? The 360 does use dual layer dvd's....

microsoft167
microsoft167

@King_Gamer19 It really depends on your game preferences. In a Halo vs COD battle, both franchises definately have their weaknesses.

microsoft167
microsoft167

I dunno, but I think that the 4gb with kinect is targeted at those dissatisfied wii owners. Would hardcore gamers really go with the gay-a** kinect without any hd space at all? Just sayin...

Fernin-Ker
Fernin-Ker

@dz99ls I don't think it's so much a ploy to push up sales numbers so much as it is to give people the option to give them a console themed for a game they want. After all one doesn't have to buy the console bundle if they just want the game. Only those who are particularly fond of the game or its theme will bother with the bundle. Personally I think it's a nice option. :)

dz99ls
dz99ls

I am sick and tired of MS pushing console bundles for every damn game that is released, Seriously MW2 bundle, Final Fantasy Bundle, Splinter cell bundle and all of thise just in the last 8 months. Its a damn joke and a ploy to push up the consoles sales numbers......