Beatles Xbox 360 charity auction earns $17,300

Microsoft's Fab Four-themed console raises thousands for Doctors Without Borders; "All You Need Is Love" becomes "fastest-selling" Rock Band track in two days.

To help promote the launch of MTV Games and Harmonix's The Beatles: Rock Band last week, Microsoft listed a specially designed Xbox 360 console featuring detailed artwork from the opening sequence of the game. Within two days, the eBay charity auction had secured some 80 bids and a commitment for $7,000, proceeds from which will be donated to the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders.

Doctors Without Borders, getting a little help from their friends.

Today, the auction timer on the Beatles-themed Xbox 360 officially expired, and after 111 bids, the final selling price reached $17,300. Microsoft has not indicated how may Beatles consoles would be made available, saying only that a "small number" will be auctioned off for charity in the lead-up to the holiday season.

Microsoft also announced today that The Beatles' hit "All You Need Is Love," which is currently available only on the Xbox 360, has set a record for "the fastest-selling downloadable song in Rock Band history within two days of availability." Microsoft declined to provide a numeric value to how many units the song has sold. As with the Beatles-themed Xbox 360, proceeds from "All You Need Is Love" will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.

For more on The Beatles: Rock Band, which is also available for the PlayStation 3 and Wii, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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sampj
sampj

Beatles WIN.

KittenNipples
KittenNipples

Cool. Most Im hoping to get is a beatles sticker to stick on my 360 :P

marco245
marco245

This is the kind of news that should be shown more often here. Good news! Congrats :D

ichiban30
ichiban30

after reading this article, i was interested in learning what each company (Sony, MS, and Nintendo) did for the greater good. Each company DOES contribute to making this a better world besides providing great entertainment. If you are interested, check out their websites: Nintendo - http://www.nintendo.com/corp/csr/index.jsp#community MS - http://www.microsoft.com/About/CorporateCitizenship/us/CommunityInvestment/default.mspx Sony - http://www.sony.com/SCA/philanthropy.shtml Thanks to MS for what they did in this article. I wish the exclusive song "All You Need is Love" was sold on other consoles to help increase the amount given to DWB. The more, the better.

ichiban30
ichiban30

great cause. i wish i saw these articles more often from all companies.

thebeast45
thebeast45

@ Silver_S You obviously have no idea what your talking about since demos are free and online is $50 for 13 months.And you are paying for a far faster and compatible experience

-WHATTHEDUECE-
-WHATTHEDUECE-

i'm a really big playstation fan and i don't currently own an Xbox 360 but i really respect what microsoft has done here, makes me feel better knowing that a company as huge as Microsoft gives back to charities and other noble causes and Bill Gates himself has probably donated more to charities then anyone here could in a lifetime, Cheers MS!

Silver_S
Silver_S

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towely62
towely62

i dont like the game and i dont like the beatles i think they are overrated. celebs support and promote it then everyone else follows along sad really so if they come out with a beatles edition of the xbox i dont care cuz i dont like um. be yourselves guys

xtremeflem2day
xtremeflem2day

@mynamesdenvrmax: Microsoft isn't exactly greedy, but they just know business very well. They remain second in console sales (Its not like console sales has anything to do with how good a system is), and im glad that they are using at least a small amount of their earnings towards charity. Xbox 360's are pretty fun. Still, the 120 GB hard drive that costs 150$ is absolutely ridiculous.

Alex_09
Alex_09

@semisanity And I'm not saying Microsoft aren't greedy, but can anybody name a corportation that is just around for the hell of it, and are not focussed on profits?

Alex_09
Alex_09

@semisanity I agree the battery packs are a ripoff, but HD dvd players were hardly a necessity on the 360. The wireless adapter(that isn't needed since you can just plug into a modem) and xbox live are well worth the money if you only have wireless internet and play games online. You probably own a ps3 based on your response, but let me ask you, have you ever played xbox live? I do at least two or three times a week for about an hour, and I honestly can't remember getting lag since the second Call of duty map pack came out and hadn't been updated yet. I doubt any ps3 owner that plays online can even get close to matching that. Nobody wants a broken game, and the way I see it, 60 bucks a month gives you two times as many games as you had before, and without lag, glitches, or hackers(although I can't say ps3 has hackers because I really don't know).

rockwii13
rockwii13

It's a great way to get money for a good cause and spread the word of yourself so that you can get money for yourself. More companies should do this to show the world that videogames aren't just making kids fat, they are benefiting and bringing joy and entertainment to the world.

Proman84
Proman84

This is really good. What Bob Dylan is doing with donating all of the worldwide proceeds from his next holiday themed album is really impressive though and should rank in millions of dollars.

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

@genbeef Sony does charity stuff too I don't know why you would think they only care about profits when that's kinda what all 3 companies care about otherwise these systems would be free, don't you think? That was a bit unfair and also they have that feature where you can put your ps3 into wait mode or whatever it's called (I don't own one) and Harvard can use your ps3's processor to calculate amazing numbers to help fight cancer etc. So all three are doing their part to contribute their massive dollars to society.

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

@mynamesdenvrmax Microsoft can still be greedy. If they didn't give to charites like everyone else then they'd be seen as scum. Also, if the fundings for "All You Need Is Love" are all going toward charity then why isn't also available on PS3 and Wii? That would raise more money.

pure_evil_80
pure_evil_80

Wow someone has more money than sense. And for once I am talking about the band members. XD

Eastcoast93
Eastcoast93

good deed and i bought "all you need is love". sweet 360 i wish I owned 17000

SkinGravel
SkinGravel

I hate the word "kudos." I wish people would stop using it. It's a stupid, stupid word. The screwy thing is, I don't even know why I hate it. I just do.

semisanity
semisanity

@Alex_09 People say MS is greedy because they charge extra for wifi, hd dvds (not anymore), battery packs, live subscriptions, etc.

P0T
P0T

good job on the charity! charity is always good.

Kashmiro
Kashmiro

I want one of these 360s so bad, they look awesome! But even though it is for a good cause, I can' afford 20k lol. Hey at least I bought All You Need Is Love!

mynamesdenvrmax
mynamesdenvrmax

But wait...I thought MS was just the greediest company on Earth? Damn me for listening to Sony fanboys.

jeremyc99999
jeremyc99999

@Miroku_of_Nite1 A Pink Floyd Rock Band would be the next logical step. I would love to see that announced next, I would be one of the first in line to pre-order it.

jeremyc99999
jeremyc99999

I love the chance to rip into Activision and "Guitar Hero". If they put as much time into dlc as they do pushing out a different product every six months, they might be decent. Instead, they get buried by Harmonix and Rock Band. And every time Gamespot shows that picture of that guy that's the head of Activision, I think his name is Bob Smalldick, I seriously want to do bad things, very bad things.

xtremeflem2day
xtremeflem2day

@spotty6: I see you trolling on every xbox article, and you still try to say you have friends in real life. *Sigh* I feel sorry for you. All i can say.

Miroku_of_Nite1
Miroku_of_Nite1

You know, I wonder if something like this could get Pink Floyd to do a Rock Band game. The band is somewhat of a fan of charity, although getting Roger Waters on board will be the hard part. Also we will probably need a keyboard.

LOXO7
LOXO7

17,300 is a p poor number. At the very least MS should have bought it at $50,000. But hey it's MS saving. Like in Happy Gilmore, "Oh wait, this is good. We may get the house back cheaper than we thought." Or they probably didn't even buy it at all.

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

@gnbfd has "folding@home produced any concrete results yet? Anything? I think your drinking some of that fanboy juice yourself.

gnbfd
gnbfd

" genbeef Posted Sep 19, 2009 2:06 am ET it's a noble thing harmonix, the beatles, and microsoft have done. nintendo allows hospitals and researchers to use the wii and sony... hey sony! when are you going to step up and do something charitable for once instead of focusing on quaterly profits?" hey dude, it's called Folding @ Home Get your facts straight before spewing fanboy juice please

leandrovidotti
leandrovidotti

That's cool. I hope developers do that more often. It's nice to have great DLC, it's insanely good when it helps people and foundations. For all my 360's problems I became a Microsoft hater but I've to say that I can't imagine this happening in Sony's network. Kudos for Microsoft and the Xcrap (It's a tender nick for my 360). The games industry makes so much money that this move should became a trend.

squidracerX
squidracerX

@phattgurl: "Im not sure what theyre all about" Doctors without boarders is exactly what it sounds like, usually a doctor might donate time locally, but they don't leave their country, this is saying that you might have a British doctor, and supplies from France and they go to Nigeria to give vaccinations... Mobile doctors not confined to their own nation! :) I also love how Microsoft nabs exclusives on charity tracks, doesn't that seems like something they should have shared with SONY?? Kinda knobbish ponces eh? :)

halomonkey1_3_5
halomonkey1_3_5

"I love how people always insult microsoft calling them greedy and even use the "intelligent" nickname M$. Nintendo has donated a lot too but Sony has never done a thing. And what the hell is Apple doing for that matter? They always pretend to be the little contender and down to earth but they are making crap loads and don't seem to give out a thing, or at least something worth reporting." Nintendo and apple i have never heard or doing anything but Sony has Folding@home which lets researchers use the PS3's Cell processor to study protein folding.

Alex_09
Alex_09

I love how people always insult microsoft calling them greedy and even use the "intelligent" nickname M$. Nintendo has donated a lot too but Sony has never done a thing. And what the hell is Apple doing for that matter? They always pretend to be the little contender and down to earth but they are making crap loads and don't seem to give out a thing, or at least something worth reporting.

Leinhartx
Leinhartx

@genbeef doesn't Ps3 have that folding home thing? that raises money for cancer research. don't know much about it though. never heard of nintendo giving money. but im not very hip when it comes to this stuff

foxhound_fox
foxhound_fox

If I had that kind of money, I definitely would get in on those auctions.

phattgurl
phattgurl

Im not sure what theyre all about, but doesnt the name Doctors without borders sound kinda sketchy....i realize it means geographically, or does it....

shadoxnova
shadoxnova

Awesome! I wish the song "All ya need is love" However was available on PS3...

xfan-atic
xfan-atic

@dpsolo @cowmaster2k3 People just don't get the concept of charity auction. This is not about how much money you can make for the charity, and worse still, it's not about buying the xbox for playing with it, this is about making noise about charity. When you auction something for charity it creates "gosip", people are reminded the importance of charity and why it needs to be promoted. Sure, the $17k will not stop hunger, but this story got charity into your head, that is the value of the $17k.

dragonfly110
dragonfly110

I wish I had ordered the system, I was just saying to my friends that I would love a beatles themed 360 or PS3, plus the money would be going to a good cause.

spotty6
spotty6

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Pineapple_Head
Pineapple_Head

This Beatles edition 360 looks nice. I still like my Dark Knight edition 360 better though. Oh well. At least the profits went to a good cause. ^_^

WaffleHunter
WaffleHunter

I like the Beatles a lot. I've been listening to them since i was just a little kid.... So this is awesome news!