Forza 3/Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 Elite bundle confirmed

[UPDATE] Following Amazon listing, Microsoft officially announces Xbox 360 Elite spring 2010 hardware package with 120GB hard drive, two of 2009's biggest exclusive.

[UPDATE] On March 9, Microsoft officially announced the Halo 3: ODST/Forza bundle. GameStop will begin shipping it on Wednesday, March 17. The original Retail Radar story is below.

Gamers in the market for a new Xbox 360 system have a wealth of options on the way. Beyond the already available Xbox 360 Arcade and Xbox 360 Elite options, Microsoft has announced a pair of bundles that will see a 250GB version of the Xbox 360 Elite packed with a long-awaited game launch and two controllers. Next week, the Square Enix role-playing game Final Fantasy XIII will receive the Elite bundle treatment, while Ubisoft's stealth action game Splinter Cell: Conviction will get its own Elite bundle in early April.

Need a new 360 and the system's two biggest exclusives from last year's holiday season?

Microsoft is apparently not over its bout of bundle fever just yet, as online retailer Amazon.com is listing a new spring 2010 Xbox 360 Elite configuration that will see the system packed in with two of its biggest exclusives from last year: Halo 3: ODST and Forza Motorsport 3. Judging from packaging art, the bundle will include a 120GB hard drive and a single controller. The product page suggests the package will arrive March 9, but Amazon has not started accepting preorders for it, nor is the retailer listing a price.

A Microsoft representative did not return GameSpot's request for confirmation and further details regarding the spring 2010 bundle. For more on the packed-in games, check out GameSpot's reviews of Halo 3: ODST and Forza Motorsport 3.

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97 comments
Gamer999000
Gamer999000

does anyone know when this bundle will end?will there be a halo reach bundle?

Nobri
Nobri

It's about time they released a good bundle. Since the Elite is targeted for mature gamers, I find it weird that they just now decided to put games like this in instead of Madagascar, LEGO Batman or any of those other crap games.

shawise
shawise

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oneligas
oneligas

hey Microsoft stop putting Forza in the bundle, i got the Xbox 360 with Forza 2 and i hated it. if you want new gamers to buy a Xbox 360 don't put a serious racing sim in the console bundle put another good action game in next time.

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

so they realised no-one wants lego batman and pure. forza's best racing game of this gen so far........odst, standalone expansion to the outdated halo 3.

rulo13
rulo13

@Doolz2024 You are cute! lol

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

@force_user1975 dont let microsoft know your thoughts! i can already see the reach 360! a downloadable version of halo and halo 2, halo 3 or odst AND reach?!!?! dear god. microsoft is really killing it with the bundles. sony only had one, the mgs4 ps3. they do well with handheld bundles, like the assassin's creed psp and the others, but microsoft is making them look like bona fide fools when it comes to sweetening the deal with home console deals

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

This is a killer bundle... seriously. If you wanted to get a taste of 2 of the better exclusives, this is a great wash and rinse buy for anyone on the fence. Props to Microsoft for not throwing Kung-Fu panda and "lego spoof X" in the box instead.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

ugh, microsoft stop teasing us!!!!! now i have to ponder whether to trade in my xbox for either the ffxiii or splinter cell xbox, or go further and trade in my odst to get this one with a copy of odst and forza!!!! arrrgh! so many choices!

pina187
pina187

You still have your launch XBOX eyebrowless? That is insane. I have gone through like 10 of them. My launch one broke within a week. I now own 3 of them (I got 2 kids) Dunno if I will buy one of these bundles yet. Will wait on the price.

eyebrowless
eyebrowless

awesome deal. shame i dont have 300 bucks. I'm getting tired of my launch xbox cause it doesnt have HDMI port and my HDD is almost at its limit :(

eal-zubieri
eal-zubieri

i just bought an elite after my old one died and i maneged to get the jasper xbox with the HD cables (HDMI,component and optical adapter) which i found really nice except the new model like this one which only come with normal cables ,the only advantage is the hard drive which i think is huge for a xbox the 120 GB HDD is more then enough for me .

Ebougile
Ebougile

I've been thinking about a 360 and this bundle might finally make me pull the trigger. I live in Canada and Future Shop currently has the Holiday 2009 bundle with three additional games for the same price as this Spring Value Bundle, but I really prefer the two games that come with the Spring Value Bundle over the five games they are offering with the Holiday 2009 Bundle. I have a v1 Xbox (Holiday 2004 Bundle) which is still going strong, but a 360 would be sweet. I'm just worried about the RROD and E74 errors, etc. I would have to make sure ventilation is good.

SomeGuyInLA
SomeGuyInLA

Awww man it isn't available on Amazon any more. Maybe they're gonna delay it or something. I guess I'll have to wait for this bundle or maybe I'll get the Splinter Cell bundle (which ever is released first). After I bought the winter bundle I realized how much Pure and Lego Batman sucked (good thing I heard about this bundle before it was too late), so I won't be getting that bundle again.

Doolz2024
Doolz2024

Would be an awesome bundle if they had another game besides ODST in there. Still ok, though. I'd buy it if I didn't own a 360 already.

BigStik
BigStik

dammit, after i got the console... ive got those two games anyway, so all good :D

falcOWNS
falcOWNS

gaaaaah! y does the good bundle comes AFTER i bought the crappy bundle??? *goes back to playing pure and/or lego batman* ಠ_ಠ

joksterz78
joksterz78

halo sucks but Forza 3 is great!!!

gokuofheaven
gokuofheaven

i don't know if anyone has realized that it's already sold out and removed from amazon.com. I was able to grab one while they had it up yesterday.

PhailBob
PhailBob

The elite should come with an adapter.

bigM10231
bigM10231

yeah now i want an elite more

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

@t0taldj Integrate the old one in and make a new JSR. Color the system neon green and blue with the Jet Set Radio logo on top. It could make me cry.

Chester950
Chester950

w00t a xbox360 with a great racing game and a beta key for Halo: Reach lol

OneBadLT123
OneBadLT123

Last time they did these bundles they were including pre-Jasper models. I hope these will be Jasper models. If not then these bundles are esentially worthless. A lot of people were dissapointed when they found out they had an inferior model in that Halo 3 / Fable 2 bundle.

t0taldj
t0taldj

@SDBusDriver1979 I so wish they make a new JSR game

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

In some ways I wish they integrate Jet Set Future with every 360 would be mind blowing. The greatest system bundle ever.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

@denu - you just delete the games once you beat them - im assuming you install them to quicken load times - for dlc just get goty editions, or when you get the achievements for them delete them, these things are rarely replayabe - as far as arcade games go, there are only a handful that are worth getting and they take up no where near the space

bluefire1360
bluefire1360

Great deal, better then the whole lego batman crap.

Canned_Peanuts
Canned_Peanuts

Aw. I just got stupid Lego Batman and Pure... :(

boyracing007
boyracing007

damn this such a good deal!!. if any1 is gonna buy a 360 this is the time!

force_user1975
force_user1975

Do you people not see it says 2 free games? It's the Elite plus 2 "FREE" games. That means it is still $299. Heck of a deal MS!

dentui
dentui

@kiramasaki Your point of view. I have used up almost 100GB. Reason is, I download the games I play often and have all of their DLC in the HDD. You would be surprised how much memory 5-8 games can take up(Mass Effect 2 is times 2)

dentui
dentui

@VidGamAnonymous It is around 300 bucks not 500

DarthEthong467
DarthEthong467

OMG, finally they decide to bundle the console with DECENT games and none of that Lego bullsh*t.

solo4321
solo4321

I hate bundles where they put both games in one case...it's nasty lol.

mattg90520
mattg90520

i got gyped. i got rockstar table tennis with my xbox. the bundles theyre releasing are tons better than mine a few years back.

Flash159
Flash159

Still have a 2005 xbox 360 with 12 gb and I've been meaning to buy both games incl. in the package, I'm gonna get this when it hits Europe.

JKMadu619
JKMadu619

My 360 was the family fun bundle Kung Fu Panda and Lego Indiana jones. My DSi was somewhat of a bundle it came with the 10 dollar DSi ware, Future shop often has a "Get a free game if bought during this week!" so check there often. Bundles help when your right on the edge of buying.

KrunkMastaX
KrunkMastaX

An Xbox 360 with the Jasper chipset (so it has a better chance of NOT going RROD on me), a wireless adapter for Xbox Live, a year of Xbox Live Gold Membership, an HDMI cable, Capcom Platinum Hits Triple Pack (which includes Dead Rising, Lost Planet Colonies Edition, and Devil May Cry 4 all for like 40 bucks), Project Gotham Racing 4, Burnout Paradise, Halo 3, Final Fantasy 13, Street Fighter 4, AND Assassin's Creed all for 500 bucks. Thats a deal i gathered together and made myself from amazon.com. Pretty sweet deal too eh? :P If I didnt have this I'd definitely be getting this new bundle. Hell yeah what an awesome deal.

gokuofheaven
gokuofheaven

Just pre-ordered it on Amazon - $299, should have it next Wednesday. I'm glad I waited out.

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

I agree that this is a good buy for those who do not have a Xbox 360.

VidGamAnonymous
VidGamAnonymous

$500 for something i already have? Screw u Microsoft

spikbeatz
spikbeatz

@shkar, clone yourself. that's what I did.

spikbeatz
spikbeatz

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Ovirew
Ovirew

Both are pretty decent games, even if ODST was a bit underwhelming. You can jump into Halo 3 multiplayer, ODST firefight and Forza 3 races right out of the box, so this is a pretty win bundle.