Last night Activision held a special press conference in Los Angeles to show off the upcoming Infinity Ward title Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. This is, of course, the much anticipated sequel to 2007's hit title, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. While the game will be available on a variety of platforms, Microsoft took the opportunity to introduce a special Modern Warfare-themed XBox 360 bundle.
The current XBox 360 Elite comes with a 120 GB hard drive, a wireless controller and an XBox Live headset. It now retails for $299 (after a recent $100 price drop). This new Xbox 360 Modern Warfare 2 Limited Edition Console (the official title) contains a 250 GB hard drive, two wireless controllers, the XBox Live headset, a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and the XBox 360 itself has a special Modern Warfare design. The unit is available for pre-order now and will ship on November 10th (the same day the game releases).
Back in August, the German branch of Amazon briefly listed a 250 GB Xbox Elite bundled with Forza Motorsport 3 and 2 Wireless controllers for €279.99 (~$400 US). At the time, speculation about a new "Super Elite" Xbox flared up briefly but then was more or less written off as an error. Now it seems the Forza bundle is probably a legitimate product. Whether or not Microsoft will offer that bundle in North America is still unknown. Will 250 GB Xbox bundles be a new micro product line for MS? Forza Motorsport 3 ships on October 27th.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 lists for $59.99 and a Wireless Controller lists for $49.99, so there's no question that this is a good deal if you're thinking of buying your first Xbox 360 or looking to upgrade: you're getting the extra drive space 'free' (not to mention a spiffy paint job on the console itself). The Xbox 360's hard drive is not user-upgradable beyond 120 GB (at least not without some hacking) so this is the only way to get that extra storage space. Even if Microsoft comes out with a 250 GB add-on drive, it'll probably be prohibitively expensive. The 120 GB add-on drive lists for $159.99 (!) though you can get it for $120-$130 if you shop around. That's still crazy expensive for a 120 GB drive. (In contrast, Sony explains how to upgrade the PS3's hard drive in the user manual; it accepts a 2.5" laptop drive.)