Ah, the Xbox 360. Has it really been ten years? Well, no, it hasn’t, but come March 14th it’ll be the 10th anniversary of the original Xbox’s debut in Europe. To help celebrate that (and perhaps distract you from the fact that the 360 could really use a refresh) Microsoft is readying a new bundle for Europe, revealed by Amazon France and spotted by The Examiner. The collection includes a load of goodies including an extra controller, both physical and digital games, and a little free Xbox Live time for your trouble.
The full list of pack-ins includes: the 250Gb hard drive-edition Xbox 360, two wireless controllers, three months of free access to Xbox Live Gold, a physical copy of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition, digital copies of Halo: Reach, Gears of War 2 and Fable 3, and the secure knowledge that you’re in the good company of more than 60 million gamers worldwide. It’s going for a preorder price of 280 Euros or about $370 US, though you’re unlikely to see this exact bundle cross the pond any time soon.
Conspicuously absent from the bundle is the Xbox Kinect, in any way, shape or form. Though Microsoft has certainly been pushing the alternate control device as the next generation of Xbox, this bundle seems aimed at the more traditional gamer – packing in nothing but shooters and RPGs is a dead giveaway. While it’s possible that they’re planning a second bundle, I kind of doubt it – for those who find the more casual games that the Kinect leans towards, it sells itself. Since the 10th anniversary of the Xbox’s release in America passed last fall, don’t expect to see this bundle on Wal-Mart shelves… though Microsoft will certainly have another one coming along soon enough.