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Pay Just 5% More for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Special Edition Blue Bundle and Get Double the Capacity

Posted by on October 1, 2014 at 8:07 AM

EDIT [01/10/2014  21:48pm]: Since publishing this post, Microsoft and JB Hi-Fi have changed their offers or removed them completely. I spoke to a support agent on Microsoft’s live chat earlier today who said that there is no specified release date yet for the special edition blue bundle in Australia. EB Games is set to start selling the bundle on the 7th of October though, so perhaps Microsoft will have more information for us about a release date around that time.

 

Pay Just 5% More for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Special Edition Blue Bundle and Get Double the Capacity

Microsoft are celebrating the 9 year run that the Xbox 360 has been in production. The Xbox 360 is the 2nd generation console within the Microsoft product line and to celebrate, prices are being dropped across the entire range. From the bare bones version with 4GB of memory up to the 500GB special blue edition including a Call of Duty bundle. All prices are being slashed.

This new announcement from Microsoft will come into affect from the 1st of October. However only one store has been given exclusivity to sell the Blue Edition 500GB version besides Microsoft themselves, namely EB Games. The advantage of buying it directly from Microsoft though is that you’ll get it for $20 cheaper. This bundle includes a Blue Edition Xbox 360, blue infused controller, Call of Duty Ghosts, Call of Duty Black Ops 2 and 1 month free access to Xbox Live Gold. If this wasn’t enough, Microsoft have also launched an additional bundle for other stores to offer, which includes; a 250GB console, controller, Halo 4, Tomb Raider, Forza Horizons and Skyrim. I’ve put together a break down below to see where you can get your hands on these bundles, how much value for your money you receive plus whether you can get it cheaper by buying the games and console separately elsewhere.

 

First, let’s address the prices from Microsoft to put things into perspective. Have a look at the table below to see how much Microsoft have dropped the price on each of the Xbox 360 consoles. You will notice below that the largest reduction is on the Xbox 360 250GB console, which has come down from $299 to $199. This is the largest drop percentage-wise by far totalling $100 cheaper. So if you’re thinking about buying one or know someone who is, make sure they’ve read this blog first.

Xbox 360

Current RRP$

New RRP from 1st October

4GB Console

$199.00

$179.00

4GB Kinect Console Bundle

$299.00

$249.00

250GB Console

$299.00

$199.00

250GB Kinect Console Bundle

$399.00

$299.00

500GB Console

$279.00

500GB LE Console Bundle

$279.00

 

It would appear that Microsoft are trying to steer customers towards buying the 250GB model, because there is no logic in saving $20 to buy the 4GB console. If you were to buy the cheapest model here, you would save yourself $20, however you would also lose 246GB of storage. So for the additional $20 you can increase your internal hard drive capacity from 4GB to 250GB, giving far better value for money. Your other option is to spend an additional $80 which gives you an increase of internal memory again to 500GB for the special blue edition with blue controller, Call of Duty Ghosts and Call of Duty Black Ops 2.

Pay Just 5% More for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Special Edition Blue Bundle and Get Double the CapacityIf you like the sound of beefing up your internal memory and getting the blue edition, then you need to get yourself on to the Microsoft Online store, because they are the only place selling it for $279. EB Games who are the only other retailer granted permission to sell the Xbox 360 500GB Blue Edition, have it on sale for $299. Microsoft have provided other stores with the Holiday bundle which includes 4 games and a 250GB console. The games included within the package are; Tomb Raider, Forza Horizon, Halo 4 and Bomberlands 2.

 

But how do these prices compare against buying the Xbox 360 console and the games individually? Below I have composed a table summarising all the prices for each of the consoles, plus the prices of the two Call of Duty games for this comparison. Some of the stores mentioned such as Fishpond had the price available for the Xbox 360 250GB, however they were out of stock, so this is why you will see the price of this model in red. Other stores did not have the product available to purchase on their online store, which is why you will see a N/A (Not Available) box filled. Finally all other stores which did have products but were out of stock have also been listed. If of course there is still something you do not understand in either of the tables mentioned in this post, please feel free to ask questions in the comments section below.

 

Retailer

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Call of Duty: Ghosts

Xbox 360 4GB

Xbox 360 250GB

Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Bundle

Xbox360 500GB Blue edition

Shipping

EB Games

$35.00

$46.00

$199.00

$299.00

$299.00

$299.00

$8.60

Fishpond

$32.15

$36.83

$185.00

$277.00

N/A

N/A

Free

Harvey Norman

$48.00

$129.00

$188.00

$268.00

$298.00

N/A

$9.95 / Collect

OzGamesShop

$32.99

$32.99

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

$1.99 / Collect

Dick Smith

$33.05

$69.98

N/A

$298.00

N/A

N/A

$4.95 / Collect

Big W

N/A

$88.00

Sold Out

Sold Out

Sold Out

N/A

$9.90

JB Hi-Fi

$49.00

$49.00

$144 / $194

N/A

$288.00

N/A

$0.99 / $9.95

Target

N/A

$79.00

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Free over $75

Simply Games

$46.21

$46.21

$269.50

$322.00

N/A

N/A

$4.60

Microsoft Store

N/A

N/A

$179.00

$199.00

N/A

$279.00

Free

 

So to summarise the table above, you can see that the least expensive place to buy Black Ops 2 individually is at Fishpond, for $32.15. Plus with free shipping there is no extra costs to worry about. However to get the Call of Duty: Ghosts, the latest edition within the Call of Duty range, (until the COD Advanced Warfare is released) the cheapest place to buy is OzGamesShop for a total of $32.99. Their cheap shipping brings the total to $34.98, a whole $1.85 cheaper than Fishpond.

Now for the Xbox console, referring to the table you can see that there are a number of the big brand stores out of stock. I believe this may have been due to the stores reducing their stock count in preparation for the new price drop ahead of the holiday period. So if your looking to get your hands on the basic Xbox 360 with 4GB memory, you want to head over to Fishpond’s online store, where they have it for $185 with free shipping. Although this isn’t the cheapest on this list my experience at JB Hi-Fi was very interesting. When selecting their Xbox 360 4GB to purchase and viewing my basket before completing the order, the price of the console had jumped from $144 up to $194 in the basket. Either a very sneaky tactic to charge you more, or a glitch in the website, either way, be aware of this if you choose to purchase from these guys!

Pay Just 5% More for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Special Edition Blue Bundle and Get Double the Capacity

Harvey Norman is the clear winner for the cheapest Xbox 360 250GB edition, at $268, plus shipping of $9.95 makes a total of $277.95. Fishpond would, however, be cheaper by 0.95c if they had the product in stock. But if you’re looking to get your Xbox with some games and like the sound of the Holiday bundle including 4 games, JB Hi-Fi was the cheapest, until today (1st October) when they suddenly discontinued the holiday bundle.  So your next best bet is to go to Harvey Norman, where you can get it for $298 and collect for free, otherwise pay $9.95 for delivery.

In true savvy-saving fashion you can see from the analysis above, that if you were to calculate all of the cheapest options available to you, you could have both Call of Duty games (Fishpond & Ozgamesshop) and an Xbox 360 250GB (Microsoft) for $265.13 delivered to your door. This would be a saving of $13.87 over the Xbox 360 500GB blue edition bundle from Microsoft. In other words, if you spend just 5% more on the blue edition bundle you’ll get double the amount of capacity. Seems like the most logical choice.

But if you’re not too fussed about memory on your console and like the classic look of the original Xbox 360, then you may well choose to save the extra money by purchasing the three products individually via their respective retailers. You could then put those savings towards the purchase of a new game of your choice.

 

Without ostracising the next-gen gamers interested in the Xbox One, I have included some information on these consoles, bundles and deals including Kinect as well. Please see below.

Just Launched 25th September to 31st December

Xbox One (including or excluding Kinect and Forza 15 Bundle)

 

New Products – Pre-order here to get $10 Xbox Gift Card

 

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