At EBgames.com, your options for purchasing an Xbox 360 online come in two packages: The Xbox 360 Ultimate Bundle or the Xbox 360 Core Bundle. The Xbox 360 Ultimate Bundle includes the Xbox 360 Premium console (click here to read about differences between the Premium and Core Xbox 360 consoles), four games (Perfect Dark Zero: Limited Edition, Project Gotham 3, Kameo: Elements of Power, and Dead or Alive 4), an additional wireless controller, a Play & Charge Kit (for extra controller) and a Rechargeable Battery Pack (for the controller than comes with the console), all for only $699 of your hard earned dollars.
Sound a little high for you? Then you may opt for the Xbox 360 Core Bundle, which is pretty much the same as the Ultimate Bundle, with a few exceptions. Obviously, the Xbox 360 that comes with the Core Bundle is the stripped down and hard drive free Xbox 360. Instead of an extra wireless controller, you will receive an extra wired controller. And because you don't need to charge your wired controllers, the charges have been replaced with a memory unit, which is necessary to save your games if you have an Xbox 360 with no hard drive. The same four games come with the Core Bundle as those that come with the Ultimate Bundle. For the many sacrifices one would be making in opting for this bundly, you'd think EB would knock more than $100 off the price. However, it currently stands at $599.92.
Over at EB's future partner store, Gamestop.com, the $599 price point is nowhere to be found, as they went the other way. Gamestop is offering four Xbox 360 bundles, ranging in price from $699.91 to (get this) $1199.83. Here's how they break down.
Xbox 360 Core System Bundle ($699.91) - Xbox 360 Core System, Perfect Dark Collector's Edition, Project Gotham Racing 3, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Call of Duty 2, Dead or Alive 4, Xbox 360 Controller (wired), Xbox 360 Memory Unit and 1 Year Product Replacement Plan.
Xbox 360 Silver Bundle ($799.90) - Xbox 360, Perfect Dark Collector's Edition, Project Gotham Racing 3, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion,
Call of Duty 2, Dead or Alive 4, Wireless Controller, Play and Charge Kit, Rechargeable Battery and 1 Year Product Replacement Plan.
Xbox 360 Gold Bundle ($899.88) - Same as Silver bundle, with the addition of Kameo and a 12 month Xbox Live Subscription.
Xbox 360 Ultimate Bundle ($1199.83) - Same as the Gold Bundle, with the addition of five games: GUN, Quake 4, Tony Hawk's American Wasteland, Condemned, Madden NFL 06.
It should be noted that, at this time, you cannot purchase the Xbox 360 console on its own at neither EBgames.com, nor at Gamestop.com. Personally, I'm not a fan of such bundle offerings. I've never enjoyed other people (nor companies) choosing games for me, particularly when it's hard to see if there are any savings involved. Also, at a minimum with these console offerings, you'll be buying four games. I've never bought four games at one time in my life, and I don't think I'm going to start on the day when I'm already spending $399 on a console.