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Offline JGZinv

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It's been in the news enough to say it's official...

August 8th Gamestop's getting a announcement from
M$ - most likely related to the 360 price drop.

August 12th (sunday paper) CircuitCity, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart
and the rest are dropping the Premium to $349.99, the Elite to
$449.99. The Core system appears to be axed by M$ - as BestBuy has said they won't be restocking them.

Also the more important part - CircuitCity's ad for this week (meaning it ends Sat 4th) lists all Live Acc's get $20 off when you pick up 2 that are $19.99 or over. This particularly matters for the Live 1600 point cards - figuring you can then get 3200 points for about $21 after tax. CircuitCity is really almost completely out of the cards across the nation - so the best bet is to get the Sunday ad and go to a BestBuy and do a price match. I did this myself and it worked better than going to CC. BestBuy's site is also not correct about the amount of stock - as I went to a store that listed they had none.. and there were at least 4 - 1600 point cards around (not after I got done ^_^ ).

A couple other things to note:

Preorder Halo 3 (any version) online at BestBuy now and get another 1600 point card for $5. You can go and pick up the point card now and get the game on Sept 25th. So you'd end up with 4800 points for about $26 - far cheaper than a single 4000 point card.

Also - if you do plan to get a console or have one, M$ has extended your warrenty, you'll need to look the details up.

For new consoles, the sweet spot is any version made in July of this year or later as those have the newer chipsets, epoxy fix, and heatsinks that stop the overheating and failure of the boxes. The Elite's seem to be the main ones showing up right now from July - as the retail chains have to go through their stock of Premiums before the new consoles will appear. There has been some success of people getting BestBuy or Wal-Mart employees to check their stock and finding a new shipment of July units.

The way to figure out if it's a July unit is to lift up the back flap on the box and look inside for a manufacturing date.

Links:
http://forums.xbox.com
http://www.joystiq.com/2007/07/31/circuit-city-flyer-shows-xbox-360-price-drop-on-all-systems/
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Offline brozozo

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Deepblue, is that you?

 

Offline IceFire

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Still waiting for the revision to drop the die size...if I can't wait that long then I'll wait till just after Christmas or something like that.  I really want Forza 2, Halo 3, and my brother can't wait for Fable 2 but we can wait a bit.  We need a new TV that will make it worthwhile.
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Offline Deepblue

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Deepblue, is that you?

Er. No.

In other news: 4-player online co-op in Halo 3

**** yeah.

 

Offline JGZinv

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No I'm not Deepblue... he's up there ^

Yay for Halo Co-Op.

IceFire - the chips shipping in the July units are the first
set to feature the size/heat reduction. 90nm to 65 I believe.
I'm not 100% sure on that exact number right now, but they are the new ones.
You can verify this in the Xbox forums under hardware, look for MRCUR's falcon
related posts.
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Offline Ace

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On the subject of Halo, I finally got and played Halo 2 (have it running fine on XP).

Much better than the original since the level design wasn't as repetitive and the shield/health system seems much more polished.

Also the ending wasn't as much of a groaner as I was led to believe that it was going to be.

Attacking the homeworld of your enemy, not expecting them to be there, and FTLing half of one of their cities into space? Awesome.
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Offline IceFire

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No I'm not Deepblue... he's up there ^

Yay for Halo Co-Op.

IceFire - the chips shipping in the July units are the first
set to feature the size/heat reduction. 90nm to 65 I believe.
I'm not 100% sure on that exact number right now, but they are the new ones.
You can verify this in the Xbox forums under hardware, look for MRCUR's falcon
related posts.
I was under the impression that the new ones shipping were still 90nm and that there weren't any confirmed releases for the 65nm yet although IBM was producing the new chips or was about to.
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Offline Deepblue

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Chip sizes are still the same. They'll go to 45nm I in Q4 I think. Currently, new models are shipping with a second heat sink though, making the hardware far more reliable. I'm just blessed to have been passed over by the plague of 3 red lights. :p

 

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I'm glad I waited to get a 360 now.
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Offline IceFire

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Feel free to read the thread...

http://forums.xbox.com/18/13882627/ShowPost.aspx#13882627
Thanks!  Very interesting...still seems that there is some question as to whats actually happening.  I guess we'll see...I'm still not intending to even consider buying till Christmas or after.
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