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This might possibly be the best console bundle ever...
Over at the San Diego Comic Con, Microsoft has revealed what might not only be the best console bundle ever, but also the best limited edition product we've seen all year (even better than yesterday's news that an Ultra Rare Edition of Super Meat Boy is coming to the UK).
Alongside the release of Kinect Star Wars this autumn, Microsoft is releasing an Xbox 360 console bundle modelled on R2-D2 and C-3PO (see image right). The console itself bears the R2-D2 design alongside a white Kinect camera, while the gold controller is adorned with the C-3PO theme.
And before you start thinking that it's all just a bit of gimmicky paintwork, think again. Microsoft is actually programming custom sound effects into the machine that give off R2-D2 beeps whenever you power-on the console or open the disc tray (see the vid below - apologies for the poor quality towards the end).
The console has the largest hard drive Microsoft has ever made for the Xbox 360 at 320GB and will set fans back $449.99. Considering that the standard 250GB Kinect bundle currently costs $399.99 in the US, the Star Wars bundle is pretty reasonably priced as far as we're concerned.
Reassuringly, Joystiq has confirmation that the bundle will be coming to the UK as well as the US.
Update: Most of the UK's major online game retailers are now taking pre-orders for the limited edition bundle, which comes in at a fairly priced £349.99 (a regular 250GB Xbox 360 Kinect bundle has an RPP of £299.99).
Depending on the number of these consoles that are coming to the UK, a pre-order at this stage may be something of an investment. If numbers are as limited as Microsoft is implying, then a highly desirable item like this might potentially increase in value once retail stocks are exhausted.
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