Punters looking to buy a 250GB Xbox 360 on its own are likely to be sorely disappointed as Microsoft has confirmed that the console will only be sold bundled with games.
The boss of Xbox Live, Larry Hryb has told Kotaku in a short interview that the hard drive will not be sold separately. Two other bundles, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 and Forza motorsport 3 have already appeared online.
The bundles will come with the games and a number of accessories including a headset and a pair of wireless controllers. It is not known whether the Forza Motorsport 3 gaming consle will be customised like for Modern Warfare 2.
Interestingly, the launch of the Forzabundle has only been confirmed in Europe but it would be a surprise if that remains the case.
Game and Gamestation are already taking preorders on the gaming console bundle - around £250 - for a launch that is expected to happen on the 23rd of October, the day after Windows 7 is officially released.
Obviously, the other way of looking at it is to purchase an "old" version of the Xbox 360, get a 500GB laptop hard disk drive and do a hard disk swap, then with the money left, buy an extra controller, a headset and the actual game from Ebay.
At least when Forza Motorsport 5 or Modern Warfare 4 will launch, you won't still have that a reminder in your face that your Xbox 360 is a couple of years old.
Microsoft's reluctance to launch a standalone version of the Xbox 360 could be down to the fact that it wants to increase the number of games being sold and bundling is an excellent way of doing it. Furthermore, by doing so, Microsoft automatically increases the average revenue per user as well.