Xbox 360 Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 console announced

Microsoft treats the Call of Duty first person shooter series almost like it was a first party game franchise for the company. It's no secret that Call of Duty titles have sold the most on Microsoft's Xbox 360 console. The game's publisher Activision also releases the game's DLC packs for the Xbox 360 platform first. Today, Microsoft announced via the Major Nelson web site that it will release a limited edition version of the Xbox 360 that will have custom graphics from the next game in the series, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3.

The limited edition console will also come with two wireless Xbox 360 controllers, both with Modern Warfare 3 graphics, and a copy of the game itself from developers Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games. Inside the console, gamers will find a roomy and exclusive 320 GB hard drive and a custom sound package for the console's on/off button and the disk tray eject. It also comes with one free month of Xbox Live Gold service and some exclusive items for your Xbox Live Avatar. Pre-orders for the limited edition console are now being taken for $399 at retailers and it will be released on November 8, the day that Modern Warfare 3 ships to stores.

In addition to the special Modern Warfare 3 Xbox 360 console, Microsoft will sell two other custom hardware devices on October 11. One is a version of the Xbox 360 Wireless Headset with Bluetooth that will have Modern Warfare 3 graphics. It will be priced at $69.99. The other is a version of the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller, again with the game's custom graphics, for $59.99. Both devices will have an Xbox Live code that can be used to get an unnamed exclusive downloadable item.

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how big is the market for these? I assume people dont' just buy a second xbox because they like the colors. are there poeple without xboxes who are really into cod and would like one priced higher and colored differently?

I bought the MW2 edition when I come home after my first deployment, sold it before my second, I'll probably buy this when I come home from this deployment.

I think it's cool that MS gets behind the COD games, but they are getting stale. Watched the mp vid today...insanely overpowered perks..check...gun with 10 attachments...check...annoying chopper shooting you as you respawn...check! Console looks cool though...

I liked it at first, but now my OCDness is coming through and the fact that it looks all dinged up would drive me crazy after a while. Think a nice gun metal grey paint job on it would look pretty slick though.

Looks like a transforming D-pad on the controllers, too! Nice! Even better the buttons are actually colored this time!

Sound effects? extra graphics? I can do that on ye olde JTAG.

Still, not a bad idea. Wish M$ would make a full custom devkit though.

Auzeras said,
Sound effects? extra graphics? I can do that on ye olde JTAG.

Still, not a bad idea. Wish M$ would make a full custom devkit though.

They do, and they've got many different versions of it for depending on what it's being used for.

Adamb10 said,
Unlike the star wars console this one doesnt look half bad.

I just wish they'd make these designs a little more generic, and not just plaster the logo of a single game all over the console. When the hype of MW3 has gone away, you'll be left with a console with it's logo staring you in the face forever more.