I've been dragging my feet about upgrading my Xbox, but some of the bearings are getting a bit noisy, and the more time I spend with Vista's Media Center the more I want to use the Xbox as an extender. Then there's the gaming side: I quite like driving games and to be honest the wheel I have has been a major disappointment after the force feedback wheel I had on my PC. I'm quite taken with the Force feedback wheel for the 360 - although it's early days for games which support it. And Halo 3 isn't far away.
I've also had a little bit of good news on the financial front recently so I decided the time had come to treat myself to a 360; you may know that Microsoft has a staff purchase system to let us buy software more-or-less at cost price. Since Consoles are sold with a subsidy, they'd be more expensive than in the shops, so they're not even listed. Which is how I find myself on Amazon - where I found three offers
Get a free Xbox 360 Entertainment pack (a 2nd wireless controller, Project Gotham Racing 3 and Xbox Live Arcade Unplugged: Volume 1)
Get Crackdown & Gears of War for £10 until midnight on May 30, 2007. (£10 the pair, not £10 each - cheaper than staff purchase)
So I've ordered the console with 20GB hard drive, ethernet cable, HD AV cable and headset, two wireless controllers, PGR3, Crackdown and Gears of War - for less than £279.99 RRP. Now I have to go to the staff purchase site and order the wheel ,the Media remote (a much better design original Xbox DVD bits)and WiFi adapter (which runs at 54Mbit/sec and turns off with the console. My current 11Mbit one is on 24/7, not very green). Then I have to move my Xbox live subscription over. So there's still stuff to do to get exactly what I want, but I feel like a big kid a few days before Christmas.
Driving home last night I heard Stephen McGill (who's in charge of all things Xbox in the UK) on the