Halo(R) 3 Special Edition Xbox 360(TM) Console Priced, Dated For Europe

LONDON— 23rd August 2007: Microsoft® today announced estimated retail pricing and availability for the Xbox 360 Halo 3 Special Edition Console, launched in anticipation of this year’s largest blockbuster gamer launch, Halo 3.

The Xbox 360 Halo 3 Special Edition console, with an authentic Spartan green and gold finish, will carry an estimated retail price of£279.99 when it comes to retail on 26th September. The Xbox 360 Halo 3 Special Edition console comes with the following features:

· Halo 3 Special Edition Wireless Controller

· Halo 3 Special Edition 20GB Hard Drive

· Halo 3 Special Edition Wired Headset

· Halo 3 Special Edition Gamer Pics and Theme (Exclusive download via Xbox LIVE®)

· Component HD AV Cable

· Ethernet Cable

· HDMI Port

· Play&Charge Kit

· Xbox LIVE Silver Membership

· One-month Xbox LIVE Gold Membership

“We are pleased to offer the cool Halo 3 Special Edition console for the huge Halo fan community,” said Stephen McGill, Microsoft’s Head of Gaming and Entertainment.“It’s a great way for Halo fans to show their allegiance to one of the most popular and successful entertainment franchises ever. Halo 3 is just one of the amazing games coming to Xbox 360 this Christmas. Combine the best games lineup of any console ever, including the universally acclaimed Bioshock launching this week, with today’s new affordable estimated retail pricing that makes it easier for more people to enter the world of Xbox 360, and it’s clear there has never been a better time to be a gamer.”

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For more information, please contact:

Andy Irving / 0118 909 4599 / i-anirvi@microsoft.com

Kate Szlendak / 0118 909 5334 / v-kaszle@microsoft.com

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