It’s funny to see this thread because I started looking for an Xbox Series X this week, very casually, since I got my partner the fancy new Mass Effect remaster, and our elderly Xbox One seems like it’s always a day or two away from failing.
In any event, I found that my sole option this week is to buy a bundle from Walmart for… $1700 CAD! What a deal, since it comes with… Watch Dogs Legion, the system, and that’s it. For reference, the Series X retail price in Canada is $599, and games in general retail for $79.99 (although I’m seeing that most places have Watch Dogs reduced to $39.99– it must not have sold well or whatever). SO, that’s $678.99 worth of merchandise for the low low price of… $1000 over retail.
Anyway, I’m not doing that! It brings back extremely unpleasant memories of PS2 ‘bargain’ bundles at launch.
I shouldn’t be surprised that this is the way next generation stuff has stayed since at least the PS2, because, well, capitalism, right? Still, I’m just astonished that the console market supports this kind of thing, generation after generation.