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Best Buy offers Xbox 360, Samsung HDTV bundles
by Marcus Lai

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Best Buy Co. Inc. stores this week began offering customers discounted bundles that include Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 and Plasma and LCD HDTV sets by Samsung Group.

The retailer this week is advertising a Samsung 42" Class 720p Plasma HDTV and Xbox 360 Pro SKU for $899.99 after $400 savings.

Additionally, it is offering the Samsung 37" 720p LCD HDTV and Xbox 360 Pro for $899.99 after $300 in savings.

NPD Group Inc. in Dec. said that the Xbox 360 sold 836,000 units in Nov. U.S. sales.

Microsoft in Dec. said that the Xbox 360 hardware outsold Sony Corp.'s Playstation 3 by 3-to-1 on Black Friday, according to internal retail data sales figures.

Additionally, the company said 360 sales were 25 percent ahead of Black Friday sales figures from 2007.

This holiday, Microsoft released sequel game titles to headline year-end sales, including Gears of War 2 and Fable II.

Microsoft on Nov. 19 launched the New Xbox Experience, a dashboard overhaul that adds new channels and community services to Xbox Live.

Microsoft on Sept. 5 discounted all Xbox 360 hardware in the U.S. between $50 to $80 to spur sales.

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