Xbox Platinum Hits [2/01/03]

Update [2/11/03]

Courtesy of Gamespot, we finally get some more information about Microsoft's reduced price line of games. It has been confirmed that the Platinum Hits should retail at $19.99, and to be a part of the line, titles have to meet a certain volume of sales. The series current includes Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding, Blood Wake, Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, 007 Agent Under Fire, Max Payne, Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee, Project Gotham Racing, RalliSport Challenge, Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams, Simpsons Road Rage, Spy Hunter, SSX Tricky, Star Wars: Obi-Wan, Star Wars: Starfighter Special Edition, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 and Wreckless: The Yakuza Missions.

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[2/01/03] Without much in the way of announcement or promotion, Microsoft has started its own Greatest Hits line for the Xbox. For those not familiar with the concept, the Platinum Hits line makes available games that have had successful sales on the Xbox at a reduced price. There have been no details as to what sales goals or how long a title has to be available for a game to be able to be sold as a Platinum Hit.

First up is Project Gotham Racing, which will retail for $19.99 manufacturers suggested retail price, and Max Payne, which will sell for a little more at $29.99. Without any official announcements from Microsoft, there is no knowing what other titles may be featured on this line, but it isn't unrealistic to think that both Halo and Dead or Alive 3 will see a platinum border some time down the line.

The two Platinum Hits titles are already available in a few online retailers and should start showing up in the stores in a matter of a few weeks. You may still be able to find both titles for the reduced price in their original packaging until the new versions have reached the stores.

- - Vane

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