Yesterday, we reported on a collection of special holiday deals for consumers looking to pick up an Xbox 360 in India.

Today, the official Xbox 360 Holiday Value Bundles have been announced by Microsoft and are said to be available “around the world”. In addition purchasers in the United States will receive $50 off their purchase.

There are three holiday deals available. The first two deals are both $299 USD and offer a choice between either a 250 GB Xbox 360 with Halo 4 and Tomb Raider or a 4 GB Xbox 360 with Kinect, Kinect Sports 2, and Kinect Adventures.

The third deal will cost you $399 and includes a 250 GB Xbox 360 with Kinect, Kinect Sports 2, Kinect Adventures, and Forza Horizon.

All deals include 1 free month of Xbox Live Gold and as we stated above, consumers who purchase the bundles in the United States are eligible for a $50 off promotion.

Microsoft is trying to show that Kinect is more than just a tool for casual gamers. Unfortunately, I am not sure if the holiday bundles Microsoft has put together, convey that message.

Microsoft should be bundling more difficult games with their Kinect bundles and forgoing the collection of “kid friendly” games they are currently bundling. As a gamer, but someone who loves Kinect – I am not sure which bundle I would go for. On one hand, I can get two great games (Tomb Raider and Halo 4) or I can get a Kinect, but bundled with Kinect Adventures and Kinect Sports (woohoo…).

A bundle that would greatly appeal to the hardcore masses might be a 250 GB Xbox 360 with Kinect, Forza 4 Motorsport, and Tomb Raider.

That being said, Xbox One is right around the corner, so do you really want to drop $399 on an Xbox 360 bundle right now?

Source: Major Nelson