It looks as though the Xbox 360 will sidestep the issue of offering consumers a price-cut this year, opting to tempt buyers away from Sony and Nintendo's new offerings with what has been dubbed the 'Xbox 360 Pro Bundle', a well-equipped 360 console seemingly replacing the Premium Pack.
Due for launch in August in the US, rumours on several well-established message boards, all springing up at around the same time, seem to point to a leak from US retail or distribution sources, following a briefing from Microsoft's Xbox sales team.
The Pro Bundle will, according to claims that should be kept firmly locked away in the rumour cupboard, contain the standard Premium Pack as well as Project Gotham Racing 3, a three month Gold subscription to Xbox Live and 1,250 XBL Marketplace points, all for $399. The pack is dated by sources for release the first week of August.
We'll keep you updated on the situation, but for the record, when contacted Microsoft offered only a 'no comment'.