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Get an Xbox 360 Pro bundle for $199.99--or a PS3 Slim for $254.99

What's in the bundle? Oh, just an HDMI-equipped 360, two wireless controllers, and three games. It's a refurb, yes, but with the same one-year warranty as new units!

That's a big bundle of Xbox goodies for just $199.99 shipped.

Putting nearly all previous Xbox deals to shame, has a complete Xbox 360 Pro bundle for $199.99 shipped.

Until recently, it was fairly exciting to find the console alone for less than $200. The bundle includes not only the 360 (with a 20GB hard drive and HDMI output), but also two wireless controllers and three games. Unheard of, right?

Yes, this is a refurbished system. But before you run screaming for the hills, check it out: Microsoft is backing it with a full one-year warranty, same as new units. So you literally have nothing to lose by going the refurb route.

As I've said many times before, one of the things I like best about the Xbox 360 is that it pulls double duty as a Windows Media Center extender. And you can scarcely buy one of the standalone extenders for such a low price.

On the other hand, it's no Blu-ray player. If you'd rather have that, Dell Home has the Sony PlayStation 3 Slim for $254.99 shipped (plus sales tax in most states).

(Search for A3018856 to find the console, then apply coupon code 6FWJ247J1P44CK at checkout.)

The Slim's on backorder right now, but it appears you can still place orders for it. Don't want to wait? The SonyStyle store still has refurbished 40GB PlayStation 3 consoles for $236.77.

Well, game fans, over to you. Both these deals are really hard to pass up. Which console will you choose?

Thanks to reader Cary for sharing the Xbox deal!