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Upcoming Xbox 360 Arcade console set to replace the Core model

Despite the Xbox 360’s seeming need for a hard disk drive, Microsoft will continue to sell an entry-level model of its console without any such magnetic storage. A new, unannounced Xbox 360 Arcade console was found listed on Amazon.com and Toys “R” Us websites.

Both retailers price the new Xbox 360 Arcade console at $279.99 – the same price currently occupied by the Core model – with availability beginning on October 23.

DailyTech previously reported on word that a new entry-level Xbox 360 would be packaged with a 256MB memory card and five free Xbox Live Arcade games. The basic model may not be the only one getting a holiday makeover; however, as the Xbox 360 Premium and Elite models may also soon be bundled with Forza Motorsport 2 and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance.

The upcoming Xbox 360 Arcade package, even though without a hard drive, would still represent a better value than the current Core bundle. In order to store game saves, buyers of Core machine would have to purchase at least a 64MB memory unit, which retails for $29.99.

Even with 256MB bundled in with the new system, users may soon find themselves without enough storage to download more than just a handful of Xbox Live Arcade games. One must wonder why Microsoft did not opt to include the 512MB memory unit instead.





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