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
“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.
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.
quote: One must wonder why Microsoft did not opt to include the 512MB memory unit instead.
quote: Come on, its MS,
quote: Well this article is not in regards to every company out there that makes consoles, it is specifically talking about Microsoft's new version of their 360 so my comment was in direct relation to this article. Exscuse me if my language was guided toward the article at hand and not incorporating every facet of life in it.
quote: "It's the nature of business, they want your money." Your lack of including Nintendo/Sony as also doing this sort of thing is why I made the comment.
quote: If your that bored at work it might be wise to look for a new job that is more interesting. Job market is doing well recently.
quote: That said, Nintendo has an opportunity here that would give it a great bullet point over the 360-Arcade. I hope they pick up the ball.
quote: Like Sony and Nintendo are any different?