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.