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The supposed new marketing sheet for Xbox 360  (Source: Gamernode)
Microsoft to upgrade Xbox 360 Core to Arcade-centric package, but still no hard drive

Reports from Belgian gaming blogs covering the Leipzig Games Convention indicate that Microsoft will replace the Xbox 360 Core system with a superior version – and at likely without any change at the price point. The new entry-level system, called “Xbox 360 Arcade: Just Play,” will still lack a hard disk drive, but will be packaged with a 256MB memory card. Its namesake comes from the fact that the new system will come with five Xbox Live Arcade games. Additionally, the new Core system will come with a wireless controller, replacing the current wired one.

The upper-class versions of the Xbox 360 will also receive taglines as part of a marketing effort. The Xbox 360 Premium system will be tagged with the words “Go Pro,” while the Xbox 360 Elite will carry the words “Go Big.”

The latest production batches of Xbox 360 Premium units in the U.S. now feature an HDMI port, signifying Microsoft’s move to the “Zephyr” motherboard that was first introduced in the Xbox 360 Elite. The next move could be for Microsoft to manufacture Xbox 360 Core units with the “Zephyr” motherboard as well.

The news comes from a Microsoft source in Belgium, who sent the following email to Gamernode:

"The embargo just lifted on some news I got earlier. At an as of yet unknown date, the Core will be completely phased out and repackaged as the 'Xbox Arcade: Just Play' pack. It will come with 5 games (I assume Uno and Pac-Man are two since I believe I saw them on the box art shown), a 256 mb memory card, and will be priced at 279. I'm not 100% sure about this part, but my notes say it will have an HDMI exit, but no cable in the box."

Gaming blog Kotaku also backs up the story, claiming the new Core system and marketing behind the Xbox 360 will also apply to the North American market come this holiday season.

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By FITCamaro on 8/21/2007 7:47:23 AM , Rating: -1
You guy didn't also make note of the color change for the Premium. Now silver instead of white. Sucks for a friend of mine since he just bought a Premium and I'm sure he'd rather have the Silver color.

RE: Suprised
By therealnickdanger on 8/21/2007 8:09:52 AM , Rating: 2
Nope, it's not silver, it's just that the DVD tray has a chrome (silver) bezel rather than body color. Nothing has changed in that regard.

RE: Suprised
By FITCamaro on 8/21/2007 8:37:55 AM , Rating: 2
My bad. It looked like it was silver and a different color than the Core in the picture. It also states a Silver Finish in the table while the Core says Standard Finish which I took to mean white.

RE: Suprised
By therealnickdanger on 8/21/2007 9:27:42 AM , Rating: 2
And you were correct, but the finish they refer to is only the bezel. :P

I noticed the color variance in the side-by-side picture as well. Not sure why it looks that way. We'll know for sure after Microsoft makes it official.

RE: Suprised
By DFranch on 8/21/2007 9:25:31 AM , Rating: 2
he could buy a silver faceplate. They are only like $15.

RE: Suprised
By mars777 on 8/22/2007 2:43:57 AM , Rating: 2
He could buy even the HDDVD addon, a wireless controller and a memory card reader and have a PS3 in price and specs :P
But it would be the price of a pS3 :P

RE: Suprised
By Samus on 8/22/2007 3:35:57 AM , Rating: 2
Can you download live content, such as Castlevania, to the mem card.

I might get this bundle but want to make sure i can play me my castlevania :)

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