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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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It's a start....
By Legionosh on 8/21/2007 9:46:48 AM , Rating: 2
Well if this is indeed true then it's a step in right direction, although I still think they could've dropped the price to $250 to be at the same price as the Wii (still the 360 and PS3 are usually seen as a step/class above the Wii so we'll accept the $279 price point for now I guess)

That being said however, at least they wised up and threw in a memory card (I've been saying thats been needing to be done for a while now). It's not 512MB, but 256MB should suffice as the Wii only has 512MB, but a HDD is indeed needed for demo downloads, etc). But it is a good start.

It IS nice they opted to finally include a wireless controller into the core package though. Going wired works, but after being wireless it's hard to have to play wired.

..and even if the included games are only arcade games it's still 5 free games to play out of the box (assuming these aren't trial games). It isn't like Wii sports is a 30-40 hour long in depth game anyway.

...AND if they DID include HDMI as well as is speculated (the source wasn't 100% sure) that is also a plus. No cable but cables can be had for as cheap as $10 if you know where to look (I know a local Big Lots had HDMI cables for like $10-12, and I got mine for my PS3 off eBay for $9 shipped).

All in all if this is accurate then I'd say the Core finally isn't a 100% completely hobbled system.

(I do agree that ALL the systems need a HDD included though, and I have stated myself (although it may have been on a different forum) that MS needs to introduce a mid range/size HDD between the 20GB and 120GB. That way put the corresponding size into the corresponding package and viola..HDD for ALL!!)

My two cents,

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