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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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RE: Hard Drive
By afkrotch on 8/21/2007 10:01:38 PM , Rating: 2
For the 360 core unit, it lacks wireless controllers and the hdd. You can't simply throw in a hdd, cause it needs to have the whole goofy connection. Also, they set it up so that the hdd needs specific data at the beginning of the hdd to even be used by the Xbox 360.

Ppl out there have found ways to connect a standard hdd onto the 360, but only specific hdds and even then, you are limited at what the firmware supports.

You'll need to have a 360 hdd to get the data, need to be able to connection the hdd to a PC, to put that data on the hdd. From there, you were limited to the 20 gigs that the 360 supports (120 gig Elites weren't available yet). I don't know if ppl have gotten 120 gig hdds to work or not. I really don't care all that much. I don't feel like dumping anymore money into the 360.

Being on my 3rd 360, it just isn't worth the money to play a few games.

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