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HDMI even on the HDD-less Xbox 360  (Source: Engadget)
Even the baby of the Xbox 360 family now sports HDMI

A new Xbox 360 SKU is starting to appear on store shelves – but Microsoft hasn’t officially told anyone about it yet. Gamers knowing the differences between each of the various Xbox 360 models have snapped pictures from retail showing a new Xbox 360 Arcade package selling at $279.99.

At $279.99, the Xbox 360 Arcade hits at the exact same price as the Xbox 360 Core system – and will likely become the new entry-level SKU for Microsoft’s console. The new Xbox 360 Arcade package will improve upon the Core in several ways. While there will not be a standard hard disk drive, the Arcade system will ship with a 256MB memory unit – an accessory that previous Core buyers had to purchase separately. Another upgrade that the Arcade unit enjoys over the Core is the move to a wireless controller complete with a set of free Energizer AA batteries. Previously, only the Xbox 360 Premium and Xbox 360 Elite came with wireless controllers.

Pictures of an unboxing process hosted at Engadget reveal that the Xbox 360 Arcade system features an HDMI port, even though only a standard-definition composite cable is bundled. This means that the Xbox 360 Arcade ships with either a Zephyr motherboard – the first Xbox 360 revision to include HDMI – or a Falcon motherboard, which added further improvements while shifting the CPU from a 90nm process to 65nm.

The Xbox 360 Arcade system gets its name from the Xbox Live Arcade compilation disc included with the system. Games a part of the pack-in are: Boom Boom Rocket, Feeding Frenzy, Luxor 2, Pac-Man Championship Edition and Uno.

Curiously, Microsoft announced just a week ago new holiday bundles for the Xbox 360 Premium and Xbox 360 Elite, which added Forza Motorsport 2 and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance games for free, but did not mention a new entry-level model called the Xbox 360 Arcade. The new Xbox 360 Arcade was already listed at retailers and Toys “R” Us, making Microsoft’s silence on the new product rather puzzling. Information on Microsoft’s holiday line-up first came at the Leipzig Games Convention during August.

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By mdogs444 on 10/15/2007 7:12:21 AM , Rating: 3
Although most people would still want a hard drive instead of memory card, this unit still packs quite a punch over the old Core system and at a cheaper price.

The memory card, wireless controller, and HDMI output make this a nice system for the casual gamer who only plays once in a while or only wants a few games - like me. I only play Madden, and a few others. So this is perfect.

Still not cheaper than the Wii, but very close in price. All you'd need is a $7 HDMI cable from monoprice and you'd have a niec HD gaming setup.

RE: Nice
By Blight AC on 10/15/2007 8:18:43 AM , Rating: 2
This should be a more affordable way to upgrade to HDMI for current Xbox 360 owners as well. Then I can take the HDD off of my current Xbox and switch it to this one and get an Xbox 360 with HDMI, and use the other Xbox 360 for the kid.

Also Editors note:
"Pictures of an unboxing process hosted at Engadget reveal that the Xbox 360 Arcade system features an HDMI port, even though the only a standard-definition composite cable is bundled."

should read, "even though only a"

RE: Nice
By afkrotch on 10/15/2007 8:54:59 PM , Rating: 2
This would be a nice affordable way to replace an RROD box that you voided the warranty on.

What would be better is if they created just an Xbox 360 Unbundle SKU. You get an Xbox 360 minus faceplate, controllers, memory cards, hard drive, video cables, or power cables for like $100 or less.

I currently have 3 power cables, 3 video cables, 2 wired controllers, 2 wireless controllers, 6 faceplates, 1 working Xbox 360, and 2 non-working Xbox 360s. I really need to stop voiding the warranties just to customize my 360.

RE: Nice
By OrSin on 10/15/2007 8:23:57 AM , Rating: 2
This will be great Media Cetner extender. Most extender are costing $300+. So getting a gaming console for free is a pretty good deal.

RE: Nice
By UNCjigga on 10/15/2007 11:22:27 AM , Rating: 2
Don't you need a hard drive for Media Center Extender functionality--or does it stream using internal memory/memory card as a buffer?

RE: Nice
By Bluestealth on 10/15/2007 5:21:16 PM , Rating: 2
It would make far more sense to buffer in memory than to buffer to a disk. While it may cache certain things to disk, it isn't really necessary.

RE: Nice
By Locutus465 on 10/15/2007 9:11:37 AM , Rating: 2
It might be worth recommending getting the official x-box HDMI cable set rather than an HDMI cable from mono price (unless your reciever supports HDMI). It's not that there's anything wrong with an mono price HDMI cable, it's more that the X-BOX does not have SPDIF built on to the x-box case it's self. If you want optical audio out for 5.1 rather than just sterio, you'll need the dongle that comes with the x-box HDMI cable pack.

You may be able find just the dongle on ebay, but last time I checked people were trying to sell them for $5 or $10 (if you're lucky) less than the retail price for the whole HDMI cable pack (some times they were trying to sell it at the same price).

RE: Nice
By MGSsancho on 10/15/2007 6:25:37 PM , Rating: 2
excellent comment. although, if your receiver can take hdmi video and pass it through, then it has at least 3 optical inputs. although i see your point of 1 cable.

RE: Nice
By goachmang on 11/4/2007 1:25:31 AM , Rating: 2
Hi this might be a dumb question but do all of the Halo consoles come with the falcon chip and does it have hdmi capability? I'm trying to decide between a bundle for the Halo or the Elite and the Elite is about $50 more and so far the only difference i see is the 120GB vs the 20 GB. Any help would be much appreciated.

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