With the announcement of Xbox 360 Elite, Microsoft is placing a growing emphasis on media downloads. But are loyal Xbox 360 owners getting a raw deal?
According to a New York Times report, a survey conducted by Microsoft found that Xbox 360 users spend almost 40% of time with their consoles engaged in activities other than gaming.
The announcement of the Elite version of the 360, which comes equipped with a 120-gigabyte hard drive, and the formation of new partnerships with movie studio Paramount Pictures and A&E Network to name but a few, is increasing evidence of the company's desire to position the 360 at the centre of home entertainment.
Current Xbox 360 owners, who can purchase a separate 120-gigabyte hard drive at a cost of $179, appear to be getting a raw deal. Not only are these early adopters stuck with an older model of the console that offers less in the way of high-definition support, but factor in the cost of a current premium Xbox 360 ($399) and the price of the larger hard drive and the figure is close to $600 dollars, far exceeding the Elite's retail price, due to be $479.of any size.