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Microsoft Confirms 360 Arcade Console

Microsoft Corp. today released a new Xbox 360 console that delivers games and content to everyone in the family for an incredible value of $279.99 (U.S. estimated retail price)*. Available in stores beginning today, Xbox 360 Arcade console is the first Xbox 360 console to include five family-friendly games, a wireless controller, a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) connection to enable high-definition output if desired and 256 MB of memory useful for storing games and entertainment content. At $279.99, the Xbox 360 Arcade console will include five best-selling games: "PAC-MAN Championship Edition" (NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.), "Uno" (Carbonated Games), "Luxor 2" (MumboJumbo), "Boom Boom Rocket" (Electronic Arts Inc.) and "Feeding Frenzy" (Sprout Games).

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razer3702d ago

But still no dedicated HDD! If MS was going to revamp the core I wish they would of taken a bit of a "hit" and put an HDD on it. It's lame to fragment your user base and discourage developers from making the HDD standard. I know MS has given in a bit and are making some games require a hard drive.. But things would be so much easier if they would of just made every system have one like they did with the Xbox1.

I also think these DVD9 size issues would be less of a problem, it would be more like PC gaming where things can be loaded and streamed from the HDD.

The tradeoff to appeal to the cheaper/casual gamer is lame and a lot of 360 titles will suffer because of it.

Bonsai12143702d ago

well obviously if there was a HDD standard, companies would install data on it. but then, what would happen to the xbox trolls who say, "omg, you have to install the game onto the HDD for ps3. therefore it sucks"

having a HDD standard would not only benefit the consumer, but the developers and ps3 owners as well, because then there would be at least some minimalistic standard to go off of.

Close_Second3702d ago

...the 20GB HDD. Hell, you only end up with 13.2GB of the HDD available anyway which to me is ideal to make it a good family value console. The premium should come with a 60 or 80GB HDD with the Elite coming with its current capacity HDD.

I can't believe the cost of the el-cheapo 20GB HDD is not such that it could not have been included as part of this $279.99 deal.

AllanWakker3702d ago

280 dollars for the base console.
100 dollars for the tiny 20 gig harddrive you can only buy through Microsoft
50 dollars every year just to be given the privilege to play online games by Microsoft

430 bucks just for the first year but the online fees keep adding up

200-250 dollars in online fees over 4 to 5 years brings the price up to 580-630 buck

And Microsoft still can't get brand new 360s to stop failing with the RRoD.

Close_Second3702d ago (Edited 3702d ago )

Tell me, if the buyer of this console does not want the HDD and only wants Silver Xbox Live membership (which is free), how much do they pay in the first year?

An even better saving would be to not buy a console at all. Not only would they save on the purchase price and on-going costs of buying new games but they would not have to put up with fanboys like you either.

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WafflesID3702d ago

Aren't those games just demos?

And seriously...JUST THROW INTHE FREAKIN HARD DRIVE.

What are they thinking?! Oh yeah..$99 for a 20 gig...

$$$$$$$$$$

One of the worst decisions made in recent console history (first being nintendo giving sony the shaft when sony was creating the cd-rom drive for the SNES, which they later turned into the PS1...and we all know what happened after that).

Sucks that devs can't program a game that depends on the hard drive.

Eclipticus3702d ago

yeah they should of thrown in the 20 gig hd
but those 5 games are the full editions

wageslave3701d ago

What the fcuk are you talking about? The Arcade is the best price price for a next-gen gaming system.

Period.

aslucher3702d ago

almost bought one last week... haha, a little late on the anouncement! they have been at Fry's Electronics and others.... but seriously no HDD is such a turn off for me..... haha

Clinton5143702d ago

Vgchartz are you covering this?

haha.

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