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Xbox 360 price cut and new model announced

by Steven Williamson on 14 July 2008, 09:33

Tags: Xbox 360, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Xbox 360

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Ahead of this week's E3 video game industry trade show in Los Angeles, Microsoft has announced a new Xbox 360 SKU, in addition to a price cut of the current 20Gb Xbox 360 'Pro' model.

The news currently applies only to the US and Canada, where consumers are now able to pick up the 20Gb Xbox 360 for $299, a drop in price of $50. A new 60Gb model will launch in both regions in August, priced $349.

We presume the price cut and 60GB will also apply to Europe, but we'll just have to hang tight and wait for confirmation and dates, which may come at Microsoft's keynote speech later today (8pm GMT, 1pm ET).

It's rumoured that Microsoft will also use E3 to showcase a remote motion sensing controller, as well as a new look 3D-style dashboard for Xbox live users.

Meanwhile Sony is rumoured to be making a number of key announcements at E3, including a motion-sensing controller, full details of its upcoming movie download service and new details of its PS3 trophy system.

Nintendo’s keynote speech will apparently focus on a range of upcoming first party games. The Japanese manufacturer has already stated that there will be several new titles announced that will be aimed specifically at the hardcore gamer. It’s also believed that it will announce an online version of the successful life simulation videogame, Animal Crossing.

Stay tuned for coverage from E3.


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:rolleyes:

Why can't they adopt the PS3 style of HDD use, where the customer is able to purchase any 2.5“ SATA drive and then insert it in the console.

Just look at the current price for 40-120 Gb 2.5” HDD's and you can see that they can be picked up for practically peanuts now compared to what they were this time last year, but I expect they've done this so their losses on the consoles aren't as much.
360 accessories in general are immensely expensive and one of the main things that put me off. The wifi adapter, HDDs and wireless headset are just far too much for what you get.
Microsoft has said that this price cut hasn't been announced for the UK.
Steven W;1470780
Microsoft has said that this price cut hasn't been announced for the UK.

typical :rolleyes:
Steven W;1470780
Microsoft has said that this price cut hasn't been announced for the UK.
Interesting wording - they've sent an announcement to say that there isn't an announcement for the UK (yet). :crazy:

Lee @ SCAN;1470728
Why can't they adopt the PS3 style of HDD use, where the customer is able to purchase any 2.5" SATA drive and then insert it in the console.
Because MS prefer not to lose money on console sales I guess :p