Xbox 360 Gets Price Cut

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The price cut tag gets a warm welcome today as Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has finally confirmed what has circulated the retail world for several weeks: the Xbox 360 will soon be cheaper.

In line with previous predictions, the new prices are as follows:

  • Xbox 360 Arcade (No Hard Drive): $199, down from $279
  • Xbox 360 Pro (60GB HDD): $299, down from $350
  • Xbox 360 Elite (120GB HDD): $399, down from $449
The price cuts are effective Friday, September 5. Meanwhile, eyes are on Sony to see if it will respond in kind. The rival console maker has denied that it will lower prices on its PlayStation 3 system this year, but hardware manufacturers often slash prices in response to competitors' cuts.
From The Chatty
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    September 3, 2008 2:48 PM

    Would a 360 without a harddrive even be worth it? I know how crippled a Wii feels without one sometimes and I can just imagine with a 360.

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      September 3, 2008 2:49 PM

      Not if you are at all interested in Live Arcade games, which one should be. There are some gems on there.

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        September 3, 2008 2:59 PM

        Castle Crashers, Braid, Geometry Wars RE2... I am sorely tempted to blow $300 on the console just to play these. Braid on PC soon but...

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      September 3, 2008 2:52 PM

      With fall update adding the ability to make a cd image of your games on the harddrive, I wouldn't buy one without one now. In fact, I will probably sell my Premium to buy an Elite by then.

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        September 3, 2008 3:03 PM

        Agreed - I'm highly tempted to do this when Gears 2 comes out.

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        September 3, 2008 3:17 PM

        Why not just purchase a larger HDD and transfer your shit over?

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          September 3, 2008 3:18 PM

          standalone hdd is highway robbery

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          September 3, 2008 4:34 PM

          Standalone drives are so expensive that it'll probably end up costing me about the same. And that way I get a new box as my current system can't play Rainbow Six Vegas, for example.

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        September 3, 2008 3:41 PM

        Other than improved loading times, what's the advantage to installing to your HDD? You still need the disk to play.

        To the OP: no, a 360 without a hard drive would not be worth it. XBLA has so many good games that you would be missing out on.

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          September 3, 2008 4:33 PM

          Reduced noise, which is almost a bigger reason then loading times for me.

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          September 4, 2008 2:16 AM

          With the game I played on the 360, I never felt sensible loading time ... !!??
          The only REAL thing I'm pissed with is the noise .. damn !

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      September 3, 2008 2:57 PM

      No. I wouldn't touch it without a harddrive.

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      September 3, 2008 3:10 PM

      It makes a less expensive way to get an HDMI 360 and a newer model (aka, hopefully less RROD) if you have a first(ish) generation 360. That's really what's in the back of my mind -- I can take my hard drive and controllers and put them in an arcade.

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        September 3, 2008 3:19 PM

        It'll be another month or three before you'll start seeing the Jasper units. It'd be worth waiting if you're just replacing your current one.

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      September 3, 2008 3:19 PM

      not for most of us but i got my nephew one and it's fine for him since his parents don't want him going online with it for a few years anyway

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      September 3, 2008 3:19 PM

      The Arcade does have 256MB of storage built in. Not a lot, especially if you're buying a lot of Marketplace content, but enough to have a LIVE profile and a couple of games wo/ needing to buy a memory card too.

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        September 3, 2008 3:29 PM

        By "built in" you mean it comes with a memory card, right?

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      September 3, 2008 3:20 PM

      It could suck and seriously retard the Xbox Live experience, but can't you just buy a HD seperate yourself?

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        September 3, 2008 3:32 PM

        yeah but they are expensive as hell, I think 120gb is $180

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          September 3, 2008 3:34 PM

          $150 on amazon. Just checked while making a different post.

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            September 3, 2008 3:39 PM

            They must have just lowered the price. All the same, $150 for 120 GB is quite the ripoff.

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      September 3, 2008 5:58 PM

      The answer is no.

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      September 3, 2008 8:27 PM

      Yes, it is. You can do everything with the Arcade (Which includes a memory card) aside from downloading large games/demos/movies.

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