New $200 Xbox 360 planned, Elite & Arcade getting $50 price cut

E3 2010: New version of console in the works to replace discontinued entry-level model; Elite also being phased out; slim hard drive detachable.

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LOS ANGELES--Microsoft's showstopping closer for its Electronic Entertainment Expo press conference this morning was the unveiling of the most dramatic Xbox 360 hardware revision since the console launched in November 2005. Equipped with built-in N-wireless connectivity, a 45nm CPU and GPU, the new slimline 250GB Xbox 360 will include a built-in port for the Kinect motion-sensing system and a $300 price tag.

The new Xbox 360 is edging out its elder siblings.

The price tag of the current Xbox 360 Elite model is $300, which includes a 120GB hard drive and a comparatively bulky exterior. That model, which includes no wireless functionality, is getting a $50 price cut effective immediately. The $200 Arcade model, which doesn't even include a hard drive, is being similarly discounted, and will now only cost $150.

The $300 Xbox 360 slim will be the sole model for a while.

Ryan Moore, product marketing manager for Xbox, told GameSpot that both models are also being discontinued. Once they leave the retail channel, the new slimline Xbox 360 will be the sole Xbox mode on the market--for a time. Moore said that Microsoft is currently working on a second new Xbox 360, which will be offered at the arcade's price point of $200. He declined to say what functionalities the cheaper model would or would not have.

One likely scenario is the cheaper model will essentially be a slim arcade with no Wi-Fi capabilities or a hard drive. Contrary to early reports, the new 250GB 360 has a fully detachable hard drive, much like its elder brothers. However, like the console itself, it is much smaller than its forebearer.

Moore also said that going forward, all future models of the Xbox 360 would not have names and would only be designated by their memory capacity. He decline to elaborate on whether that meant that all future 360s would have a hard drive of some sort.

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beebopbeeboo
beebopbeeboo

I bought a pro a two months ago with a hard drive and two controllers just to have it take a 20 dollar price cut right when it was to late to return it

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Xbox 360 1/2? I guess this is a worthwhile upgrade. Microsoft is trying to stay above water.

drew36chambers
drew36chambers

yanno it really pisses me off the way these companies (microsoft specifically) seemingly purposely put out crappier products then "Update" them over the years. its not fair to those people who paid the same price 5 years ago for a 20 gig hard drive with NO HDMI or built in wireless connectivity. It's really disrespectful to consumers and is a slimy way to run a company. I refuse to pay 100 dollars for a wireless router making my xbox a $400 product that I bought 2 months ago when there is a new one that has it built in for the same price. Its disgusting and dirty and shows the lack of caring that microsoft in particular, emits.

SlimTimm
SlimTimm

I felt screwed by microsoft a long time ago seeing as i still have a 20GB model but then again i dont feel screwed because my 20 GB Xbox still works! I love that new design and i want one bad but i really dont need it except for the hard drive...iM going to have to bribe my wife with a hell of alot of gifts just to TALK about getting one of these...geez... thanks Microsoft

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

This post smells of hate hate hate hate hate hate!! A world so full of haters it is amazing!!! I think it is kind of cool I just don't care for the Wifi. Wifi sucks for gaming is is a known fact. it consumes more processing and has a higher latency (in case you needed an explanation because you know nothing about networking.) Look the thing is designed to make up for a lot of mistakes. And I don't get what all the anger is about proprietary equipment. Sony did it for 15 years now. with all the proprietary stuff we needed for PS2 I mean Multitap, Harddrive, network adapter, ect... Get over it there are good reason to not like it being a fan boy and criticizing a console for doing the same thing your company did... $ony has years of monopoly get over it I sure as heck have. I own a blue ray player :)

cheesytaco69
cheesytaco69

@ epsilonone Look at what they added. They didn't just make it smaller like the PS3 Slim.

berto64
berto64

what now my 360 arcade is worth nonthing ms you ripoffs

epsilonone
epsilonone

PS3 slim price gos down Xbox slim price gos up WTF?

theKSMM
theKSMM

This is great for people who have been on the fence about getting an XBOX 360. Picking up a new one at the discounted price points (before they're gone) is a great way to get into the X360 game...or get a second console for another room in the house. If you were thinking of upgrading, getting the new, smaller system could be a good move. You could even sell your existing system to defray the costs. If you're content with your XBOX or don't have money for a new one, then just keep gaming like you have been for the past few years.

GBPackersrule
GBPackersrule

Just picked up my new Elite for $249. Price cuts FTW!

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

"The new one looks cool and I use WiFi for the xbox, its a shame I have already wasted enough money buying the older version of the Xbox 360" Buying multiple consoles due to failure sucks. I feel your pain there. But everything eventually gets a new improved version in this business. I hear the same thing every time a new ds comes out. (twice a year? :-P)

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

"Stop calling it a slimline, it's more like shortline. It's the same size, only shorter. That's not exactly slim is it. Look to Sony for a true "slim" console revision." Really?...This is what you deem worthy of posting an answer to, when it wasnt a question in the 1st place? STFU with the semantics. You know perfectly well what he meant. You aren't smarter than anyone else. It actually looks exactly the opposite from such inane comments. Look at the deluge of thumbs down to your post for confirmation.

worthyofnote
worthyofnote

Just in time as I was planning on getting a new console. My old 360 is about ready to go on to console heaven or as a hand-me-down.

Snicker-Man
Snicker-Man

this remind me of what sony does and that making there system smaller

SnakeEyesX80
SnakeEyesX80

@ yoyoman500 If you're not to hung up on having wi-fi, optical audio or 250gb, then I'd say get a 120gb jasper Elite for $249 and save $50.

SnakeEyesX80
SnakeEyesX80

". . .the new slimline 250GB Xbox 360. . ." Stop calling it a slimline, it's more like shortline. It's the same size, only shorter. That's not exactly slim is it. Look to Sony for a true "slim" console revision.

InnerSenses
InnerSenses

@MadCatSWE "Said I'd buy a new 360 the next time my current one breaks, glad it didn't before this announcement!" I think that sentence sums up the attitude of the gamer population today. Of course it doesn't apply to everyone, but it seems that a lot of gamers nowadays don't mind being ripped-off (COUGHstimuluspackageformodernwarfaretwoCOUGH). When my Xbox broke, and when I saw that the same thing was happening all over the world to other people, I refused to feed M$ any more of my money, and bought a (more reliable) PS3. I don't regret it. I won't be investing in (or should I just say "gambling on") a new M$ games console until I see that it has a good life span, a low failure rate, and until I see that that $300 is good value.

DeadlySpartanII
DeadlySpartanII

I already bought 2 xbox 360's already. 1st one died because of RRoD so I had to buy another one. The new one looks cool and I use WiFi for the xbox, its a shame I have already wasted enough money buying the older version of the Xbox 360. DAMMIT!

badlalo59
badlalo59

Well I can always buy an Arcade model for $150 and keep my 120g hard drive

yoyoman500
yoyoman500

im getting a new xbox this summer, should i get this or elite?

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

demonkingx5 I kid you not. Just look closely at the video when they remove the hard drive. I was going to get one but after seeing this and hearing the run around answers about the internal chip sets I'm going to pass.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

jpsaply you can't put in your own hard drive. The hard drive is in a "MS exclusive case" which means they will sell you a 500gig in their casing for lets say knowing MS $300.00.. Shame on you MS! Also the brick is back..lol

Buffalodude
Buffalodude

This is cool but I don't have the money to spend on a new Xbox.

jpsaply
jpsaply

So now they have a replaceable "internal" hard drive. I wonder if its a PC hard drive or another custom piece of crap that you can only get from MS when its time to replace for a bigger one later on. PS3 had it right. Put a pc hard drive in it so that the consumer can easily replace it for a bigger one without the ridiculous price.

King_Gamer19
King_Gamer19

I just wish they would have never stop making it white

edant79
edant79

300$ for the slim?....they can do better than that. Its not like it has a blue ray player or anything, wtf MS.

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

no matter how many xbox's there are it well never make us forget the dreadful RROD a slimmer version only make me dream of more hardware failure no forget HHD failure as well

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

COPMAN221 are u serious darn u M$ u make us buy over priced HDD the only thing it has is built in wifi but sony & nintendo had it t from the start. that not enough for a buy i'll pass

jimbojones1996
jimbojones1996

my xbox just broke and iv saved up heaps, what to do D:

jediknightoms
jediknightoms

@icantwaittogo Never knew about the NES 'slimmer' fad just goes to show that Nintendo really are the innovators in gaming that get copied at every corner. First with d-pad on the NES, thumbsticks and rumble with N64 and more recently motion. As far as my 2 cents goes with the Xbox Slim throw in a blu-ray player and you have my dollars till then I'll stick with the PS3.

tomcrole
tomcrole

big draw for me is the sound at the moment you can hear the thing from a mile away so if this one quter then il try and get

MadCatSWE
MadCatSWE

Said I'd buy a new 360 the next time my current one breaks, glad it didn't before this announcement! Now I'm kinda hoping it does break... 16 hour gaming-marathons here I come! :P

LoserMike
LoserMike

@risingsunbronco The slim version fixes the main culprit of RROD. The reason the OG 360 went RROD was because the DVD drive sat over the GPU, which basically meant the GPU had no ventilation. Microsoft overlooked this because they were putting out the 360 as fast as possible so they could get it out before the Wii and PS3. The Slim version places both the CPU and GPU on one chip die and it sits as far away from the DVD drive as possible. It's under the gigantic airvents that you see on the side of the slim. From what I heard, the slim has been in development for 2 years, so hopefully they tests it out before releasing it in public.

risingsunbronco
risingsunbronco

Until the Microsoft brass specifically address the ROD issue in terms with this new slim version, I won't even consider gettin' one!

DaeronR
DaeronR

Good to know, but I'm happy with mine (which I bought this December...)

P90E21
P90E21

But wait does it fix its own ROD? Will there be a return of the ROD? Find out at the end of this week!!!!!

eBentl
eBentl

Right after I buy my Elite... BLAST YOU MICROSOFT!!!

supdotcom
supdotcom

all they need now is a free live account that enables us to play online and i'm soooo buying it.

lewser5
lewser5

Does some of the features remind you of the old PS3?

max-Emadness
max-Emadness

kool. might as well buy this as my 360 is about to die

icantwaittogo
icantwaittogo

@godzillavskong The Genesis had two redesigns even (if you don't count the Nomad). And I'm not sure which came out first, but the NES had a redesign as well. It was a top loader, which looked kind of strange, considering the large cartridges. So @broly17, Sony certainly wasn't the first to make their console smaller.

futur3prime
futur3prime

@godzillavskong right on dude good excuse! =)

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

Want White or colors black sucks. 250gb drive too small, lame microsoft and there suck balls over priced Standard hard drives in over priced shells of suckage when you can put any fricking hard dive you want in the ps3.

ZeerusX
ZeerusX

If they put out a 360 with a small hard drive at $200 I would seriously consider buying the system finally. I have a PS3 to do all my heavy gaming and other multimedia like blu-ray, and I'd have the 360 for its more active community with certain games.

deawsomekurt
deawsomekurt

What so i want this but i cant put my old hard drive on it?

GBPackersrule
GBPackersrule

Lets get something straight people; Sony has ALWAYS slimmed down their Playstation products. The Playstation got the slimmed PSone in 2000. The PS2 got the slimmed... PS2 in 2004. Hell even the PSP got slimmed dow in 2007. Sony slims the PS3 in 2009. Sony just has a thing for slimming down their products. While this may be cost effective for MS, I wouldn't go as far as "ripping-off" Sony, but rather taking inspiration. Seems to be working for Sony. Lets just hope all goes well with Slim, and it doesn't crash and burn like the original 360's... unless your a fanboy.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

demonkingx5 get ready to pay again because the new slim model's hard drive is in another casing hence preventing you from installing your own.. Plus the power brick is back as well..lol

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

the main issue wit HHD is their too expensive. I got a 250 GB for 64$ at best buy y we pay more 4 a HHD with M$ name on it .

jasopan
jasopan

damn that's still big But I like the 'inbuilt wifi' bit :D, i mean what a premium

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

Mist17 so now I have to buy a usb drive? they should have some sort of transfer cable. Also isn't there certain items that cant be transfered to a memory unit/ usb?