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August 17, 2005

Microsoft Announces Xbox 360 Pricing

Posted by David Hunter at 10:32 AM ET.

Press Release: Microsoft Announces Xbox 360 Price for Europe and North America.

The Xbox 360 Core System is $299.99 U.S./€299.99/£209.99 and there’s also a premium edition which seems to be just called Xbox 360 for $399.99 U.S./€399.99/£279.99. The Core System lacks a hard drive, wireless controller, and Xbox Live membership among other things. A variety of priced peripherals was also announced.

Update: Well, that’s what I get out of parsing the press release, but Todd Bishop has a somewhat different take based on other sources. His feature list has the Core System including an Xbox Live subscription but lacking backward compatibility with original Xbox games. The latter isn’t even mentioned in the press release that I can see. I’ll update this again when the details get sorted out.



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One Response to “Microsoft Announces Xbox 360 Pricing”

  1. Microsoft News Tracker » Blog Archive » Xbox 360 sales brochure leaks Says:

    [...] Follow the link to peruse the details. They also note that “issues” with previously released marketing information (see my original post) are somewhat clarified by the brochure: The brochures all confirm that a hard-drive is needed for backwards compatibility (this has been known all along, but it is the first official MS confirmation of the fact). Which means that only the higher priced Xbox 360 version will have backward compatibility with the original Xbox, not the cheaper Xbox 360 Core System. Also, the brochure defintiely indicates that both versions will include an Xbox Live Silver subscription as well as a 30 day trial of the Gold level. [...]

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