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August 17, 2005 4:52:29 PM

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Microsoft Announces Xbox 360 Price
By: César A. Berardini - "Cesar"
Aug. 17th, 2005 6:42 am

Ending weeks of speculation about which upcoming video game platform will
give gamers the most bang for their buck, today at the German Games
Convention, Microsoft Corp. revealed that consumers can get their hands on
Xbox 360 - the most powerful and feature-packed next-generation video game
and entertainment system - for as little as $299.99 U.S./?299.99/£209.99
starting this holiday season. For gamers who want to experience the ultimate
digital entertainment thrill ride, Microsoft also announced a model with
hundreds of dollars worth of accessories for $399.99 U.S./?399.99/£279.99,
giving consumers the definitive entertainment experience at an unbelievable
value right out of the box.


The Xbox 360 and Xbox 360 Core System - along with an impressive lineup of
high-definition game titles from the world's best publishers and
developers - will make their debut in North America, Europe and Japan in
time for this Christmas holiday, several months ahead of the competition.
Although details for the Japan launch will be addressed at the Tokyo Game
Show in September, the unprecedented three-region launch signifies an
industry first. The Xbox 360 platform will deliver the most powerful
console, the best games, the next generation of the Xbox Live service, and
amazing digital entertainment experiences never seen in console
entertainment.

"The sheer entertainment value of Xbox 360 cannot be overstated," said
Robbie Bach, chief Xbox officer for Microsoft. "While the system has the
muscle to power awe-inspiring graphics, audio and online play, it's also got
the intelligence to serve as a one-of-a-kind entertainment device that plays
CDs, DVDs, MP3s and digital content from an array of devices, including
portable music players and digital cameras."

With its built-in Ethernet port and free Silver level of service right out
of the box, Xbox 360 also connects players to Xbox Live, the premier global
online console games and entertainment network.


With Xbox Live, gamers can chat with friends online, build and share gamer
profiles, send and receive text and voice messages, and access Xbox Live
Marketplace for new content such as game demos, trailers and casual games
from Xbox Live Arcade. Subscribers to the Gold level of service will also
enjoy access to online multiplayer gaming in their favorite games, as well
as great promotional programs such as worldwide tournaments, the chance to
play online with their favorite celebrities, and opportunities to win big
prizes.

For gamers who want the ultimate experience (and the best value) right out
of the box, Microsoft will offer the $399.99 U.S./?399.99/£279.99 Xbox 360
console. This premium edition - distinguished by signature metallic
detailing on the console itself - comes fully loaded for the ultimate gaming
experience, with components and accessories that would cost more than $200
if sold separately:


a.. Xbox 360 console. Sexy styling that packs a punch - three powerful
core processors are poised to pump out 720p/1080i output, 16x9 cinematic
aspect ratio, anti-aliasing for smooth textures, full surround sound and DVD
playback right out of the box.
b.. Xbox 360 Hard Drive (20 GB). 20 GB and detachable, the hard drive
allows gamers to store their games, music, downloaded trailers, levels,
demos and community-created content from Xbox Live Marketplace.
c.. Xbox 360 Wireless Controller. Hassle-free high-performance precision
wireless gaming features the Xbox Guide Button for quick access to digital
movies, music and games libraries as well as a range and battery life of up
to 30 feet and 30 hours of life on two AA batteries.
d.. Xbox 360 Faceplate. The removable Faceplate comes in stylish "chill"
(white) and can be swapped out with custom Faceplates to reflect gamers'
personalities or decor.
e.. Xbox 360 Headset. This lets gamers strategize with teammates or
trash-talk opponents while playing games on Xbox Live.
f.. Xbox 360 Component HD-AV Cable. This connects gamers to the world of
Xbox 360 games and graphics through high-definition and standard-definition
connections.
g.. Xbox Live Silver membership. With this, gamers can chat with friends
online, send and receive voice and text messages, and access new content
from Xbox Live Marketplace demos such as trailers and casual games from Xbox
Live Arcade.
h.. A bonus Media Remote: Included for a limited time, the integrated
control center for the entire digital experience lets consumers play DVDs,
movies and music, as well as access their Windows® XP Media Center Edition
2005-based PC's controls with a single remote.


At $299.99 U.S./?299.99/£209.99, the Xbox 360 Core System comes standard
with what consumers need to jump right into next-generation games and media,
and is fully expandable to the complete Xbox 360 experience:


a.. Xbox 360 console. As with the premium edition, three powerful core
processors pump out 720p/1080i output, 16x9 cinematic aspect ratio,
anti-aliasing for smooth textures, full surround sound and DVD playback
right out of the box.
b.. Xbox 360 Controller. This wired controller features an extended
nine-foot cable and a comfortable, enhanced ergonomic design.
c.. Xbox 360 Faceplate. Like no other console before, the Xbox 360 console
allows customization and a removable Faceplate that comes in stylish "chill"
(white), which can be swapped out with other custom Faceplates to reflect
gamers' personalities or decor.
d.. Xbox 360 Standard AV Cable. This connects gamers to the world of Xbox
360, delivering great next-generation graphics and games using
standard-definition connections.


The Xbox 360 console also comes ready for customization. With an array of
Xbox 360 accessories, gamers can trick out their systems to suit their
individual tastes and personalize their experiences. In addition to an
ever-growing selection of eye-catching Faceplates ($19.99
U.S./?19.99/£14.99), Xbox 360 Controller (estimated retail price $39.99
U.S./?34.99/£24.99*) and Component HD AV Cable (estimated retail price
$39.99 U.S./?29.99/£19.99*), the lineup includes a wealth of accessories
that brings next-generation gaming entertainment to its optimum:

Xbox 360 Hard Drive (20 GB). 20 GB and detachable, the hard drive allows
gamers to store their games, music, downloaded trailers, levels, demos and
community-created content from Xbox Live Marketplace and more (estimated
retail price $99.99 U.S./?99.99/£69.99*).

Xbox 360 Memory Unit (64 MB). Easily portable, this lets gamers save games,
in-game achievements and unique gamer profiles for quick and easy access on
the go (estimated retail price $39.99 U.S./?34.99/£22.99*).

Xbox 360 Wireless Controller. The same hassle-free high-performance
precision wireless gaming that comes with the premium edition features the
Xbox Guide Button for quick access to digital movies, music and games
libraries as well as a range and battery life of up to 30 feet and 30 hours
of life on two AA batteries (estimated retail price $49.99
U.S./?44.99/£32.99*).

Xbox 360 Play & Charge Kit. This allows plug and play for high-performance,
precision wireless gaming with the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller. Gamers will
be given ample warning when the end of battery life is nearing so they can
connect the Play & Charge cable for uninterrupted play (estimated retail
price $19.99 U.S./?19.99/£14.99*).

Xbox 360 rechargeable battery pack. This provides up to 25 hours of gameplay
for wireless gaming fun (estimated retail price $11.99 U.S./?14.99/£9.99*).

Xbox 360 Wireless Networking Adapter. With this, gamers can chat with
friends and play games via Xbox Live, as well as stream videos and music to
Xbox 360 from a Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005-based PC, all without
the clutter of wires (estimated retail price $99.99 U.S./?79.99 /£59.99*).

Xbox 360 Headset. This heightens the Xbox Live experience by letting gamers
strategize with teammates or trash-talk opponents while playing games
(estimated retail price $19.99 U.S./?19.99/£14.99*).

Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote. Sold as an accessory, this integrated
control center for the entire digital experience lets consumers play DVDs,
movies and music, as well as control a TV and their Windows XP Media Center
Edition 2005-based PC controls with a single controller (estimated retail
price $29.99 U.S./?29.99/£19.99*).

Xbox 360 S-Video AV Cable (U.S. only) Xbox 360 SCART AV Cable (Europe only).
This versatile cable works for both high-definition and standard-definition
TVs that use S-Video or composite video inputs. It provides optimal audio
and video signal transfer (estimated retail price $29.99
U.S./?24.99/£17.99*).

Xbox 360 VGA HD AV Cable. Gamers can experience high-definition gaming on
flat-panel TV or VGA monitors. This cable provides optimal audio and video
signal transfer (estimated retail price $39.99 U.S./?29.99/£19.99*).

"With both the Xbox 360 and the Xbox 360 Core System, we're offering
consumers real choice and real value," said Peter Moore, corporate vice
president of worldwide marketing and publishing for the Home Entertainment
Division at Microsoft. "We're bringing true next-generation experiences into
gamers' living rooms this Christmas holiday."
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August 18, 2005 10:59:16 AM

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"Giggins" <giggins@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> $400 buck for an Xbox 2 with HD?! That's crazy!
>
The N64 cost £399 (approx $600) when first released in the UK.
Anonymous
August 19, 2005 3:59:30 PM

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> $400 buck for an Xbox 2 with HD?! That's crazy! Can buy a new computer
> for that price.

The whole point of buying a console is to be able to play games. $400 might
get you a stripped down Dell that can barely run solitaire.
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> "Giggins" <giggins@gmail.com> wrote in message
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>> $400 buck for an Xbox 2 with HD?! That's crazy!
>>
> The N64 cost £399 (approx $600) when first released in the UK.

Odd, it was only $250 in the 'states.
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>> "Giggins" <giggins@gmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:1124333106.836310.11510@g44g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
>>> $400 buck for an Xbox 2 with HD?! That's crazy!
>>>
>> The N64 cost £399 (approx $600) when first released in the UK.
>
> Odd, it was only $250 in the 'states.

$199, actually.
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>> "Giggins" <giggins@gmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:1124333106.836310.11510@g44g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
>>> $400 buck for an Xbox 2 with HD?! That's crazy!
>>>
>> The N64 cost £399 (approx $600) when first released in the UK.
>
> Odd, it was only $250 in the 'states.

Naa they did their math backwards. It would take about 260 US dollars to
get that 399 british pounds not the other way around.
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> >> "Giggins" <giggins@gmail.com> wrote in message
> >> news:1124333106.836310.11510@g44g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> >>> $400 buck for an Xbox 2 with HD?! That's crazy!
> >>>
> >> The N64 cost £399 (approx $600) when first released in the UK.
> >
> > Odd, it was only $250 in the 'states.
>
> Naa they did their math backwards. It would take about 260 US dollars to
> get that 399 british pounds not the other way around.

No, the math is right, 399 british pounds is approximately $600.

I thought that the official UK launch price was 250 pounds, though. Maybe
he's talking about the imported machines from the US and Japan which
appeared mainly before the official launch and of course were very
expensive.
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FYI

I was double check rates just is case the US dollar had a massive loss. The
exchange rate in 0.5540 to each US dollar. Check on 5 sites. US dollar
still strong so number can no way be high.

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>> >>> $400 buck for an Xbox 2 with HD?! That's crazy!
>> >>>
>> >> The N64 cost £399 (approx $600) when first released in the UK.
>> >
>> > Odd, it was only $250 in the 'states.
>>
>> Naa they did their math backwards. It would take about 260 US dollars to
>> get that 399 british pounds not the other way around.
>
> No, the math is right, 399 british pounds is approximately $600.
>
> I thought that the official UK launch price was 250 pounds, though. Maybe
> he's talking about the imported machines from the US and Japan which
> appeared mainly before the official launch and of course were very
> expensive.
>
>
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>>> "Giggins" <giggins@gmail.com> wrote in message
>>> news:1124333106.836310.11510@g44g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
>>>> $400 buck for an Xbox 2 with HD?! That's crazy!
>>>>
>>> The N64 cost £399 (approx $600) when first released in the UK.
>>
>> Odd, it was only $250 in the 'states.
>
> $199, actually.

$250 when it was first released. I got mine for Christmas :) 
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>>>> "Giggins" <giggins@gmail.com> wrote in message
>>>> news:1124333106.836310.11510@g44g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
>>>>> $400 buck for an Xbox 2 with HD?! That's crazy!
>>>>>
>>>> The N64 cost £399 (approx $600) when first released in the UK.
>>>
>>> Odd, it was only $250 in the 'states.
>>
>> $199, actually.
>
> $250 when it was first released. I got mine for Christmas :) 

Sorry, but no. The price was originally set at $250, but Nintendo lowered
it a few weeks before it launched. I bought mine on launch day in 1996, and
it was $199.99. If you paid more than that, you got screwed.
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