2 July 2008

Microsoft today announced it has lowered the recommended retail price of the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system in Australia to a starting price of $349.00 RRP, offering a great deal on a next-generation console.

Microsoft is enhancing the value of its entire family of Xbox 360 consoles. For those looking for the ultimate freedom to customise their console, the Xbox 360 Arcade is now priced at $349.00 RRP. The Xbox 360 Arcade provides everything needed to hit the ground running whilst giving consumers the ability to add new features and accessories as they want.

At the new recommended retail price of $499.00, the Xbox 360 Pro offers a rich online-ready gaming experience right out of the box with a 20GB hard drive, wireless controller, Xbox 360 headset, and more.

For those wanting a premium gaming experience, the Xbox 360 Elite at the new recommended retail price of $649.00, features a massive 120GB hard drive in a sleek black finish, Xbox 360 headset, HDMI cable and more.

Games

In addition to being great value, the Xbox 360 console is the only place this year consumers will be able to play all of the following much-anticipated blockbusters: “Gears of War 2” (Microsoft Game Studios), “Fable 2” (Microsoft Game Studios), “Viva Pinata 2” (Microsoft Game Studios), “Too Human” (Microsoft Game Studios) and “Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts” (Microsoft Game Studios).

Xbox 360 is also the home to a diverse range of games that cater for young and old, including: “Halo 3” (Microsoft Game Studios), “Grand Theft Auto IV” (Rockstar), “Lost Odyssey” (Microsoft Game Studios), “Blue DragonTM” (Microsoft Game Studios), “Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action.” (Microsoft Game Studios), “Project Gotham Racing 4” (Microsoft Game Studios), “Mass Effect” (Microsoft Game Studios), “Ace Combat 6” (Namco Bandai) and “Beautiful Katamari” (Namco Bandai).

Package contents and new prices

With three entertainment systems available, the Xbox 360 console lets consumers choose the types of entertainment they want to experience. The full contents of the three entertainment systems are:

  • Xbox 360 Arcade (RRP $349.00): Includes the Xbox 360 video game console and entertainment system, wireless controller, composite AV cable, 256Mb memory unit and Xbox LIVE 5 game compilation disc including Pac Man Championship Edition and UNO.
  • Xbox 360 (RRP $499.00): Includes the Xbox 360 video game console and entertainment system, 20GB hard drive, Xbox 360 headset, component High Definition AV cable and an Ethernet Connectivity Cable.
  • Xbox 360 Elite (RRP $649.00): Includes the black Xbox 360 Elite video game and entertainment system, 120GB hard drive, wireless controller, Xbox 360 headset, component HD AV cable, HDMI cable, an Ethernet Connectivity Cable and a complimentary 30-day trial Xbox LIVE Gold membership.

Source: Microsoft