Friday, February 10, 2006
Xbox360 core system redundant?
We all knew that the Xbox360 core system was more of a marketing trick than a real console, allowing Microsoft to advertise the price as ´starting at $299´. Now, games will apparently show with a tag of ´hard disk required´.
Planet Xbox360 reports that Sega´s ´Football Manager 2006´ will require a hard drive.
Microsoft has been unclear on this issue, seemingly maintaining that the hard drive would not be necessary for any games. Execs have never explicitly stated that all games would be playable on the core system, instead trying to reassure gamers that third parties and their own studios would be allowed to make full use of the optional hard drive. And already in August, rumours spread that some games may even require one.
However, the Xbox360 website clearly lists ´Play Xbox 360™ Games´ as a feature for both versions. So there seems to have been a change in policy regarding this issue. And that suggests other games will follow suit. If that is true, this really makes the core system redundant.
As for the installed base, it splits the market into two or, rather, forces core owners to buy a separate hard drive for $99 - having them pay almost $400 for the console after all. Yet they would still be without the Xbox Live headset ($19,99) and have no wireless controller ($49,99), component HD AV cable ($39,99) or ethernet cable that would all have been included in the premium package. This will not do Microsoft any favours.
Source: Planet Xbox360, The Inquirer, The Inquirer, Xbox360 website
Thanks to: SPOnG, Joystiq