- Microsoft has announced another round of price drops for the Xbox 360, and it's easy to see their plan, one where they hope to sell you accessories that are available in their high-end model later.
The question is, should someone base their decision on buying the Xbox 360 solely on the cheap price of the Arcade version, or should they look deeper into what's offered for both of the bottom range of systems?
To begin, we have to get to the heart of the issue, the cost of the systems and what they come with. So, here we go:
Playstation 3: Price: $399
-80GB Hard Drive
-Blu-Ray disc player
-1080p upscaling for DVD playback
-Free membership on Playstation Network
Xbox 360: Price: $199.99
-disc with five games: Pac-Man Championship Edition, Boom Boom Rocket, Luxor 2, Feeding Frenzy and UNO
As you can see, while the Xbox 360 arcade offers a $200 cheaper price, the hardware offering falls significantly short. So, let's bring the Xbox 360 up to par on hardware, and see what kind of total cost we end up with:
Two hard drives are available, 20GBb ($99.99) and 120 GB ($149.99), so we'll have to do two different versions for fairness.