- Ever since launch, the Xbox 360 core model without hard drive has largely been written off by gamers -- and rightfully so. It lacks many of the attractive advantages of its older brothers, not to mention value for what's included in the box. (Most core models can't even save games without separate purchase!)
But all that's about to change with the upcoming $80 price cut of the latest Arcade bundle (September 7, according to retailers), which includes a matte white system, wireless controller, and a 256 MB memory card for saving games and playing online.
The first thing we noticed when revisiting our review of the Xbox 360 Arcade this month was that the system runs much quieter than original Xbox 360 Pro and Elite models, even when reading game discs. This is a superb improvement, as your speakers will no longer need to compete with the likes of a small lawn mower.
But that's hardly the biggest selling point -- the real appeal of the Xbox 360 Arcade is that it grants players the same level of access to Xbox 360 games as either Pro or Elite models. Despite what you may have read on the internet, the Xbox 360 Arcade plays all Xbox 360 games with the same level of performance as other models with hard drives, even when playing others over Xbox Live. So when a game disc is running, it's exactly the...