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Microsoft to launch bundle with Slim 360 and Natal, says Pachter

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 13 Apr 2010 20:57 User comments (7)

Microsoft to launch bundle with Slim 360 and Natal, says Pachter According to Wedbush Morgan gaming analyst Michael Pachter, Microsoft will likely launch a "slim" Xbox 360 later this year, one with a 250GB HDD, and one that will likely be bundled with a Project Natal motion controller.
The bundle will also sell for $299, a pretty significant discount considering the three pieces bundled.

Additionally, Pachter says Microsoft will do an across-the-board price slash on current Xbox 360 models by August, if Sony continues to show strong growth.

"At a minimum, we anticipate the introduction of a more feature-packed Xbox 360 as the standard SKU in late 2010 (likely with a 250GB hard drive) at the same $299 price point, and think that Microsoft will cut price before the fall only if it begins to lose significant market share to Sony,"
says Pachter, via GI.Biz.

"It is far more likely that we will see a slim version of the Xbox 360 with a 250 GB hard drive and with Project Natal bundled into the box while maintaining the $299 price point, especially if Sony does not lower the price of the PS3 by the time Natal and Sony’s Move controllers launch in the fall," Pachter continues.

In March, rumors began surfacing that a Slim Xbox 360 might be in the works, when Microsoft opened up a new job for "motherboard engineer" for their gaming division.

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7 user comments

113.4.2010 22:28

Can't say I didn't see this coming.

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214.4.2010 1:42

A good win for the consumer, free market at its best. Gotta love competition.

314.4.2010 3:43

Seriously doubt the claim about bundling Natal w/ it standard!

414.4.2010 6:30

360 250GB HDD + Natal = $299 = £193 (most likely rounded to £199)
Wireless adapter = £45
Xbox Live (annually) = £40

Totalling £284.

PS3 250GB fixed with Assassin's Creed 2 = £259.99

WTF Microsoft. Bundle your wireless adapters with the 360s. Rip-offs.
Many price cuts yet the PS3 is still cheaper.
Actually, the PS3 would probably cost more if they bundled with Move but still, Microsoft are cleverly ripping off the mums of the world.

514.4.2010 7:45

Originally posted by kikzm33z:
360 250GB HDD + Natal = $299 = £193 (most likely rounded to £199)
Wireless adapter = £45
Xbox Live (annually) = £40

Totalling £284.

PS3 250GB fixed with Assassin's Creed 2 = £259.99

WTF Microsoft. Bundle your wireless adapters with the 360s. Rip-offs.
Many price cuts yet the PS3 is still cheaper.
Actually, the PS3 would probably cost more if they bundled with Move but still, Microsoft are cleverly ripping off the mums of the world.
how is that a ripoff if theyre getting a 250gb 360?
no1 is forcing them to buy the bundle,they could probably buy the classic 360 which costs like the 190$+natal and the entire fiesta for 240$.

614.4.2010 11:58

Originally posted by Josipher:
Originally posted by kikzm33z:
360 250GB HDD + Natal = $299 = £193 (most likely rounded to £199)
Wireless adapter = £45
Xbox Live (annually) = £40

Totalling £284.

PS3 250GB fixed with Assassin's Creed 2 = £259.99

WTF Microsoft. Bundle your wireless adapters with the 360s. Rip-offs.
Many price cuts yet the PS3 is still cheaper.
Actually, the PS3 would probably cost more if they bundled with Move but still, Microsoft are cleverly ripping off the mums of the world.
how is that a ripoff if theyre getting a 250gb 360?
no1 is forcing them to buy the bundle,they could probably buy the classic 360 which costs like the 190$+natal and the entire fiesta for 240$.

Exactly.
The PS3 having 250GB HDD will obviously cost more, which comes with free online play and wireless built in.

I think that the Natal + 250GB 360 is a good bundle, it's the wireless adapter.
That's a rip-off and you know it. It should be built in.

715.4.2010 11:03

I think the Natal Xbox 360 bundle is pretty sweet, but w/o the wireless WiFi, man, i have to move stuff around again.

I thought slim Xbox 360 is a myth, i guess we're going to see one, finally!

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