For the US at least. And with that announcement, there is also a price trim on the current Elite and Arcade. One can assume this will filter down to good ol’ SA.
The ‘Slim‘ will land with a price tag of $300, while both the ‘Arcade’ and ‘Elite’ will get a $50 price cut. In the US this means the Arcade will cost $150. Great price, but that’s not all.
Speaking to Gamespot, Ryan Moore revealed that the ‘Elite’ and ‘Arcade’ would be replaced with a new $200 model.
Ryan Moore, product marketing manager for Xbox, told GameSpot that both models are also being discontinued. Once they leave the retail channel, the new slimline Xbox 360 will be the sole Xbox mode on the market–for a time. Moore said that Microsoft is currently working on a second new Xbox 360, which will be offered at the arcade’s price point of $200. He declined to say what functionalities the cheaper model would or would not have.
One likely scenario is the cheaper model will essentially be a slim arcade with no Wi-Fi capabilities or a hard drive. Contrary to early reports, the new 250GB 360 has a fully detachable hard drive, much like its elder brothers. However, like the console itself, it is much smaller than its forebearer.
Moore also said that going forward, all future models of the Xbox 360 would not have names and would only be designated by their memory capacity. He decline to elaborate on whether that meant that all future 360s would have a hard drive of some sort.