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Another Sign of Xbox 360 Pro SKU Extinction

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 18 comments

The Pro will leave to make room for cheaper Elite.

We heard rumors that Microsoft would be deleting the Xbox 360 Pro machine from its roster for this holiday season, but now there's some strong evidence that it's true.

Xbox 360 packaging has a product matrix that aims to help the consumer decide which console he or she should buy. The previous packing had the Xbox 360 Arcade, Pro and Elite consoles, but the latest packaging for the Arcade SKU lists only itself and the Elite – further pointing to the Elite replacing the Pro SKU.

Previous rumors suggested that the Elite would get a $100 price cut, replacing the Pro at the $299 mark.

See the photographic proof at Kotaku.

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    Roffey123 , August 5, 2009 3:47 PM
    / wonders why Microsoft didn't do this in the first place
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    jay236 , August 5, 2009 3:49 PM
    Yeah because paying an extra $100 for a 120GB HD upgrade and black paint job was totally not worth it.
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    captaincharisma , August 5, 2009 3:53 PM
    ahh got my hopes up thought it said xbox 360 extinction for a second LOL
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    megamanx00 , August 5, 2009 3:53 PM
    Sounds good. I've been thinking about buying a 360 (can't hog a friends too often after all ^_^), but it may have to wait till after I get a DX11 card :D .
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    hellwig , August 5, 2009 4:03 PM
    Roffey123/ wonders why Microsoft didn't do this in the first place

    Microsoft doesn't know how to create a product without 50-different options. They're like a car manufacturer. Sometimes choice is nice, but really you only need two choices, one console with a HDD, and one without.

    Companies vary products by harddisk space simply because they can make more money off the bigger drives. People on a tight budget buy the cheapest model, people with free cash buy the biggest model, the middle model serves no purpose other than to create more desire for the bigger, more expensive model.
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    hopiamani , August 5, 2009 4:28 PM
    Sounds like I'll be buying a 360 soon.

    PC+PS3+360 = a world of gaming enjoyment
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    konenavi , August 5, 2009 6:20 PM
    hellwigMicrosoft doesn't know how to create a product without 50-different options. They're like a car manufacturer. Sometimes choice is nice, but really you only need two choices, one console with a HDD, and one without.Companies vary products by harddisk space simply because they can make more money off the bigger drives. People on a tight budget buy the cheapest model, people with free cash buy the biggest model, the middle model serves no purpose other than to create more desire for the bigger, more expensive model.

    Really? Because I have an 80GB PS3 and a damn near launch 360 both still work, amazingly. However I hate the PS3, its slow, 90 percent of the games I have run at 720P only and PSN sucks no matter how much more Live costs. I gotta admit though GT5 and Metal Gear Solid 5 are/will be very very good games.

    Oh PC Gaming FTW
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    mavroxur , August 5, 2009 7:11 PM
    Now the Elite's a $299 modern console that STILL doesn't integrate WiFi connectivity like ALL of it's competetors. Sigh.

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    Hanin33 , August 5, 2009 8:39 PM
    get off the integrated wireless bandwagon... some of us prefer to use better wireless adapters than either company's offerings... and some rather be on the wire anyway!
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    mr_tuel , August 5, 2009 9:51 PM
    I prefer having my 360 wired. Too much wireless interference causing performance issues. Now if only the 360 supported gigabit ethernet...
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    konenavi , August 5, 2009 9:58 PM
    konenaviReally? Because I have an 80GB PS3 and a damn near launch 360 both still work, amazingly. However I hate the PS3, its slow, 90 percent of the games I have run at 720P only and PSN sucks no matter how much more Live costs. I gotta admit though GT5 and Metal Gear Solid 5 are/will be very very good games.Oh PC Gaming FTW

    Sorry quoted the wrong message.
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    apmyhr , August 5, 2009 11:31 PM
    I got my XBOX Elite for 300 with 2 free games from some crazy deal that Dell had last July.
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    alextheblue , August 6, 2009 2:53 AM
    mr_tuelI prefer having my 360 wired. Too much wireless interference causing performance issues.
    Agreed. A hiccup on an internet box, no big deal. A hiccup on a gaming PC/console during a match = you die. Not the end of the world, but annoying, and its not hard to run cable for the "important" machines. :D 
    mr_tuelNow if only the 360 supported gigabit ethernet...
    I'm not sure what purpose that would serve. 360 isn't designed to act as mass storage for other machines. Streaming media to the 360 doesn't require gigabit. Even MPEG-2/4, and H.264 1080p movies wouldn't exceed 100 mbits, even with overhead.
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    Core2uu , August 6, 2009 5:44 AM
    How about they delete the Arcade instead and then lower the Pro and Elite by $100 each.
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    anonymousdude , August 6, 2009 6:27 AM
    konenaviReally? Because I have an 80GB PS3 and a damn near launch 360 both still work, amazingly. However I hate the PS3, its slow, 90 percent of the games I have run at 720P only and PSN sucks no matter how much more Live costs. I gotta admit though GT5 and Metal Gear Solid 5 are/will be very very good games.Oh PC Gaming FTW



    Exactly how is the PS# slow to you? PS3 games run at 720p big deal they look the same as a 360 because the 360 is upscaled. Live is better, but I'd rather use the money to buy a new game.
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    coolkev99 , August 6, 2009 12:43 PM
    How about a new "elite" with a massive Hard Drive eh? Or better, just allow people to upgade Hard Drives with standard parts like the PS3. none of this overpriced proprietary crap.
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    coolkev99 , August 6, 2009 12:45 PM
    Guess this means I'll have to upgrade the crap out of an Arcade unit if I want white?
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