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Amazon Details New $190 4GB Xbox 360 Slim

Microsoft announced the 250GB Xbox 360 Slim at E3 last month and now the company is adding a budget version of the skinny console to its line-up.

We've known of Redmond's plans for an Arcade version of the Slim for a while now, but details were scarce. Today a preorder posting on Amazon Germany reveals that Microsoft will soon be launching a €149 (about $190) 4GB Xbox 360 slim.

Set to arrive on August 20, the pricing and release date of the cheaper Xbox 360 Slim fits in with Microsoft confirmation that they would offer a $199 of the new Xbox this fall.

No word if that August 20 release applies to the U.S. too.

  • chesterman
    4gb... that's enough for even for a occasional player?
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  • jrharbort
    The bump to a 4GB NAND Flash is a nice change over the current 512MB arcade unit. My sister may be finally tempted to move from her Falcon arcade unit (has RRoDed twice yet came back to life both times).
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  • pojih
    If only its comes with wireless
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  • NapoleonDK
    Several months ago I borrowed my friends Xbox 360 and accidentally broke it. (It fell off the desk and landed on its AV jack) Anyway, I just bought him the $149 arcade and a used copy of Halo 3. When I finally got to play it, I was astonished at how much fun I had once we got 4 people playing split screen slayer on this $200 investment.

    I am a hardcore PC gamer, I don't want to think about how much money I've spent between Steam and hardware upgrades. But I went into this with an open mind and once I got over the fact that CONTROLLERS SUCK, I had a lot of fun. I will very possibly be buying a slim Xbox 360.

    PS: Consoles are holding back PC gaming, and Kinect is really lame.
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  • hellwig
    How does the Arcade work? Every game you play has to be on disc right? You couldn't possibly download a game, even on the new 4GBs version? Still, since consoles had no internal storage for so long, even just being able to store save games on the console is an improvement (assuming you have the option to move them if necessary).

    But only 4GB? 8GB of flash (SD cards and thumb drives) are reaching the $15-$20 price point at the retail level. You can't tell me Microsoft couldn't slap in 16GB or 32GB and still make the $200 price point. I think this is a minor concession, if any. The probably just don't want to upset the original Xbox 360 owners who paid a premium for the original 20GB HDD version.
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  • fyasko
    hellwig 07/15/2010 1:01 AM
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    How does the Arcade work? Every game you play has to be on disc right? You couldn't possibly download a game, even on the new 4GBs version? Still, since consoles had no internal storage for so long, even just being able to store save games on the console is an improvement (assuming you have the option to move them if necessary).

    But only 4GB? 8GB of flash (SD cards and thumb drives) are reaching the $15-$20 price point at the retail level. You can't tell me Microsoft couldn't slap in 16GB or 32GB and still make the $200 price point. I think this is a minor concession, if any. The probably just don't want to upset the original Xbox 360 owners who paid a premium for the original 20GB HDD version.
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    i believe one can use up to 16GB thumb drive which are 10$~. great deal especially with the lower manufacturing process, smaller power supply and less heat. my entertainment center won't feel like a fireplace now.
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  • False_Dmitry_II
    No, it's just meant to allow games to be played. The original arcades had no kind of storage space at all and you had to buy the memory cards to save. Any other kind of use or if you just wanted more you had to buy a hard drive.

    Now, you can just get a random USB drive (ones that don't suck at least) or a hard drive. Or with 4 gigs that would already be plenty for some. The original memory cards weren't even a MB.
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  • NuclearShadow
    I've never understood the logic of the arcade versions. The new 4GB version may be the exception to this and likely is but I would assume with the current models that even a casual gamer would likely run out of memory. This would then force said gamer into buying heavily overpriced accessories to remedy the problem like the external hard-drives for the 360. Which may have very well made the pro version the cheaper and more logical purchase.
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  • lauxenburg
    soldier37Cant believe they are still milking this outdated garbage. PC gaming or nothing!
    To be honest, if you have an Xbox I don't mind. Most of the enjoyment I get out of having a custom PC that is pretty damn good is simply the fact that my computer rips the crap out of just about any other PC on the market.

    Where I play video games makes no difference. And in a way, you are really saving a lot of money on console. Think about it, the graphics aren't that different. Although PCs have a lot more potential that is being held back.
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  • welshmousepk
    wondering if this would be a good choice for a PC gamer who still wants to play the console games that never get ported.

    i was thinking about getting the new slim, but decided against it due to the cost. This seems like a great idea, but would 4gb be ebough for game updates and the like so you could still use xbox live for online gaming (the new halo and GoW games interest me).

    it would suck to buy this, only to discover i need to buy the HDD addon. but if 4gb would still allow me to play online and download the occasional Live game i would be set. assuming you can use external drives to backup games aswell as save files.

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