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Microsoft has confirmed that the price of the Xbox 360 Elite will be cut by £30 to £199.99 and by $100 to $299 from Friday, August 28.
Additionally, the cost of the Xbox 360 Arcade will rise by £30 to £159.99 and the 60GB Pro model will phased out. In the US, the price of the Arcade will remain unchanged at $199, while the Pro will be cut by $50 to $250 while stocks last.
However, the now cheaper Xbox 360 Elite will no longer be bundled with an HDMI cable. “In order to offer the Xbox Elite to consumers at a reduced price, we eliminated the inclusion of an HDMI cable. That said, we are confident that providing even better value for our premium console will allow people the flexibility to purchase the HDMI cable of their choice so they can enjoy the full benefits of our high-definition and 1080p experiences over Xbox Live,” Microsoft told CVG. Meanwhile, the Arcade will no longer ship bundled with a selection of XBLA titles.
“With the Christmas season right around the corner, it’s another opportunity to put the consumer centre stage with entertainment and games that everyone will enjoy,” said Neil Thompson, senior regional director of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division in the UK and Ireland. “We have a goal over the next 18 months to deliver value with amazing content and rich interactive experiences in the living room.”