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  • It is a bare bones unit that is used for gaming only, which is how I prefer it
  • Once you start to factor in headsets (that have terrible audio) and tiny text-messaging keyboards and nearly useless webcams that come with other bundles, the gaming experience is, to me, dulled
  • Unfortunately, the hard drives themselves are very pricey at around $100 or more new, though you can secure a used one online or at Gamestop for less than $50, which still makes this the cheapest, most efficient, less overwhelming alternative
  • I heavily recommend this to new or casual gamers, and also to those gamers who are more interested in single-player games and less in the expensive and dull community

    • by David M E
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      Now the least expensive next-gen game console on the market, the Xbox 360 Arcade is worth every cent. At a very reasonable $199, the 360 Arcade includes the same core game system that comes with more expensive bundles, one wireless controller, a 256 MB memory card that has sufficient memory for game-progress saves only, a XBOX 360 Live Arcade disc that includes 5 popular arcade games (does not require connection to LIVE) and all hardware essential to hooking the unit to most televisions.

      The system takes no more than a few minutes to unpack, hook up and


      get playing.

      This bundle does not include HDMI cables for enhanced digital pictures for digital televisions, or other (mostly useless) peripherals included with the more expensive bundles.

      It is a bare bones unit that is used for gaming only, which is how I prefer it.

      Once you start to factor in headsets (that have terrible audio) and tiny text-messaging keyboards and nearly useless webcams that come with other bundles, the gaming experience is, to me, dulled.

      Other bundles seem to be very focused on online play and the XBOX community and not so much on ...


      • the core gaming experience itself.

        This is where the Arcade excels: it is focused on the games and the players with no BS attached.

        Just hook up and play.

        Though it lacks those distracting and overwhelmingly useless peripherals, the biggest drawback to the XBOX 360 Arcade is its lack of a hard drive.

        The XBOX 360 Arcade does NOT include a hard drive capable of storing downloadable content like movies, game demos or other items available on the XBOX Live Marketplace.

        Unfortunately, the hard drives themselves are very pricey at around $100 or more

        new, though you can secure a used one online or at Gamestop for less than $50, which still makes this the cheapest, most efficient, less overwhelming alternative.

        The XBOX 360 comes with the widest range of games currently available, surpassing the Wii and Playstation 3 easily in quantity, quality and variety.

        Though the Arcade is the least expensive console, it does lack a hard drive which is ALMOST essential to the 360 console experience.

        I heavily recommend this to new or casual gamers, and also to those gamers who are more interested in single-player games and less in the expensive and dull community.




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