That's the $479 question of course. Maybe Microsoft's plan is to ease the pain with some oh-so-fairly priced peripherals.Stark wrote:What's the point of dominating the market if they don't make money out of it? Has the 360 made up for the loss on the Xbox yet?Darth Mordius wrote:See, there's a lot of money to be made in video game consoles. Microsoft needed market share: they bought it. 4 billion dollars? Microsoft can throw that kind of money around. It's an investment: they went from nobodies to the top player in 2 generations.
The best judgment is always when the contest is clearly won and right now nothing is so I'll be trying to find information regarding this in the near future. If the 360's attach rate remains very high though then licensing fees should do something to bridge the deficit spending on the hardware department. It just depends how large a hole this new system is in and how much revenue 3rd party's are bringing in and then we can work to subtract from the XB1 numbers.
THAT'S WHERE THE NEW X360 COMES IN and as an article I can't now find put it:
Honestly... I just sigh -- -- but I certainly don't speak for Stark.perhaps the best question about the rumor mill concerning the newest X360 is: "how pissed off will early adopters be?"
The Xbox 360 Elite is official, HDMI and 120GB for $479
Posted Mar 28th 2007 12:01AM by Christopher Grant
Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360
We can't honestly say we didn't see this one coming after spotting it in magazines and internet leaks for months. Introducing -- officially this time, mind you -- the Xbox 360 Elite! The Elite, as we already know, features an HDMI port, a 120GB hard drive, and comes in a new black color and will be in stores on April 29th for $479.99 (€479.99/£349.99). What we didn't know: the Elite is not a limited-edition product; this will be a permanent, third SKU. The Elite will come with an HDMI cable -- which it proudly declares on its packaging -- in addition to a cable used to transfer data from your existing hard drive over to the new one. It will use the "same components" as the existing Xbox 360 consoles, no cooler running 65nm processors here.
The 120GB hard drive will be available at retail for $179.99. Black wireless controllers, black battery packs, and black Play & Charge kits will also be available at retail for the same price as their white counterparts.
Gallery: Xbox 360 Elite
We had a chance to speak with Microsoft's Albert Pinello, who was able to answer many of our outstanding questions about the Elite. First, current Xbox 360 owners eager to connect their 360 using HDMI will be dismayed to learn that the HDMI connection "can not be adapted back to the existing consoles." The Elite also does not include an integrated WiFi solution. When asked why, Pinello offered the Xbox company line of "choice." Citing the bandwidth limitations of 802.11a, b, and g, Pinello suggested that consumers interested in the Elite would have undoubtedly prefer their own solution, a claim we would have to refute.
Why a whole new SKU? Microsoft had no interest in replacing the Pro's 20GB drive with a 120GB drive. Pinello agreed, "For a new customer who's coming in who wants that 120, if we didn't have Elite in the market, he would have been forced to make a choice that I think would have been less than optimal." Microsoft is positioning the Elite as a niche product designed for a small subset of gamers interested in the increased storage demands of the Xbox Live Video Marketplace (and possibly the IPTV service) and the HDMI output. It's also a bullet-point battle, adding twice the hard drive capacity and matching the HDMI-functionality of the 60GB PlayStation 3 model.
Also, I have a theory on this new X360, cause I find myself contemplating this as with at least one other guy in the chat atm: there will be a minimum fixed demand (as with ANY console launch) that will upgrade to this new X360 and sell their old one. Amazon's gonna be flooded with 2 types of white X360's. From the POV of MS, this is more money to them (though I don't know what kind of loss this new system is selling at) but even the influx of very cheap, used X360's probably bodes well for MS too. It'll trickle down to people that wanted X360's all along but simply don't have that kind of luxary spending or 'couldn't justify it.' It should only ADD to the installed base.
Theory I said. I know I'm doing it... have I sold my soul?