$199 slim Xbox 360 confirmed for 'fall'
Kotaku, after seeing an internal marketing Q&A with Microsoft can confirm that the new, second slim Xbox 360, priced at $199 USD, will be available this 'fall.'
Additionally, Microsoft confirms Kinect as a standalone product and also as part of a bundle "with the newly designed Xbox 360 console."
Microsoft would not confirm pricing on the bundle, saying: "We have no additional details about pricing or retail strategy to share at this time."
GameStop, the largest video game retailer in the U.S. has posted the Kinect bundles at $299 (for the Arcade model) and $399 (for the Elite bundle) but those prices are still subject to change.
It is still unclear what will be stripped down in the $199 version, as the $299 model announced at E3 will have a 250GB HDD and built in wireless capabilities, including 802.11n support, the "fastest Wi-Fi in any console."
An internal marketing Q&A has apparently outed Microsoft's plans to release the previously confirmed cheaper $199 slim Xbox 360 this autumn.
The current slim model comes with internal Wi-Fi, a 250GB hard drive and retails for $299 (£199). MS has already said it plans to release a cheaper model for $199, but didn't disclose the "fall" release that this document mentions, and neither detail which features will be cut back for the cheaper SKU.
Speculation points at it having no built-in Wi-Fi and a smaller hard drive if any at all. We'd be shocked if MS chooses not to include any hard drive in it.
According to reports, the Q&A also confirms plans for Xbox 360 slim and Kinect bundles for later this year, although on those it reads "we have no additional details about pricing or retail strategy to share at this time."
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