Info appears many places, but gleaned directly from here:www.gamespot.com/news/2005/08/17/news_6131245.htmlXbox
360 Core System - $299 (299 Euros, 209 GBP) •Xbox 360 console•Wired controller•Detachable faceplate•Xbox Live Silver membership•Standard AV cablesXbox 360 - $399 (399 Euros, 279 GBP)•Xbox 360 console•20GB detachable hard drive•Wireless controller•Wireless Xbox Live headset•High-definition AV cables•Ethernet cable•Xbox 360 Media Remote Control (limited time)•Detachable faceplate•Xbox Live Silver membershipPeter Moore, Xbox corporate vice president of worldwide marketing and publishing, who spoke with GameSpot, reiterated that the Xbox 360 is still on schedule to launch simultaneously in North America, Europe, and Japan this holiday season. Details on the specifics of the Japanese release will be disclosed at this year's Tokyo Game Show, which begins September 16. Microsoft has confirmed that the "Core System" will not be backwards compatible out-of-the-box. In order to play current-generation Xbox games, owners of the bare-bones system will have to purchase the detachable hard drive. It is unclear whether or not backwards compatibility will work with the smaller-capacity 64MB memory cards. Moore explained that the idea behind the two choices came from "lessons learned from the first generation , but perhaps more importantly to provide the gamer with choices in pricing as applicable to their gaming habits." In addition, gamers will be able to select from a range of peripherals available at launch:• Faceplate ($19.99, 19.99 Euros, 14.99 GBP)• Hard Drive (20 GB) ($99.99, 99.99 Euros, 69.99 GBP) • Memory Unit (64 MB) ($39.99, 34.99 Euros, 22.99 GBP) • Wireless Networking Adapter ($99.99, 79.99 Euros, 59.99 GBP) • Wireless Controller ($49.99, 44.99 Euros, 32.99 GBP)• Play and Charge Kit ($19.99, 19.99 Euros, 14.99 GBP) • Rechargeable Battery Pack ($11.99, 14.99 Euros, 9.99 GBP)• Controller ($39.99, 34.99 Euros, 24.99 GBP) • Headset ($19.99, 19.99 Euros, 14.99 GBP) • Universal Media Remote ($29.99, 29.99 Euros, 19.99 GBP)• Component HD AV Cable ($39.99, 29.99 Euros, 19.99 GBP)• S-Video AV Cable (US) ($29.99)• SCART AV Cable (Europe) (24.99 Euros, 17.99 GBP) • VGA HD AV Cable ($39.99, 29.99 Euros, 19.99 GBP)
(399 w/ hd) is pretty steep ... thats almost the same price as a high-end video card upgrade, not to mention that the games are going to be at least $60. err ... wait ... that IS at the price of a high-end video card upgrade!
(299 w/o hd) is a joke since there will be no backwards compatibiity ... you basically get a hamstrung system.
not going to be stupid in buying a console like i did last time (hell i dont even play the games on it anymore)
the price of decent desktop computers are getting lower and lower this year, i wouldnt be suprised if stores offer better deals than previous years (during the holiday season) enabling you to get an entire athlon 64 system for $400 dollars.
(master of the obvious)