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$300 360 Slim with Natal and 250Gb HDD on the way, says Pachter

Wednesday, 14th April 2010 12:30 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Michael Pachter’s predicted we will see a $300 bundle from Microsoft that will have a Xbox 360 Slim, with a 250Gb HDD and Natal packed in with it.

Speaking in a note ahead of this week’s NPD release, the Wedbush analyst that the move will only happen if Sony doesn’t give PlayStation 3 another price cut by the time its own motion controller PlayStation Move launches.

“We expect another price cut for both systems some time this year (most likely around September), but note that because its
manufacturing costs are lower, Microsoft has the ability to lower price earlier,” he said.

“At a minimum, we anticipate the introduction of a more feature-packed Xbox 360 as the standard SKU in late 2010 (likely with a 250Gb hard drive) at the same $299 price point, and think that Microsoft will cut price before the fall only if it begins to lose significant market share to Sony.

“It is far more likely that we will see a slim version of the Xbox 360 with a 250 Gb hard drive and with Project Natal bundled into the box while maintaining the $299 price point, especially if Sony does not lower the price of the PS3 by the time Natal and Sony’s Move controllers launch in the fall.”

Rumours of a hardware SKU with Natal built-in have been mentioned before. Recently, rumours of a 360 Slim have been circulating recently, although they’ve both turned to shit.

The NPD results for the month of March releases on Thursday night.

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  1. Happy Hardon Harry

    I wouldn’t believe a word that came out of that gobshites trap.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Anders

    He made the same prediction a couple of months ago, but then the price was $249.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Bulk Slash

    That first 360 slim leak was very likely genuine. The GAF posters were pointing out that Kotaku’s information was complete rubbish, not that the motherboard was fake.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. cookiejar

    I would tend to agree with not listening to that bloke, but I think a slim is inevitable at this point. Although, Im not sure sure it’ll have an HDD. Microsoft updating the 360 software to use USB devices, I think points to a smaller Wii like SKU with you having to supply the extra storage yourself.

    It might have a small amount of built in memory like the Arcade does, but its clear they want to go after the Wii market whilst staying hardcore enough to keep up with PS3.

    Just my thoughts, anyway.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. AHA-Lambda

    360 slim I think is real
    250Gb HDD we know are real
    natal bundles almost certainly real

    but all of that for $300? IDK =/

    #5 4 years ago
  6. scuz

    well natal’s going to be priced at the £85-95 range i reckon, so it’s possible. i really can’t see microsoft doing a slim version though.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Quiiick

    @ cookiejar
    Interesting idea.
    But AFAIK Microsoft and Sony do not let you store purchased game/movie data on external USB-drives/sticks. Only game-saves and non DRM’ed video/music.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Blerk

    Anything can go onto the USB devices now – games, DLC, XBLA games, whatever.

    Edit: On the 360, that is. I have no idea about the PS3.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. sennasnit

    Not on PS3, unless you’re doing a HDD swap, but it can’t read games ‘n stuff from an external.
    That’s mainly because of the standard laptop drive thing, you really don’t need to use external, you just swap the HDD.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. cookiejar

    Hadn’t thought about the DRM issue.

    Interesting.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. sennasnit

    Wouldn’t USB be ssssslllllloooooowwwwww compared to SATA?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Blerk

    Not necessarily.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. xino

    farking greedy!

    #13 4 years ago
  14. KillerDD

    @6
    Didn’t he predict that Natal would go for $45?

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Goliath

    Still waiting for that Wii HD announcement he said was coming a year ago.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. AHA-Lambda

    but wat bout PS move? :P

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Pyrix

    @11
    I’ve played a demo off of my USB and it performs just like I would expect any game/demo to.

    Downloading stuff onto the USB is also as quick as doing it onto the HDD.

    #17 4 years ago