Microsoft Working On Cheaper Slim Xbox 360

Microsoft have confirmed that they are working on a new Slim Xbox that will be sold at a lower price point and will eventually replace the ever popular Arcade machine.

The new slim Xbox was unveiled last night to much fan fare and will cost £199/€249 when it launches in Europe on 16th July.

As well as the fantastic new looks – the new Xbox features a new replaceable 250GB hard drive and the new console with feature 802.11n Wi-Fi. Also, for the first time the console will come with a built-in power supply muck like the PS3.

According to Gamespot, both the existing Arcade and Elite models will see a significant price drop by as much as $50 in the US, where the new 360 bundles go on sale this week.

Most interesting, is that Microsoft have said that the new form factor would be put together to replace the old Arcade models.

There’s no immediate word on the UK – but if you are planning to buy an Xbox you could be in line for a decent discount in July when Microsoft tries to off-load its remaining stock. We predict that you’ll be able to pick a 360 for as cheap £100 – which is a bargain.

Microsoft revealed today that using Kinect you will have to plug the motion sensor into the wall separate from the console. And if you use the new Slim Xbox you will be able to use the new “custom Kinect port” which connects the camera to the console as well as providing the power.

So do you think Microsoft have got their design mojo back?  And what you think of the form factor slim Xbox ?  Let us know your thoughts below…

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