Thursday, November 24, 2005

Australian Xbox 360 Pricing & Details






Here's the details (so-far) of the Australian release of the Xbox360:

Core System comes with: (AUD$499)
  • Silver Live
  • Wired controller
  • Faceplate
  • Standard AV cable
  • (plus you'd really need a Memory Unit to save stuff obviously; add $49)

  • Premium System comes with: (AUD$649)
  • Silver Live as well grrrr!!!
  • 20GB HDD
  • Wireless controller
  • Faceplate
  • Media remote
  • VGA HD AV cable.

  • Therefore, no online gaming is available out of the box! =(
    No idea of pricing for 360 Gold Live (anyone?) but my current Xbox1 Live sub costs $79 per year fwiw..

    Gold will have video chat, and all Silver registrations get a free 30-day trial period of Gold:

    Xbox Live Gold Membership:
  • Play your Xbox 360 multiplayer games online with the premiere online gaming service.
  • Use the brand new TrueSkill™ Matchmaking system to play against opponents with similar skills, personalities, and gaming tastes.
  • Give player feedback to rate your teammates and opponents on their sportsmanship, abilities, and conduct to influence matchmaking.
  • Play select original Xbox backward compatible games online (Xbox 360 Hard Drive is required to play original Xbox games).
  • Get access to exclusive Gold Member content.
  • Engage in video chat (scheduled for 2006).
  • Enjoy all the Xbox Live Silver features (below)

    Xbox Live Silver Membership:
  • Go online free of charge.
  • Register a unique gamertag and set up your individual gamer card to keep track of your gaming accomplishments.
  • Engage in one-on-one Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) and chat with your friends via the Xbox 360 Headset.
  • Preview Xbox Live Gold during free weekend trials.
  • Download auto updates and free downloads for your Xbox 360 games.
  • Access Xbox Live Message Center where you can send and receive voice and text messages from other members.
  • Compare gaming stats and achievements against other Xbox Live members.
  • Use your friends list to see who's online.

  • If you bought the 'Core' system, then upgraded gradually to the equivalent of the 'Premium' system, it'd cost you an extra $349.00 (ouch!!).
    On top of the 'Core' price, that'd mean you've forked out $849.00 all up.. when you could've got it for $649.00 in the first place (extra $200.00 wasted).

    Yikes.

    Here's the AUS numbers once again (cheers AJ):

    Xbox 360 Launch:

  • Midnight, March 2nd, 2006
  • Premium pack RRP - $649.95
  • Core pack RRP - $499.95
  • Approximately 30 games at launch

    Accessory pricing: (AUD$)

  • Wired controller - $59.95
  • Wireless controller - $79.95
  • Rechargable battery pack and cable - $49.95
  • Battery pack - $19.95
  • Play charge cable - $34.95
  • 20 GB Hard Drive - $169.95
  • 64 MB memory card - $49.95
  • Wireless network adaptor - $169.95
  • VGA cable - $49.95
  • Advanced AV pack - $39.95
  • High definition AV pack - $49.95
  • Headset - $49.95
  • Faceplate - $29.95
  • Remote - $49.95

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