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Microsoft to offer two versions of its new console this holiday
August 17, 2005: 9:33 AM EDT
Game Over is a weekly column by Chris Morris


NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - It could be a confusing holiday season for some holiday shoppers.

Microsoft Wednesday announced two pricing plans for its next generation video game console. When the Xbox 360 goes on sale this holiday season, buyers will be able to purchase a no-frills version for $299.99 or a bells-and-whistles version for $399.99.

The less-expensive core system will feature only the Xbox 360 console with a controller, which has to be plugged into the system to play games. The $400 option will come with a 20 GB hard drive, a wireless controller, a headset (used for talking with other players online) that stylistically matches the Xbox 360 and, for a limited time, a remote control allowing users to more easily access the machine's multimedia functions.

The pricing, announced today at the German Games Conference in Leipzig, Germany, takes Microsoft (Research) into relatively uncharted territory. Typically, initial console prices have not exceeded $299.99 (both the original Xbox and Sony's (Research) PlayStation 2 were sold at that price).

"If you look at the processing power that's available in the Xbox 360, you'll see it is more powerful than what you can get at the PC level today for a reasonable price," said Mitch Koch, vice president of retail sales for Microsoft's games division.

While both versions of the Xbox 360 will be available simultaneously, Microsoft plans to have more of the $400 version on shelves, which could confound some of Santa's helpers as Christmas draws near.

The company would not say how many of each version it would have available. Nor did it further clarify its worldwide launch date for the system beyond "Holiday 2005". (Most observers expect it to be released in November.)

Microsoft also announced the price points for over a dozen Xbox 360 accessories, including stand-alone wireless controllers ($50), detachable 20 GB hard drives ($100), headsets ($20) and Xbox 360 faceplates ($20), which allow users to customize their machine.

Those hoping to take advantage of the Xbox 360's oft-touted high definition graphics will either need to purchase the $400 bundle or buy separate component cables (which will sell for $40) along with the basic system. The lower-end package will ship with standard AV cables.

Gamers who buy the $400 version of the system will also find their hard drives pre-loaded with music, gaming videos and more, though Microsoft declined to specifically say what it planned to include on the hard drive.

The hard drive might seem like an expensive luxury to some shoppers, particularly those buying for someone else this holiday season, but for current Xbox gamers, it's a critical piece of equipment. Without a hard drive, the Xbox 360 will not be able to play any games from the current Xbox, including the phenomenally successful "Halo 2".

The prices unveiled Wednesday apply to both North American and European consumers (the numbers are the same in Europe, though they're in Euros, not dollars). Japanese pricing was not announced. Koch said those prices would be unveiled at the Tokyo Game Show in Japan this September.

Hardware's not all that's going to cost more as the next generation of video games begins. Most major publishers have quietly acknowledged that major games will cost $59.99, a $10 jump over current prices.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-19-2005, 10:25 PM
 
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PS 2 ultra slim $149.00 Perfect to have in the entertainment center for people to see. We dont ever play it. The wife and I sometimes play Pitfall or Ratchet and clanck. Something like that. We also have atv fury 3 but it for some reason makes me nusious (sp) if I watch it long enough I get motion sick or something.
I never have been much for playing games. I did however get addicted to MC Madness as I stated in my other post. For some reasone that game was just fun to play. I like how you can use brake and throttle when jumping, and do x-up's and al kinds of other stunts. Just a cool game I guess.
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I'm a hard core gamer of sorts ( least I was until I started motorcycling ) and already reserved the $400 version. The irony of course is that there's no game at the immediate launch I am interested in. You have to get the $400 version for the HD which will allow you to play original Xbox games, so I need the second version to keep playing Xbox games while I wait for Xbox 360 games that I want.

Ah well.

The next week, Need for Speed: Most Wanted comes out. A throwback to the best of the Need for Speed series, Hot Pursuit.
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I've never even reached $400.00 in total game cost including the console. I couldnt imagine $400.00 just to get the machine. I know it is for some people. I have a lot into my guitars and amp and crap and it isnt for everyone. Different strokes for different folks.
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I've never even reached $400.00 in total game cost including the console. I couldnt imagine $400.00 just to get the machine. I know it is for some people. I have a lot into my guitars and amp and crap and it isnt for everyone. Different strokes for different folks.
100%..I've never spent that much into the console...I have so much $ invested in other toys tho...my guitar, amp, Zoom 1010 digital effects processor pedal, Ibanez RG270...just sits here...I actually found the power supply to the pedal today...so I dusted it off and played with it today tho.
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100%..I've never spent that much into the console...I have so much $ invested in other toys tho...my guitar, amp, Zoom 1010 digital effects processor pedal, Ibanez RG270...just sits here...I actually found the power supply to the pedal today...so I dusted it off and played with it today tho.
I have all I need I just wish I could play a little. I suck.
I had a Korg toneworks ax-1500 g Modeling processor. That was the neetest thing in world. You got to check out the Demo on there site. I could watch that bit over and over.
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Now that is awesome!!! and alot more advanced tham mine...The Zoom 1010 does everything and more than I need it to do fully editable effects, and memory banks...but that Korg was just awesome...I really like the hold effect delay and recoring method! That just str8 up rocks!!
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It wa fun as hell. I am going to pick up another one on e-bay one of these days. I paid $300.00 and some change for the one I had originaly but on ebay you can scoop one up for about a bill or less. It is just awesome.
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It wa fun as hell. I am going to pick up another one on e-bay one of these days. I paid $300.00 and some change for the one I had originaly but on ebay you can scoop one up for about a bill or less. It is just awesome.
I wish I could stick with it more...I pick up the guitar for a month or so...then it goes back into the case and into the closet for months on end....I've forgotten almost everything I knew how to play...i need to get online and get some guitar tabs...you got any good tabs suggestions?
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Na, I just think of a song and search for it. Find the best printable page nad play with it a while.
If you want a good ole' clean back porch lick give Queensryque "Silent Lucitity" a listen to. It isnt that hard and it is neighbor friendly. For those that havent heard it before find it campfire friendly if you no what I meen.
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Na, I just think of a song and search for it. Find the best printable page nad play with it a while.
If you want a good ole' clean back porch lick give Queensryque "Silent Lucitity" a listen to. It isnt that hard and it is neighbor friendly. For those that havent heard it before find it campfire friendly if you no what I meen.
Thats what I did a while back...I just googled or yahood the tabs search and it worked fine. I'm glad I hadn't forgot how to read tabs!
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I cant read a lick of music. it is either someone show me the chords or tab it out for me.
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I cant read a lick of music. it is either someone show me the chords or tab it out for me.
I can't exactly read music...but I can read guitar tabs tho...you know your strings right? E A D G B E then what ever the number is on that cord is the fret and the string you are going to hit....its real easy.
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Yeah I can tab ok. I still have to work it out. I am not fluent with reading it and playing as I go. I really have to read it, place my fingers and pick it and I hope I memeorize it so I dont have to look at the page again. I need to look at the neck.
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Oh i'm the same way...I can just listen and or look at the page and play like a pro...I gotta pick at it for a while and get the rythem going.
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Nice page, Just went into favorites. Thanks
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this one is better!!
CLICK HERE!!

There are 6 tab lines representing 6 strings on the guitar. (The 1st string is the thinnest, and the 6th string is the thickest) They are as follows:

E----------------------------- String 1
B----------------------------- String 2
G----------------------------- String 3
D----------------------------- String 4
A----------------------------- String 5
E----------------------------- String 6


When a number is placed on one of the lines, it indicates the fret location of note for example,

E----------------------------- String 1
B------4---------------------- String 2
G----------------------------- String 3
D----------------------------- String 4
A----------------------------- String 5
E----------------------------- String 6

(This means to play the 4th Fret on the 2nd string)


E----------------------------- String 1
B----------------------------- String 2
G----------------------------- String 3
D----------------------------- String 4
A------0---------------------- String 5
E----------------------------- String 6


(This indicates an open 5th string)

E---1------------------------- String 1
B-----------8----------------- String 2
G-------7--------------------- String 3
D---------------2------------- String 4
A----------------------------- String 5
E------------------------12--- String 6


This indicates:
1st Fret, 1st string then
7th Fret, 3rd string, then
8th Fret, 2nd string, then
2nd Fret, 4th string, then
12th Fret, 6th string.
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