New member here,
I must say Microsoft is doing the right and smart thing by letting customers to decide what sytem is right for them. During the xbox era, microsoft have learned that the most expensive, most powerful and extras in every system like the Harddrive doesn't really matter when what really matters are great games, variety, marketing, and affordability. Xbox was a mild success for Microsoft's first gaming effort but nobody in their right mind gave them any chance whatsoever of overtaking Sony and their powerful PS brand, regardless of their head start or lower price point. It was really David vs Goliath of the gaming world. They killed off the original xbox early to test the water with the 360. People were crying about not having a harddrive in every system and 2, 3 sku were a bad idea. In just 3 short years, the 360 already surpasses the original xbox in lifetime sales and is beating the crap out of the PS3 in sales ATM. I think Hardcore, Casual, family, price conservative gamers should all be happy and thankful that Microsoft gives them this option to fit their budget to enjoy tru HD next generation gaming without shoving expensive extras down their throats. Hate them or like them, I got to give it up to Microsoft. I just bought 2 Arcade Units over Black friday weekend for two of my cousins and their families and they should be happy. Hey, $400.00 is better than $800.00 right?