Personally I reckon Microsoft are taking the piss a little bit these days and it takes me half an hour of some Quiet Time with Mass Effect 1 and 2 so remind why the hell I invested in their console in the first place. I don't know if it's just me, but recently they seem to be dropping the ball quite a bit. It's telling that one of their biggest announcements at E3 was for a piece of hardware we've been waiting for now for several years: The new Xbox 360 Slim.
It's new and sleek and shiny, it has built in wi-fi and it's quieter and they say it probably won't red ring (but then again that's just because they've taken the lights out). It's retailing at the moment in most places for £199.99 - although you can secure yours at The Hut and Zavvi for five quid less. It's worth noting that these are pre-orders and that the Xbox 360 Slim will be released over here on July 16th.
GAME, however, true to form, are offering a whole bunch of trade-in offers available across the land in-store for console owners wanting to make the jump. We like to see anything that could potentially save you a decent amount of cash so check out the list below for prices you can expect to pay on the new Xbox when trading in the corresponding console:
- XBOX 360 Elite £99.99
- XBOX 360 60GB Pro £119.99
- XBOX 360 20GB Pro £139.99
- PS3 Slim 120 GB £24.99
- PS3 80GB £59.99
- PS3 40GB £69.99
- Nintendo Wii £124.99
In other words, there's no point in trading in your Wii. Mind you, it could be argued that there's little point in trading anything whatsoever but then, having just invested in a 2009 Jasper chip Elite model I might be a little bit bitter. Finally, though, we do have built in wi-fi (which the DS and my shitty phone even have as standard!) but this might prove to be a hard sell to owners already set up fine on the extended warranty, happy to look at their wireless dongle or LAN cable and save £200.
There are a slew of sayings and clichés to describe Microsoft's late arrival to the slim console party - 'too little, too late', 'shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted', to be honest you could just call it 'doing a Microsoft' - but the fact of the matter is that their original console was so absolutely bricked that this thing will doubtlessly sell well.
Thanks to GamerZines and fawcett at HUKD