Goodbye Xbox 360 Core, hello Arcade

Hey Mario, Pac-Man's gonna get you. At least that's what Microsoft hopes. It's loaded a bunch of pick-up-and-play favourites on to its new base model,

Hey Mario, Pac-Man's gonna get you. At least that's what Microsoft hopes. It's loaded a bunch of pick-up-and-play favourites on to its new base model, the Xbox 360 Arcade.

Coming in at just twenty notes more than Nintendo's Wii, it replaces the Core, adding an all-important HDMI slot and snipping the cable on the bundled controller to go wireless.

There's still no hard drive but it does come with a 256MB memory card pre-loaded with five of the most shifted titles from Xbox LIVE Arcade: PAC-MAN Championship Edition, Uno, Luxor 2, Boom Boom Rocket and Feeding Frenzy.

Hardly Halo 3 but then it's aimed at family types who might have been tempted to buy the kids a Nintendo this Christmas. Still, there's nothing to stop you turning off the parental controls and getting your frag on with the Master Chief. Pesky kids can go play outside.

Essentials

Xbox 360 Arcade

Price: £200

On sale: 26 October

Contact: Microsoft

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