Xbox 360 is UK's cheapest console

So you've had fun with the Wii but now Halo, Burnout and Grand Theft Auto are calling you. Well, Microsoft's just made it that bit easier to invest in

So you've had fun with the Wii but now Halo, Burnout and Grand Theft Auto are calling you. Well, Microsoft's just made it that bit easier to invest in some next-gen gaming gear.

As of Friday, an Arcade edition of the Xbox 360, complete with five (ahem) 'classic' games, such as (cough) pacman is a mere £160. That makes it the cheapest of all the three main console contenders - £20 cheaper than the Wii and £140 cheaper than the 40GB PS3.

For the full 360 experience you'll still want to step up to the mid-range model - now just known simply as Xbox 360 - which gets the wireless controller and 20GB hard drive of the old Premium for a still pocket pleasing £200.

The 120GB Elite's tumbled in price too - now £260, down from £300. Course, there's now no HD drive to go up against the PS3's Blu-Ray but there is the option of downloading HD movies and, if comments from Microsoft big-cheese, Steve Ballmer, are anything to go by, a Blu-Ray add-on might not be far off either.

Essentials

Microsoft Xbox 360, Arcade, Elite

Price: £200, £160, £260

On sale: 14th March

Contact: Microsoft