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Microsoft Sneakily Drops Price Of Xbox 360 Console To £170

With the Kinect now available for preorder, Microsoft has decided to make it more affordable to get the new Xbox 360 250GB gaming console, the one that offers native support for the motion controller.

Until the 26th of August 2010, users who type in UK-STORE15-TD at the checkout at Microsoft Store (opens in new tab) will get a full 15 per cent off the suggested retail price of the device, bringing it down to £169.99, excluding delivery.

This will go nicely with the £115 Kinect that you can preorder from Zavvi with a shipping date set for the 10th of November bringing the price of the combo to £275.

The new Xbox 360 console boosts some impressive specifications; a 250GB hard disk drive being the main one, with native 802.11n wireless connectivity, a new design that has better acoustics and better cooling properties.

Microsoft is also likely to have tweaked the platform to make it even more reliable (less RRODs for example) by using a more mature manufacturing process.

The new one comes with a single chip with CPU, GPU and eDRAM compared to the previous one which needed two packages and runs cooler thanks to a 45nm process.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.