Slim 360, Natal and 250GB HDD to be bundled for $299

Microsoft could drop 360 price in summer if it losses sales to Sony, says analyst

Microsoft is likely to offer a new Xbox 360 slim model, 250 GB hard-drive and motion controller Project Natal in a hardware bundle for $299 by the end of the year.

That's according to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter, who also suggested that should Microsoft lose significant market share to Sony in 2010, it could cut the price of the current Xbox 360 before the end of the summer.

"At a minimum, we anticipate the introduction of a more feature-packed Xbox 360 as the standard SKU in late 2010 (likely with a 250GB hard drive) at the same $299 price point, and think that Microsoft will cut price before the fall only if it begins to lose significant market share to Sony," Pachter told investors.

"It is far more likely that we will see a slim version of the Xbox 360 with a 250 GB hard drive and with Project Natal bundled into the box while maintaining the $299 price point, especially if Sony does not lower the price of the PS3 by the time Natal and Sony’s Move controllers launch in the fall."

A slim Xbox 360 is currently only a rumour, although images currently doing the rounds are offering a convincing argument for a new model console from Microsoft.

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Latest comments (8)

Jack Loftus Contributing Editor, Gizmodo6 years ago
This will probably be part of MS's big "please don't forget that we're releasing this Natal thing" keynote at E3. However, since it's Pachter saying it, it could very well be utter fiction.

The headline is a stretch though. As we see in the article, it's just Pachter pontificating. Again.
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Johan Ekblom6 years ago
I think Natal is a joke.
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Philip Wilson Project Manager/QA 6 years ago
Do people *really* take Michael Pachter serious? The guy comes up with either the most obvious predictions that will more then likely happen (such as a slimmer console) or the release of a larger hard drive (gasp! Because no one saw that coming that for sure).
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Excuse me but am I the only one that thinks Patcher is one lazzy-wellpaid person that comes with some obvious "prediction" after a hangover ?

Edit: Didn't see Wilson's comment ^^

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Aurélien Dussalve on 14th April 2010 1:30am

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Nicolo Zilli Indie Developer 6 years ago
This is the same guy that said that Borderlands was "being sent out to die", when it actually turned out to be the best selling new IP in 2009, even after releasing in late October.

Michael Pachter is a joke and I honestly think that the outlets should stop reporting his "analysis" as anything more than an idiot's crazy talk. Sure maybe he'll guess a couple of things right. Anyone can as long as you know 2 shits about the industry.
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Shane Sweeney Academic 6 years ago
I remember when a games site last year held the 10 most popular games industry analysts accountable for there predictions, Michael Pachter was found most accurate.

So either, the job is harder than it looks when being held accountable or the analysts industry is filled with incompetence. Either way Michael Pachter still has the highest percentage of accuracy, so he can't be all that bad.
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Sergio Santos Freelance 3D Artist 6 years ago
Please don't quote Michael Pachter anymore...
Either he only says really obvious stuff or he is completely clueless about the gaming business.
I cannot believe that this guy is still around and getting paid to say such stupid things.
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Borja De Altolaguirre EMEA Licensing Coordinator, Konami Digital Entertainment6 years ago
Makes sense, but another price cut on SCEE's side doesn't: They will have great exclusive IPs and Move could be sold as 'the new Wii-thing', so here's where Nintendo would be maybe forced to move on this price war..

After the E3, everything will be a bit clear. But a console redesign with Natal is something VERY obvious. I bet they'll include much more HDD and built-in WiFi as well.
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