Following rampant internet speculation, new retail listings have shown strong new evidence of a new Xbox 360 model to replace the Core known as Xbox 360 Arcade, featuring HDMI, a 256MB memory card, and five free Xbox Live Arcade titles packed in, including Pac-Man
Rumors of the new model first surfaced via an Ars Technica report
, which went so far as to detail the five pack-in games as Boom-Boom Rocket, Pac-Man, Uno, Feeding Frenzy, and Luxor 2
Now, a new listing on Amazon
, and a separate page at on Toys "R" Us' retail site that has been consequently removed, indicate an October 25th release date and $279.99 price point.
The package shot shown at Toys "R" Us prominently features the five-game Xbox Live Arcade pack-in, with icons for Pac-Man
lending more credence to the Ars Technica rumors.
Microsoft has yet to confirm any details of the new model, nor has the company officially declared that the Core model - which originally was marketed with no hard drive, external storage, or HDMI output at the same $279.99 price - has been discontinued.