Does the Xbox 360 Arcade System Only Come with Arcade Trials?
There’s really no doubt that the Xbox 360 Arcade exists. We’ve seen pictures. Reports have it that some retailers are already beginning to sell them despite Microsoft not having officially announced it. So, thanks to Microsoft’s decision to continue to say nothing, we get to rely on tips to piece things together. Yay!
One tip in particular, sent to Engadget, is from an invividual who has already purchased and unboxed the system. The most interesting detail in all of this, though, is that apparently the disc the system ships with does not include the full versions of the five Arcade games we suspected to be included. Instead, they’re simply trials – you know, the things you can easily download from the Xbox Live Marketplace for free.
This blows my mind – why ship with something that you can easily get through the online system? If your argument is that people might not have access to Xbox Live, then why even name the system after a feature that people won’t even be able to access? Hopefully this doesn’t turn out to be true, but we won’t know for sure until Microsoft decides to announce their product… which is apparently already available, provided you look in the right place.