Posted on October 16, 2007,

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.

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20 Comments on Does the Xbox 360 Arcade System Only Come with Arcade Trials?


On October 16, 2007 at 3:48 pm

Thats totaly stupid. What is the point of shipping a demo disk. That is a waste of a DVD. Moneysoft atleast give the person a full versions of the games. If these are only dumb demos, it only entices the person to get a HDD and buy some real versions of the games, therfore, they should have gotten an Xbox 360 with a HDD in the first place and just downloaded what the disks already had.

This is totaly usless, Id fire that disk in the garbage if it was me. Screw you moneysoft. dont call it Xbox live Aracde, its Xbox live demo-cade. USELESS!!


On October 16, 2007 at 4:14 pm

Wow…Xbox Live demo-cade…clever…


On October 16, 2007 at 7:17 pm

The disc contains the full live arcade games and some demos too, i’m getting one for my son, keeping the wireless controller for myself and giving him one of my old wired ones that way he can set it up in his room and let me play Forza 2 in peace.


On October 16, 2007 at 10:59 pm

Have you considered the possibility that your xbox was not connected to the Internet. If you are not connected to xbox live, all purchased games (purchased downloaded games) revert to the demo form. As soon as you connect to xbox live the games should be fully playable.


On October 17, 2007 at 12:38 pm

Let me clarify. 5 free FULL games are included and 5 free demos are included. Also, HDMI is included. Supposedly, from what I’ve read, most people have no idea what xbox live Arcade is. So, this would be M$ attempt at marketing it to people who would otherwise know nothing of the service. Let’s face it, you and I may know what XBL arcade is, but the average joe knows what? Jack . So I think it’s a great move on M$, weither it will move systems… that will be determined.


On October 18, 2007 at 8:38 pm

Ok, this is it. I am fed up and sick and tire of MS’ BS. First is the Halo special edition xbox without Halo 3 bundled and now bundling trial ware plus the skimpy and problematic hardware. I am getting a PS3 this holiday and wait for the games! I am sick of MS’ sh*ts!


On November 14, 2007 at 12:44 pm

could you play normal xbox 360 games like EA skate or Halo3 on xbox 360 arcade?


On November 14, 2007 at 12:57 pm

@ krew101

Yeah, it plays all normal 360 games although like all 360′s to play online you will need a Gold Xbox live account.


On November 14, 2007 at 1:50 pm

so u dont need buy a HDD to play normal games?


On November 14, 2007 at 2:34 pm

No. At least not at the moment.

There is an interesting article about it here:


On November 16, 2007 at 10:35 pm

Hey I need to know, what is an Xbox Live Gold account and if the Xbox 360 Arcade plays regular 360 games and if you can hook up all the requirements for Xbox Live to paly Halo 3 etc. etc. etc.


On December 13, 2007 at 8:08 pm

can the xbox 360 arcade have LIVE


On December 20, 2007 at 9:17 am

yeah i hate xbox i have the regular xbox 360 (white box) is wat it came in and ive had to send it to CA from NJ 3 x so far for thatinfamous red circle of death! im gettin a PS3 for the holiday and it free online and everythin so im excited lol my xbox 360 i still have it but its w.e


On January 5, 2008 at 3:45 pm

were do i get that disk from :?: :mrgreen: :arrow: :cool: :evil: :grin: :idea: :oops: :razz: :roll: :wink: :cry: :eek: :lol: :mad: :sad: :!: :?: :shock: :arrow: :twisted: :???: :smile:


On January 16, 2008 at 8:44 pm

is the xbox 360 arcade backward compatable? :?:


On February 12, 2008 at 10:28 pm

hell cool dude this works fine just im hopin it has the xenon so its hella hela awsome but damn i wanted a premuim ges ima buy the hard drive for 120gb


On March 23, 2008 at 3:27 pm

so when the new grand theft auto comes out on xbox u could still play it on xbox arcade??????????????


On March 29, 2008 at 1:07 pm

So any game can be played on Xbox 360 Arcade such as GTA 4, Call of Duty 4, & Halo 3?


On June 2, 2009 at 10:53 pm

Can Xbox 360 games like gta 4,call of duty etc be played on xbox 360 arcade Why is it so cheap then?


On October 30, 2009 at 2:54 am

yes it is xbox 360 arcade is the same