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Microsoft's Xbox 360 to cost £209

May the battle with Playstation 3 commence

Microsoft's Xbox 360 games console will launch this Xmas in two versions, one priced at £209 and the other at £279.

The more expensive version will include a 20GB hard-disk drive, wireless controller, headset, Ethernet cable and wireless remote control.

The company has already disclosed many key specifications about the console but pricing remains one of the biggest question marks regarding the unit. That's partly because of fierce competition looming between Microsoft and Sony's PlayStation 3, which is expected sometime in the first half of 2006.

Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are considerably more powerful than current gaming consoles. Each supports high-definition video and are expected to deliver much more realistic graphics to gamers.


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