It may seem trivial to some, but along with the confirmation of the rumoured $100 USD price drop on the Xbox 360 Elite and the death of the Pro SKU comes confirmation that no new Xbox 360 Console will ship with a high definition video cable.

In a move that seems more to be a cynical attempt to sell more official accessories (Xbox 360 HD Component cables, Xbox HDMI cable) as opposed to reducing manufacturing costs, all new Xbox 360 consoles will only include a COMPOSITE cable in the box. So much for “the next generation”.

The (not-so) Elite SKU will continue to come with a black Xbox 360 controller, providing stark contrast to white PS3 controllers.

22 thoughts on “Confirmed: Xbox 360 Elite Price and Feature Drops in US

  1. Why would they do this? Did they find most customers don’t have an HDTV and/or don’t set it up? Maybe I’m overestimating the amount of people that will be complaining they can’t get their picture to look right not knowing their next gen console doesn’t come with a cable that supports HD.

    My 360 came with a component cable but I rarely use it because I bought the VGA cable so it could be a good move in that respect; take the price of the cable out of the bundle and people can buy it if they need it.

  2. Why would they do this? Did they find most customers don’t have an HDTV and/or don’t set it up? Maybe I’m overestimating the amount of people that will be complaining they can’t get their picture to look right not knowing their next gen console doesn’t come with a cable that supports HD.

    My 360 came with a component cable but I rarely use it because I bought the VGA cable so it could be a good move in that respect; take the price of the cable out of the bundle and people can buy it if they need it.

  3. I hope that someone in the US will ask MS for official comment because this is just a DUMB move. The composite cable looks like it would cost as much as the component HD cable to produce though I can’t back that up. If they don’t reduce the cost of the official HD component cable from $60 then this is not really a price drop at all.

    HDMI cable users may feel that an HDMI cable is cheap enough but what many don’t realize is that the 360 HDMI port is deliberately designed to prevent audio breakout (eg. for connection to an amplifier) unless you buy the official $60 HDMI cable.

  4. I hope that someone in the US will ask MS for official comment because this is just a DUMB move. The composite cable looks like it would cost as much as the component HD cable to produce though I can’t back that up. If they don’t reduce the cost of the official HD component cable from $60 then this is not really a price drop at all.

    HDMI cable users may feel that an HDMI cable is cheap enough but what many don’t realize is that the 360 HDMI port is deliberately designed to prevent audio breakout (eg. for connection to an amplifier) unless you buy the official $60 HDMI cable.

  5. I don’t understand all the fuss about the systems not coming with an HD cable. You can get CHEAP HDMI cables instead of the $50+ ones you see in most stores. There’s no difference in quality, and you end up saving quite a bit

  6. I don’t understand all the fuss about the systems not coming with an HD cable. You can get CHEAP HDMI cables instead of the $50+ ones you see in most stores. There’s no difference in quality, and you end up saving quite a bit

  7. McFadge, as pointed out in the post – unless you buy the official MS HDMI kit, you cannot break out your audio as the optical out (and analogue audio out) come out of a port that blocks off the HDMI port when using the standard AV cable.

    There was plenty of room for MS to put the HDMI port away from the AV port, but instead they made it so that you would have to buy their specific kit which comes with a new slimline AV cable to break out the audio.

    The “fuss” is that you are selling a “next generation high definition console” with no out of the box high definition solution.

  8. McFadge, as pointed out in the post – unless you buy the official MS HDMI kit, you cannot break out your audio as the optical out (and analogue audio out) come out of a port that blocks off the HDMI port when using the standard AV cable.

    There was plenty of room for MS to put the HDMI port away from the AV port, but instead they made it so that you would have to buy their specific kit which comes with a new slimline AV cable to break out the audio.

    The “fuss” is that you are selling a “next generation high definition console” with no out of the box high definition solution.

    • It does. That’s strange especially given the Major Nelson images. Although at least locally I believe the comparison matrix took ages to be updated. I wouldn’t have expected that for the US site though.

    • It does. That’s strange especially given the Major Nelson images. Although at least locally I believe the comparison matrix took ages to be updated. I wouldn’t have expected that for the US site though.

  9. The PS3 doesn’t come with HD cables, so I guess it just puts the new SKU elite in line with that..

  10. The PS3 doesn’t come with HD cables, so I guess it just puts the new SKU elite in line with that..

  11. Yeah I noticed the port thing the other day when I tried HDMI for the first time. I can’t believe Microsoft did that on purpose!

    But I heard that you can pry the bulky box off the AV/composite cable. Really shouldn’t have to do that in the first place.

  12. Yeah I noticed the port thing the other day when I tried HDMI for the first time. I can’t believe Microsoft did that on purpose!

    But I heard that you can pry the bulky box off the AV/composite cable. Really shouldn’t have to do that in the first place.

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