"excellent value...if you do it right..."4.0 starson by svc4you
Pros: Quite a few upgrades from the Core system. If you plan it out right, you can end up spending way less than what they would have you believe. EVEN without having the hard drive.
Cons: the fact that it doesn't even come with the old 20GB HD is still a big detraction.
Summary: Bottom line, if you're smart, you can get this system and buy your upgrades on a website that rhymes with the word "Hay" and begins with an "E". You'll spend less than the upgraded versions and for most people this edition of the system will satisfy them completely.
Arcade does NOT have: headset, network cable, HD, HDMI cord (only comes with standard)
Most of that can be bought online for pennies on the dollar.
Yes, the advantage of buying the mid-range 360 is that you don't have to go hunting for those accessories. And to be sure, looking at the specs, buying the Elite 360 just shows everyone how much of a sucker you are. For all of us penny-pinchers in these hard economic times, a little hunting may save you enough dough to buy some more 360 games... :-)