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March of the Xbox 360 accessories

March of the Xbox 360 accessories

I touched on this briefly in the previous post, but today's Xbox 360 announcements also included an official list of approved accessories. Reproduced for your consumption:

  • Faceplate ($19.99, EUR 19.99, £14.99)
  • Hard drive (20GB) ($99.99, EUR 99.99, £69.99)
  • Memory unit (64MB) ($39.99, EUR 34.99, £22.99)
  • Wireless networking adapter ($99.99, EUR 79.99, £59.99)
  • Wireless controller ($49.99, EUR 44.99, £32.99)
  • Play and Charge kit ($19.99, EUR 19.99, £14.99)
  • Rechargeable battery pack ($11.99, EUR 14.99, £9.99)
  • Controller ($39.99, EUR 34.99, £24.99)
  • Headset ($19.99, EUR 19.99, £14.99)
  • Universal Media remote ($29.99, EUR 29.99, £19.99)
  • Component HD A/V cable ($39.99, EUR 29.99, £19.99)
  • S-Video A/V cable (United States) ($29.99)
  • SCART A/V cable (Europe) (EUR 24.99, £17.99)
  • VGA HD A/V cable ($39.99, EUR 29.99, £19.99)
  • Naturally, all of these are pricey; we expect nothing less from proprietary peripherals. But unlike Xboxes past, for which unscrupulous overseas exporters could pump out $10 knockoffs within seconds of launch, the Xbox 360 has a rigid security mechanism to ensure that only properly approved and licensed accessories can be used with the box.

    So, while DRM schemes can be cracked--and we're not ruling that out for the future--for now, you'll have to shell out for a 64MB memory card that somehow costs $40. Ugh--haven't we, as a civilization, advanced past the point where we need proprietary memory cards? Memory hasn't been this expensive per megabyte since 640K was enough for everybody. I wonder how much they'll charge for the 2,400baud modem.