What is the Xbox 360 Core System?

Xbox 360 Core System

The Xbox 360 originally launched in November 2005 with two versions — a Pro system and a Core system. The Core system was a bare bones system for people that just wanted to get in and start playing games without too much fuss. It was of remarkably poor value, though, and we recommended that you pick up a Pro system instead. The Core cost $279.99 and included the following:

  • Xbox 360 System
  • Composite (Red+White+Yellow) AV cable
  • Wired controller

As you can see, the Core doesn't include a hard drive or memory unit to save games on or the right cable to hook your Xbox 360 up to an HDTV. Once you add up all of the stuff you'll likely end up buying anyway (either a hard drive or memory unit, additional controllers, Xbox Live headset, remote) the cost comes out to well above the $349.99 price of the Pro system.