Xbox 360 goes the family way

23 Oct 2007

With Christmas approaching and the Nintendo Wii expected to capture much of the family games market Microsoft has stepped into the ring with the Xbox 360 ‘Arcade’, an Xbox bundle designed specifically for the family.

Retailing at an estimated €279.99, the Arcade will include five games suitable for both children and adults, from the Xbox Live Arcade including Pac-Man Championship Edition, Uno, Luxor 2, Boom Boom Rocket and Feeding Frenzy.

This package is available from today in Ireland and across Europe, as well as in the US.

“As European families gather together this Christmas, it’s the perfect time to launch a family orientated Xbox 360 package that plays games, video and music for everyone to enjoy,” said Orla Sheridan, country manager, entertainment and devices division, Microsoft Ireland.

“In addition to offering an incredible all-in-one package for families to get right into the fun, the Xbox 360 Arcade system features the industry leading family settings that allow parents to control what their kids are watching and playing, and we know how important that control is to families around the world,” she said.

Keen to highlight the family friendly side of the console in the aftermath of the explosive success of Halo 3, Microsoft Ireland offers more than 200 ‘family friendly’ Xbox 360 games including Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

This latest Guitar Hero which is out next month features Johnny Rotten and co. Family friendly Sex Pistols? That’s not very rock ‘n’ roll.

By Marie Boran