Microsoft's Xbox official launch is only a matter of days away and while the Xbox New Zealand site was up and running, listing the price of the new game console at $499 recommended retail price, it has since been taken down.
The Xbox was launched in the US market in November last year but the interest from users wasn't as high as anticipated. Prices in both the US and Australia were slashed with the Australian price falling from $A649 to $A399. The New Zealand price tag is the same as that of rival Sony with its PlayStation II.
The Xbox boasts an internal hard drive for storing games, something the PS II can't do without add-on storage media, as well as an ethernet port for online gaming through Microsoft's Xbox Live online gaming service. Xbox Live is due to be launched in the US only in November at a cost of $US49.95 for a starter kit which includes a communication headset and a one-year subscription. There is no word yet on when the service will be available outside the US.