While the developed world have the XBox 360 in their hot little hands, Microsoft have finally come out and defined what “sometime during the 2006 calendar year” means for us third-world citizens in New Zealand.
Microsoft announced that two versions of the console will go on sale from 12:01am on March 2nd, 2006. Consumers will be able to choose from the Xbox 360 at RRP$719.95 and the Xbox 360 Core System at RRP$549.95.
Those prices are a little on the stinky side. With the New Zealand peso running at about US$0.70, a UD$400 Xbox should sell for around NZ$570. Even if you round that up and add some very expensive freight, the recommended retail is still a rip. Here’s hoping that RRP gets a serious spanking come March. Also, if it’s anything like the launch of the original Live! service, I’m guessing us Kiwis will be signing up for Australian or USA Live! accounts while we wait for the local servers and payment gateway to be set up.
On the upside, it’s hot and sunny, I’m not about to be shot by some mad Texan, I just went for a walk amongst the super-yachts at the marina, and I’m not feeling a single bit of TERRAH!! Not a bad tradeoff for a 4 month wait for my XBox 360.