Although the Xbox 360's cheapest package, the Arcade, experienced no price adjustment in the States during the recent markdown
, the same can't be said for its British cousin. In the UK, the Arcade actually increased 30
overnight, with no added value in the box. Microsoft, by way of CVG
, has explained it as an attempt to "offset" exchange rate fluctuations and local market conditions.A Microsoft representative told the site that the increase
from £130 to £160 is a first for the company, which has never "made upward adjustments to the trade price of consoles before." British gamers have been asked to take solace in the fact that -- even with the increase -- the Xbox 360 rem
ains "the most affordable console in the market."