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NEWS: Microsoft introduces 'family' version of Xbox 360 to combat Nintendo Wii

Microsoft is introducing a 'family' version of the Xbox 360, called the Arcade, for £199.99 this Friday.

The move is seen as an attempt by Microsoft to claw back sales from Nintendo's Wii, which has been a big hit with families.

The Xbox 360 Arcade will include five family-friendly games, a wireless controller, HDMI connection and 256MB of memory.

The games included in the package are PAC-MAN Championship Edition, Uno, Luxor 2, Boom Boom Rocket and Feeding Frenzy.

"As families gather together this Christmas, it's the perfect time to launch a family-oriented Xbox 360 package that plays games, video and music for everyone to enjoy," says Stephen McGill, head of gaming and entertainment for Microsoft UK.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.