360 hits Saudi Arabia

Microsoft yesterday officially launched its popular Xbox 360 video gaming console in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  June 21, 2007

Microsoft yesterday officially launched its popular Xbox 360 video gaming console in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Xbox 360 version that will be initially available includes a 20Gbyte hard drive, wireless controller and headset, and will retail for an estimated retail price of 1899 Saudi Riyals (US $506).

"The launch of the Xbox 360 in KSA is undoubtedly a critical milestone in our Middle East expansion plans," said Armagan Demir, the head of Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices Division Middle East Microsoft.

"Gamers in the Kingdom will not only have easy access to high-definition graphics, more than 100 great high-definition games, sophisticated next-generation gameplay, and gripping digital entertainment features of the Xbox 360," he added

Crucial for 360 gamers is the fact that unlike the grey import Xbox versions available previously in the Kingdom, official consoles will be covered by warranty should anything go wrong. Microsoft is also promising Xbox 360 gaming events and the development of a true KSA 360 community. Microsoft officially launched the 360 in the UAE earlier this year.

In addition to promoting the 360 console, Microsoft is also currently one of the industry partners involved in Windows Middle East magazine's second annual PC gaming competition - ‘WGC2'. This hard-fought tri-nation contest concludes this weekend in Dubai. Find out more at www.itp.net/wgc.

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