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Hidden Xbox 360 Costs?

Yesterday I wondered about the audio/video cables, and whether or not they’d be included in the Xbox 360 box. It seems like I’m not the only one. joystiq is wondering the same thing.

If no AV cables are included, you’ll have to buy something like Microsoft’s HD AV Pack, which currently goes for about $20 at Amazon. If the 360 alone ends up selling for $299 like many people think, your cost would end up being $319. Lots of people complained about Sony’s multitap (me included), and how Sony was gouging game players. Much the same thing will happen to the 360 if Microsoft doesn’t include any AV cables in the 360 box.

Only it’ll be worse.

If I didn’t buy the multitap, when I brought my PS2 home I could still play it. Now, if I were to buy a 360 without the AV cables, I’d bring home an expensive lawn ornament. So I hate to nip this train of thought in the bud right now, but I think I have to. Microsoft will include AV cables. They just have to. They’d be shooting themselves in the foot if they didn’t. And while Microsoft is a lot of things, stupid ain’t on that list.

Link: joystiqXbox 360 packaging details, A/V cables sold separately?!