Having launched in the US, the UK, Japan and Asia, Microsoft’s next step in spreading the 360 love is the Middle East. The United Arab Emirates will be the first to witness the beauty that is Microsoft’s beast of a machine, with the whole of the Middle East expected to be covered within seven months.
The launch will take place on the 26th April, with Saudi Arabia next in line. Other countries will follow afterwards. It seems only the Premium version will be released, at the price of 1,799 Emirati Dirham. Converted, that equals Â£246, â‚¬362 and $490. A pretty reasonable price then. Dubai-based Pluto Derinton Games will be responsible for the distribution of the consoles and the games to all major retailers in the UAE.
Microsoft’s Middle East Head of Entertainment and Devices Division Armagan Demir had this to say:
The official launch in the UAE will signify that gamers in the Middle East will not only have easy access to high-definition graphics, unparalleled online play and gripping digital entertainment features of the Xbox 360 but also the technical support, events, community and access to over 160 games that are available to gamers abroad
Don’t get too excited just yet though, as the most important feature for any true gamer would be the Live experience and, well, the UAE won’t have access to that just yet. But, in great irony, the WiFi adapter will be available for purchase.
Do we have any Middle Eastern readers that are excited about this?