You can now get an Xbox 360, with a 60G hard disk, for less than 200 pounds. Twenty pounds less if you go to Amazon, where they are doing them for 180. This is quite frankly an incredible price. Over 10 years ago, when money was really worth something, I got a Playstation 1 for 400 pounds. Now you can get something far more powerful, which will also work as a media centre and has a genuinely useful sized storage capacity, for a fraction of that. And of course with XNA you can write your own programs for it. For free if you are a student.