MS to cut Xbox 360 prices this week
Save yourself some cash
If news of the recent Blu-ray talks between Sony and Microsoft has got you thinking about buying an Xbox 360, just hold off for a few days and you’ll save yourself a few quid.
Microsoft's Xbox 360 Elite: £40 cheaper by the weekend
Microsoft today confirmed that, from 14 March, a new European pricing plan will come into force. The basic Arcade unit will be cut from £200 to £160 (€210/$320) and the Premium model will retail for £200 (€260/$400) instead of £250. The all-singing, all-dancing Elite will be cut from £300 to £260 (€341/$520).
Rumours of a price drop did the rounds online last week, but confirmation from Microsoft is welcome all the same.
Chris Lewis, Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business VP for Europe, said that £160 is point where a console’s audience “begins to expand” - and sales rocket like the Wii's did, he hopes.
Microsoft’s price-cut brings the three Xbox 360 models closer in line with the PS3 and all-conquering Wii. Sony’s 40GB PS3 currently sells for around £300 (€390/$600), while the Nintendo console costs about £180 (€235/$360). The PS3 has the advantage over the Xbox 360 of being a games console and a Blu-ray Disc player, making it a popular choice with both gamers and movie fans alike.
Following HD DVD’s official death last month, Microsoft has canned production of its HD DVD add-on drive, which has fuelled speculation that it will develop either a new Xbox 360 model with built-in Blu-ray drive or, more likely, create a new add-on drive.
It's such a shit console...
I'll stick with the PC, PS3 & Wii, since the xbox360 has died for the 4th time.
This is surely down to the Jasper that is scheduled to appear
This is long overdue. I hope they will soon have the Jasper internals and then I will fly straight into town and purchase a nice reliable Elite. Anyone know when the Jasper will hit our shores?
It's hardly a fire sale. The 360 came out November 2005, nearly two and a half years ago. I think it's about time that it had its first price cut, don't you, given that the PS3 has already had two?
XBox fire sale....