Microsoft slashes US Xbox 360 to sub-Wii price
The $200 Arcade
Microsoft will slice the price of the Xbox 360 in the US this Friday, making an entry-level version of its game console less expensive than a Nintendo Wii.
Microsoft confirmed today the Arcade model will retail for $200 beginning 5 September, which is down from its previous price of $280. The standard model will cost $300, down from $350, and the high-end Elite will sell for $400, down from $450.
This potentially puts a Xbox 360 into customer hands for less money than current leader in console sales, the Nintendo Wii, which retails for $250.
Microsoft seems to think breaking the $200 price barrier will do wonders for sales.
“History shows that more than 75 per cent of all consoles sales happen after the price falls below the $200 mark,” Microsoft wrote in the announcement. Rumors of the reduction were circulated when a promotional flyer from the US retail shop RadioShack was leaked to the net.
There's still no word yet whether UK customers will be enjoying a similar price cut. We'll take a cue from Microsoft and say history shows us not to hold our breath on that one.
At least Europe knows there's no relief from the UK PlayStation 3 price any time soon. Late August, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCCEE) said not to expect a PS3 price drop any time this year.
Correction to "[the Wii] has about as much power as an Xbox 1"
alex d states:
The Wii costs pennies to make. It's just one SoC. It has about as much power as an Xbox 1...
I beg to differ. My XBOX 1 was able to do 720p and 1080i on several games. So I contend the Wii has much less power then the first generation XBOX. Your other comments are still relevant.
The Wii costs pennies to make. It's just one SoC. It has about as much power as an Xbox 1, from seven (7!!) years ago. And costs now as much as the xbox 1 did back then!!! HAHAHA. Nintendo is rolling in dough.
"Produce one game every 5 years" is what I want to say to that. It's not much of an argument to sway you one way or the other, no matter how pretty (in stills; the framerate is painful) Shadow Of The Colossus was.
RE: Boring comments
I mean seconded.
In other news, I'd also like to call for a moratorium on the use of the popular (but shit) spelling of the term "fanboi(s)".
Reasoning: It's shit and I hate it, and all who use it. :P
straight to the point
"Team ICO", thats all i want to say.