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Edited By Brad

Scarcely a week after Sony's new, smaller PS3 and accompanying price drop hit the scene, Xbox spokesguy Major Nelson has the word that Microsoft is ready to play ball with its own drop to $299 for the Xbox 360 Elite. Please, try to contain your surprise. 
 

Well, yeah, actually, we did.
Well, yeah, actually, we did.
 
As you can see, the Pro model is on the way out, with only the hard drive-absent Arcade and the all-black Elite models remaining on shelves. Arcade stays $199, and Elite drops right in line with the PlayStation 3 at $299. (You can scoop up a Pro with 60gb hard drive for a pretty decent deal at $249 while they're still in stores.) 
 
Man, remember when $299 was the price of a console at launch? Yeah, I guess those days will never come again. At least things are getting interesting now: With both consoles sitting at the same price point and the same hard drive size, what will tip the scales? Xbox Live? The PS3's Blu-ray? Who will reign supreme? Two consoles enter, one console leaves!
 
Are either of these price drops going to influence your purchasing decisions anytime soon?
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#1  Edited By Brad

Scarcely a week after Sony's new, smaller PS3 and accompanying price drop hit the scene, Xbox spokesguy Major Nelson has the word that Microsoft is ready to play ball with its own drop to $299 for the Xbox 360 Elite. Please, try to contain your surprise. 
 

Well, yeah, actually, we did.
Well, yeah, actually, we did.
 
As you can see, the Pro model is on the way out, with only the hard drive-absent Arcade and the all-black Elite models remaining on shelves. Arcade stays $199, and Elite drops right in line with the PlayStation 3 at $299. (You can scoop up a Pro with 60gb hard drive for a pretty decent deal at $249 while they're still in stores.) 
 
Man, remember when $299 was the price of a console at launch? Yeah, I guess those days will never come again. At least things are getting interesting now: With both consoles sitting at the same price point and the same hard drive size, what will tip the scales? Xbox Live? The PS3's Blu-ray? Who will reign supreme? Two consoles enter, one console leaves!
 
Are either of these price drops going to influence your purchasing decisions anytime soon?
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#2  Edited By Player1

Well good news for anyone looking to buy a 360.  
 
As you said, not much of a surprise. 

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#3  Edited By rjayb89

I might buy another 360.  Got a dead 360 and BC PS3.

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#4  Edited By chililili

Seems nice but it would be best if they replaced the arcade with the pro too. Now if you get a fully upgraded arcade it costs more thant he elite

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#5  Edited By MrKlorox

Yep. Gonna get a cheap 360 HDD out of all this, and maybe a PS3 later this year. Depends on what games actually drop this fall.
 
I still wish they'd chosen to drop the arcade. Dependency on HDD could mean large games that don't need to be built around the idea of disc swapping.

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#6  Edited By joey2683

Hmmmm.
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#7  Edited By Sherlock_Pwnz

Irritatingly enough, the price of the arcade has gone up in europe. I was gonna buy one due my current 360 having tanked and gone out of warranty. 
 
Arse.

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#8  Edited By zombie2011

A 60GB at the same price as the Wii and the PSP Go, now thats a fucking deal right there.

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#9  Edited By Reuben

One thing to mention, The new Elite will not come with HD cables. Just composite.

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#10  Edited By OroYoke

Here is my big question.  Windows 7 is due in October, what if it were to flop just like Vista?  Will Microsoft continue to do price drops on their xbox 360s?

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#11  Edited By delta_ass

Nope, I'm never buying a console until they have keyboard and mouse support and allow mods for games.

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#12  Edited By halberdierv2
wow, the shock of  the announcement is overwhelming.
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#13  Edited By ZmillA

Well now I can say pretty confidently that I will get a ps3 at some point, before I wasn't so certain

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#14  Edited By OroYoke
@Delta_Ass:  Wouldnt that be considered a PC if consoles were to go that route?
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#15  Edited By jakob187

Well, Brad, you bring up an interesting question:  which will reign supreme?  I think that the redesigning of the PS3, as well as what feels like a whole new launch for their product, is a great motivator for those who haven't gotten one.  The $299 price tag is proper and feels right, the product looks smoother, Sony proves time and time again that they are the forerunners for mixing together gaming and media capabilities, and obviously the price tag makes the conversion to Blu-ray a bit more sensical now.  HOWEVER, the PS3 doesn't support backward-compatibility...which is a MAJOR issue to me.  Part of the reason you dropped for a PS2 was to play your PS1 games still.  It was a HUGE selling point.  Meanwhile, I would want to play my PS2 games on my PS3.  This will be a drawback. 
 
Nonetheless, the 360 features limited BC and no Blu-ray player.  However, they have Xbox Live, which is the real selling point.  Sony's online "infrastructure" (read: lack thereof) just can't hold up to Xbox Live, and it's what has made the 360 a forerunner over Sony's console.  People want to play online, and Microsoft knows how to do that well.  While it does cost to get Xbox Live Gold, it's a cheap asking price ($50 for 13 months), and all the features it offers is IMMENSE!  Plus, how many times have we honestly ever had Xbox Live just flat-out go dead?  We have one friend's list for everything, we have Netflix parties, we have Facebook and Twitter on the way, we have Gamerscore, we have integrated voice chat for all games...I mean, it's a great package. 
 
Firmware 3.0 for the PS3 is really going to be the make-or-break for Sony at the moment.  They've brought the console down, and it feels like they are finally LAUNCHING the console with this 3.0 update.  However, is it too late in the game?  Well, Sony did say that they've got a box that could last them 10 years easily...and I'm starting to believe it. 
 
All three consoles handle their own specific strengths incredibly well:  Sony and media, Microsoft and online, Wii and motion controls.  Therefore, with the newfound price points for two of the three consoles, as well as three years since the consoles hit the market...there's honestly no reason to not have all three at this point!

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#16  Edited By ververdan0226

*cries*... I'm gonna finally have to buy a 360 sometime in the future...

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#17  Edited By Afroman269

Can I unleash my surprise now Brad? Also this should make for an interesting holiday season....if you forget the Wii raping solely cus of  Wii Sports Resorts

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#18  Edited By crusader8463

meh, i already have one collecting dust.

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#19  Edited By RagingLion

Just fyi, but for those in the UK, while the elite has dropped in price, the arcade version has actually increased in price.  Yeah, seriously.

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#20  Edited By VisariLoyalist

meh

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#21  Edited By bekern

I don't understand why the elite was $400 in the first place heh, but good news for people wanting to get a 360.

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#22  Edited By Jolly_Lolly

I remember when I payed $420 (tax included) for a 20GB X360 Pro.... 
 
FUUUUUUUUUUUUU-

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#23  Edited By anamanaman

Good move for Microsoft. Now the 360 Arcade desperately needs the 20gb hard drive. Developers get screwed when people cant download their XboxLive Arcade games and other updates. Plus it would make things eventually faster for everyone since dev's could then take more advantage of hard drive caching.

PS3 Slim just arrived today (thanks amazon). My first PS3, however I think the 360 will still be my primary platform. 

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#24  Edited By dethfish

How many gigs is the HD on the Elite? My 20GB one is getting pretty full.

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#25  Edited By DukesT3

*gasp*

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#26  Edited By Systech

Pretty amazing that the Arcade system still exists.

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#27  Edited By monkeyman864
@Dethfish77: 120
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#28  Edited By jeffgoldblum
@zombie2011 said:
" A 60GB at the same price as the Wii and the PSP Go, now thats a fucking deal right there. "
No that just means the Wii and Go! are overpriced :/
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#29  Edited By WinterSnowblind
@Dethfish77 said:
" How many gigs is the HD on the Elite? My 20GB one is getting pretty full. "
120, but it's worth pointing out that the German Amazon site has just started listing a special Forza bundle with a 250gb HDD.
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#30  Edited By and333

To bad I already have one....PS3 Slim here I come! It is a good value tho.

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#31  Edited By OneEyedNinja7

Does this mean the standalone 120gb hard drive also gets a price drop?

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#32  Edited By destruktive

in norway you can barely get an arcade for $299 :|

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#33  Edited By Famov

The 360 and the PS3 at lower prices is a benefit to everyone, and I'm glad to see it happen.
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#34  Edited By stephengotlost

Sony: Aww, come on!

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#35  Edited By Mjolnir

 
The Pro I just got was from Dell and was a bit less than even the new listed price. About the best deal I could find on one that wasn't used.

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#36  Edited By kenzo287

Man I hope Nintendo follows suit and lowers the price of their console to $299...oh wait...never mind

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#37  Edited By mnzy

I don't like the way they are going. 
If you ask me, they should just have one 360, with an HDD and in white. 
 
I really don't get why they still keep the Arcade one alive, please explain it to me :F

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#38  Edited By phlegms

I feel a trade in coming on...

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#39  Edited By Zajtalan

microsoft is a bunch of scumbags

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#40  Edited By stenchlord

Giantbomb dudes, may want to take note that the Arcade console in the UK is actually going to be going UP in price.

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#41  Edited By bubahula
@Zajtalan said:
"microsoft is a bunch of scumbags "

your right,.. how dare they charge less... 
 
antways neither of these price drops affect me because ive already bought a 360
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I havent gotten either a ps3 or 360 so im missing out BADLY.... But i might get one now :O
Hope i get lucky
But now that their the same price....DAMIT now i have to make a choice...

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#43  Edited By akumous
@jakob187:  I just want to say one thing about the online for both consoles. Um, have you ever play games on the PS3? Both consoles have lag and both consoles online is competent...it just a matter of preference.  MS pioneered the online for console gaming and it has benefited them greatly since a lot of consumers thinks their online is superior. Sony online isn't too shabby and it is easy to make friends depending on the game.
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#44  Edited By ReFracture

I'm so cheap with game consoles, the PS3 was the only one I made an exception for. 
 
I didn't buy a PS2 until they were $80.
I didn't buy a Gamecube until they were $100
I didn't buy an xbox until it was about $119 or something like that
 
I made the jump and bought a PS3 at $400, and until the 360 drops to around $150 (and comes with a hard drive), I'm
just going to keep waiting. Not a whole lot of exclusives I want to play.

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#45  Edited By JJWeatherman

Since I already own a 360 I wont be buying another. But the PS3 looks more and more tempting. I'm not convinced I would play it a whole lot though.

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#46  Edited By christilton

The new price dropped elite doesn't come with any HD cables of any kind. I think this should be pointed out, and also the fact it is an extremely lame move by MS.

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#47  Edited By Crono
@bekern said:
" I don't understand why the elite was $400 in the first place..."
I second that.
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#48  Edited By mark2000

What good timing. I'm actually planning on buying a 360 sometime soon.

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#49  Edited By bigdaddyjack21

Gotta say if I was in the market for a system (I own both of em) I would have to go PS3 at this point with blu ray and free internet would win me over 

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#50  Edited By MordeaniisChaos

Has the Wii's price ever dropped? Or has it just not been something I've payed enough attention too to notice?