Published on August 2nd, 2008 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder
Rumor: More Xbox 360 Price Cuts Coming Soon?
Apparently, the recent retailer fire sale of Xbox 360 20GBs sparked a bit of a flame for Microsoft. Everyone chalked up the price drop to the 60GB system replacing the 20GB, but a recent rumor suggests that may just be the tip of the iceberg.
Word from the rumor mole suggests that the 360 will see price drops across the 360 product line this September. We’re not talking minor drops here, but at least $50 drops on each model.
The prices are supposed to adjust to the following in early September:
- Arcade (no hard drive) to $199
- Pro (60GB) to $299
- Elite (120GB) to $399
While there’s nothing crazy about price drops, the crazy part is that each system is supposed to include a bundled game. In case you thought your eyes were deceiving you, you could theoretically pick up an Xbox 360 Arcade with a bundled game for less than the price of a Wii. That could take a bit of thunder from Nintendo’s money printing machine -not all of it mind you, but people interested in gaming could likely be persuaded into picking up a 360 if the Wii just so happens to be sold out (which it always seems to be).
But wait – there’s more! The mole also dropped hints that the Forza 2 Platinum Hits title will include all the DLC tracks that you can get over Xbox Live. That’s pretty unbeatable, if you ask me. It also gives room for those who haven’t played Forza to pick it up again.
The price drops bring a bit of heat to the PS3, who recently announced a new 80GB PS3 for $399. It’ll be interesting to see how Sony responds, considering the buy-in for the lowest priced 360 would be essentially half of what you’d need to get into a PS3. Now, of course the Arcade 360 doesn’t have a hard drive, built-in wireless, or Blu-Ray, but that won’t keep people who are only interested in gaming from picking up a 360 instead. I’m pretty sure a 40GB PS3 for $299 could only benefit us gamers…
Let’s hope this is a rumor that lives up to it’s end of the bargain. The worst thing that could happen is that the PS3 and Wii stay at their current prices, while the best thing is that both drop prices so as not to be low-balled by a cheap 360. This could be the best holiday of the current generation, with cheaper hardware across the board. That would be a start at growing the gaming population.
What do you think?
Mole attack: 360 price cuts on all hardware in September [ArsTechnica]