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The 7 - Video Games - X-Box 360 priced low... if you're Bill Gates, that is.
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#1 Posted on 18.8.05 1200.50
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-0508180194aug18,1,325075.story?coll=chi-business-hed

Don't these people know that every kid's gonna want to have these systems for christmas and the parents are gonna have to mortgage their homes to get them.

The good thing is that you can buy the cheaper one for $299. but really, who's gonna get THAT one.
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#2 Posted on 18.8.05 1205.16
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Eh, standard-issue launch pricing for anyone that isn't Nintendo. It's going to sell anyway.
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#3 Posted on 18.8.05 1230.03
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    Originally posted by Cerebus
    The good thing is that you can buy the cheaper one for $299. but really, who's gonna get THAT one.


I think that's totally there so that they can have circulars hyping the XBox for under $300 to draw parents into the stores. The problem is that MS has stated they don't expect to sell as many of that package, so it won't be shipped as heavily. Meaning that parents will go looking for the minimal version, find it out of stock, and because they can't NOT get little Timmy a new-fangled X-Box, they have to pony up for the bigger version. This totally reeks of bait and switch. (Plus, it gives them leverage for being cheaper than the alleged PS3 price.)
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#4 Posted on 18.8.05 2317.38
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    Originally posted by EddieBurkett
      Originally posted by Cerebus
      The good thing is that you can buy the cheaper one for $299. but really, who's gonna get THAT one.


    I think that's totally there so that they can have circulars hyping the XBox for under $300 to draw parents into the stores. The problem is that MS has stated they don't expect to sell as many of that package, so it won't be shipped as heavily. Meaning that parents will go looking for the minimal version, find it out of stock, and because they can't NOT get little Timmy a new-fangled X-Box, they have to pony up for the bigger version. This totally reeks of bait and switch. (Plus, it gives them leverage for being cheaper than the alleged PS3 price.)


absolutely correct. its a bunch of crazy bull. To me I see no advantage on biting on one now for $400 as there is probably no advantage in price now to the PS3 (unless it hits $500). I'll just wait for that.

Plus, if the rumors are true I'm willing to bet the HD-DVD version of the 360 launches when the PS3 launches, because launching so early the 360 is already technologically behind. Also they're probably drop the price of the original 360s so they can say "look! we're cheaper than Sony!" even though the HD will probably be $400. Shifty, and smart, but I'm not a fan.
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#5 Posted on 19.8.05 1138.49
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I don't think MS would release 360 at this price if there was any indication Sony would be able to hit a $399 price point. And I think Sony's painted themself into a corner with everything they've crammed in there, and there's no way they'll be able to release the PS3 for any less than $499 without taking a HUGE hit on the hardware.

I really don't have a problem with the two price points. What I DO have a problem with is that they've been implying since E3 that the Premium Pack was going to come in at $299. In hindsight, it makes sense that there's no way they'd actually be able to do that, but when they're hyping wireless controllers, a HD, and everything else, and then confidently state that it will be around 300 bucks, well that stinks of bait-and-switch to me.

That said, I know there are people that have no use for the HD and have no plans to go online, so it's nice that they have the lower price point for those that won't utilize those items. I think the doom-and-gloom of "no developers are going to utilize the HD" is a little premature.

Here's what you get for the two price points:

Xbox 360 Core System - $299 (299 Euros, 209 GBP)
•Xbox 360 console
•Wired controller
•Detachable faceplate
•Xbox Live Silver membership
•Standard AV cables

Xbox 360 - $399 (399 Euros, 279 GBP)
•Xbox 360 console
•20GB detachable hard drive
•Wireless controller
•Wireless Xbox Live headset
•High-definition AV cables
•Ethernet cable
•Xbox 360 Media Remote Control (limited time)
•Detachable faceplate
•Xbox Live Silver membership

And a brochure with the accessories has been leaked, and you can see that here (planetxbox360.com). The wired controller works with XP PC's, which is pretty cool.
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#6 Posted on 20.8.05 0020.08
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#7 Posted on 22.8.05 1347.20
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With the price drop to coincide with the PS3 release inevitable I'm not too worried about paying too much.

I also like how the Sony will taking a larger than normal loss because of their stubborn insistence to make another all in one media center. The PSX failed and the PSP is barely using these functions.

Makes you wish Nintendo would have a talk with them to remind them they're GAME systems.
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