If true - and it sure seems like it would be - that has pretty much made my decision for me. I'm not spending 400 freaking dollars on a game machine, especially when the Blu-Ray/HD-DVD war hasn't even started yet, let alone given a picture of which will come out on top.
So it'll be either 360 or Revolution for me unless the PS3 drops their price pretty quickly. Considering the Blu-Ray factor, that doesn't seem too likely.
As far as I'm concerned, this couldn't be better for Microsoft. They'll probably try to drop their system price when the PS3 comes out to make the gap even larger. For a lot of people, DVD is just something that has been discovered over the past 3-4 years or so...no one is going to want to jump up formats already at that high of a cost, even if it also plays games. Four hundred bucks is starting to creep up into 3DO territory.
Speculation is that Microsoft will set the price at $299 minimum (which is also at a loss for the company).
If that holds out, well I guess Sony is awfully confident, $100 difference is quite significant. I'm a PS2 owner, but if the price relationship between the two systems stays the same, I'm going to at least take a good long look at what X-Box has to offer. But I'm like you, in reality I'm going to have to wait for at least one round of price breaks if not more before moving up to the next-gen consoles.
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Originally posted by WhitebaconHas Microsoft announced what their price is going to be yet? If they have, I've missed it. Unless the Revolution is cheap ($200-250), I'm waiting for price breaks to buy these systems anyway.
I think it's pretty universally accepted that it's going to be $299, with a possible version coming with extra stuff (including a bigger hard drive) for a little more.
I'll probably wait too though. If they end up bringing out the PS3 6 months after the 360 like they are planning (I'll believe that when I see it), we'd probably see a price drop on the 360 around that time. I can wait 6 months.
One thing I forgot to mention is the possibility/likelihood that there may not be a way to "upgrade" the 360 to HD-DVD from DVD, at least for free. A few sites I've seen have said it'll be released with normal DVD, then down the road they'll start manufacturing them with HD-DVD drives when that format hits. That's a hang-up I have with the 360...unless they upgrade the drive for free, they're kind of screwing the early adopters.
They'll probably charge more for the X-Boxes shipping with HD-DVD and only charge you the difference between the two. Free upgrades seems like a poor business proposition. Unless Microsoft has something invested in getting the HD-DVD drive to be the winner in the format wars.
Either way, I know where my money is going. If the Revolution costs more than $200 I'd be shocked.
The story reminded me a little of the Sears knockoffs of the Atari 2600 way back when...having the actual Atari was kind of a "status" thing, but the Sears model was about $50 cheaper if I remember correctly.
Originally posted by CubsWooI don't think the American public is ready to pay $400 for a PS3, especially when the competition will probably be $200-250 when Sony launches. I know I'm not.
I agree with you for the most part, but weren't people selling PS2's on ebay for $500 when that first came out. I even seem to recall one going for $3000. I think most people will wait for a price drop, but there will be those who will pay any price to get the latest and greatest thing.
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