Microsoft cuts price of Xbox 360 Elite, kills Pro

By on August 27, 2009, 10:14 AM
Following an endless series of rumors, and Sony's introduction of the PlayStation 3 Slim at an all-time low of $300, Microsoft has finally confirmed it is too cutting the price of its high end Xbox 360 Elite. Starting Friday, the 120GB console will be lowered from $400 to $300, while the price for the 60GB Pro model should see a temporary $50 drop to $250.

The Xbox 360 Pro is no longer being produced, though, so once retailers sell through their entire stock that SKU will no longer be offered. Going forward, Microsoft will sell only the $299 Xbox 360 Elite and $199 Xbox 360 Arcade -- which no longer comes bundled with five games but has had its internal storage upped to 500MB.

Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg also confirmed that the Elite will no longer ship with an HDMI cable, supposedly to further cut costs, and denied rumors of an upcoming "slim" version of the console. Accessory pricing on products such as Wi-Fi adapters ($100) and hard drive add-ons ($40 to $120) will also stay constant.

So, a new phase in the console wars has just started. What's the best choice in your opinion -- the 120GB Xbox 360 Elite for $300 or a Blu-ray equipped PlayStation 3 for the same price and storage capacity?




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Guest said:

I think the Playstation is clearly the better choice at least for those who don't have a Blue-Ray player.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

But it doesn't have the games, Online play, out of the box with a microphone, and not everyone wants to pay for the blu-rays themselves, \i know Blu-ray looks better, but i'm quite happy playing games on my xbox with full 1080p games but only 480p dvd's. I would sacrifice blu-ray for good games anyday!

Guest said:

A PS3 is a no brainer.... ! who wants a X-Box dvd player riddled with failures that's unacceptable.

Blu-ray is the future, and it's a much more modern machine compared to the old technology X-box.

Staff
Jos Jos said:

Comparing both on a feature-by-feature basis, the PlayStation 3 Slim definitely comes out on top: Same HDD size, built-in Wi-Fi vs. $100 add-on, doubles as a Blu-ray player, has Bluetooth support, and offers free online play. It's also smaller, lighter and its hardware has proven to be more reliable (at least on the older model).

But of course the most important deciding factor will likely boil down to game selection, and many will agree that Microsoft has done a great job in this department.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Thank you, and actually, thats put in perspective very well, although the online should be noted, PS3's maybe free but is awful compared to xbox's.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

PS3 is the hands down winner.It always has been.

gobbybobby said:

Has to be the PS3, the 360 is cheap, but u end up paying loads for extras that take it over the price of the PS3. my 360 headsets keep breaking I am on my 3rd. My PS3 bluetooth headset (not the offical) has worked to this day for 2 years. U can add yer own HDD to the PS3, with the 360 u are stuck with the one u get unless u are willing to dish out on the overpriced 120G Hardrive.

While the xbox has a hole host of online features, it is unreliable and everytime I switch mine on I worry that its gonna Red ring. my 360s warrenty runs out next month, I may end up buying a new system, if u are a gaming franatic you will have both systems along with ur gamig PC and WII (like me) if u are just the casuel gamer or somebody who might play a game at the weekend or on a rainy day then the PS3 is the best value for money, u can use it as ur blueray player and stream media form PC just like with the 360.

I might buy an elite if the same kinda price cuts apply for the UK as well, I allready have a PS3, and becuase of the poor life expectency of the 360 could do with a new one!

AndrestheBean AndrestheBean said:

are you kidding?

have you guys ever played ps3 online?

its the crappiest **** on earth plus

the xbox has better games and better content.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

(shrugs) Save your XBox/PS3 pennies and buy a new video card for your PC to play the BEST games. You'll be much happier.

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

Everyone is going back and forward about which one is better. HELLO. This is a great time for anyone that doesnt own either to buy both as the price of one of these systems over a year and a half ago.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

TomSEA said:

(shrugs) Save your XBox/PS3 pennies and buy a new video card for your PC to play the BEST games. You'll be much happier.

But then they couldn't have these wonderful post of whos better and why.

Staff
Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

I'm a 360 owner, I even bought the HD DVD add-on a few months before the thing went dead (as in no longer supported, still works for readings DVDs). But if I was faced with the decision today I would probably pick up the PS3 Slim for the Blu-ray player and built-in Wi-Fi.

Game selection is relative on what you like to play, many A-list games are available for all consoles however.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

AndrestheBean said:

are you kidding?

have you guys ever played ps3 online?

its the crappiest **** on earth plus

the xbox has better games and better content.

You obviously haven't played the ps3 online. I rarely ever have any issues online. Sure, there are laggy servers out there, but when I encounter them it is easy to move on to a different server.

With the 360, you have to pray everytime you turn it on that it won't display an error or the rrod. Sorry, but you can't make me feel any different, as I've owned 3 360's and I'll never go back to them again. You get what you pay for and the xbox is crap.

Guest said:

Xbox 360 > PS3

=]

pwned

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I wouldn't pick a wifi device over a wire. I just hate wifi's performance. It's like a cranky old hub that shares its traffic with all the devices connected in a round robin fashion. I'd rather use a switch and a $2.00 patch cable and have 4x the performance and none of the dropped traffic.

As for Blue-ray vs. DVD, the story is the same but the price is better on the DVD. Just like music, the quality of songs on iTunes are technically inferior to CD's, but I can buy the one song on an album at a lower price. So that's what I do, and i get the same amount of enjoyment.

Give me more games, as good graphics, and a lower price - yeah, the Xbox 360 is the way to go.

yukka, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Please. I had a 360 for 3 years and 2 months before it red ringed. I never prayed about it because I knew I could get a replacement if it did go pop. My original PS1 didnt last as long as that - I had to turn it on its side to get games to play - look that up on wikipedia if you like.

Anyway, the graphics are better, the controllers are better with more buttons, there is more variation in the games.. wait a sec.. now im comparing the ps1 to the sega saturn..

Right now I would say the PS3 is better value - the wireless included, the ability to switch hard drives out and the inclusion of the blueray player. I still dont like the online as much as the 360s - the 360 does everything I want - I can chat on msn while im playing, my friends can contact me in games, invite me to party chats and all kinds while I play.. and the lag is non existant on the games I play. Very happy with that.

But maybe Microsoft do need to do something more. The extra costs for the hard drives are a bit of a joke. The wireless adaptor is expensive. They just increased the price of the arcade unit from 129.99 to 165.99 in the UK for some reason while dropping the price of the elite to 199.99. I can see that the price of the elite is just an extra 35 quid, and that is easily worth the money for the hard drive but its a funny way of going about it.

I might get a slim ps3 - I want to play the best version of ID Softwares Rage game - and they already said the 360 version would have lower resolution textures as they cant fit them all on DVDs compared to the PS3 Blueray. The new Drakes Fortune might be worth a look as if you believe the hype, the developer thinks they have got 100% performance from all the different chips in the PS3 finally, but they are a first party developer so they would say that.

Anyway, interesting price drop. Happy with my 360 and Batman at the moment. Wierd that the arcade unit in the uk has increased tho.

tengeta tengeta said:

Blu-Ray is the future, for DRM lovers and supporters that is.

kungfujoe kungfujoe said:

They dropped the HDMI cable to cut costs?? Although suckers can go to BestBuy and pay double digit prices for HDMI cables, good 6' HDMI cables regularly sell for $1-3 each. I can't imagine that not including one can be significant cost savings.

Twister123 Twister123 said:

Its a good price cut , but if it was 100 quid I wouldn't buy one , the 50% failure rate means theres a good chance it won't last more than a few year , my head would be melted anyway trying to get used to the control pad , I can't get my nat type setting of 3 to 1 or 2 is my only problem with ps3 .

Corwin613 said:

I always find that comparing the PS3 to the 360 is like trying to compare apples and oranges...

Blu-ray is a great feature (i can buy a blu-ray player for around 100$ now) heck its really great for those of us with HD tvs which a lot of people still haven't bought yet.....

Yeah 299$ is a great price for the slim model i may even buy one before the end of the year if I have the money

RRod with the 360 only worried my a little since i bought a warranty which i do with 90% of the electronics i buy....I NEVER buy a used console cuz you never know what was done to it

and if you had 3 RRoD then you obviously should of bought a warranty cuz i wouldn't buy the same console over and over again if that was the case unless you like forking over major cash

If and when i get the PS3 you can bet I will buy a warranty for it

currently waiting on my HD TV to die or develop a serious problem so I can replace it with a bigger/better one because Image burn (which shouldn't of happened in 18 months) is annoying me - warranties are very nice if you can get them in your area

Slim PS3 doesn't get a HDMI cable? sounds like printers not coming with the USB printer cable.... i think HDMI cables are more then 1-3$ each..... i paid like 20$ for mine..... course it was at best buy so it was probably more expensive then else where

Guest said:

A PS3 is a no brainer.... ! who wants a X-Box dvd player riddled with failures that's unacceptable.

Blu-ray is the future, and it's a much more modern machine compared to the old technology X-box.

only a typical sony fan would say something like that.

yes they had problem,s with the 360, YES they are fixed in the newer models (Jasper)

Blu-Ray is the future?? are you kidding? blu-ray is an overpriced toy that users will get absolutely no benefit from at all unless they have a TV that's a minimum size of around 47". because quite simply, I have compared DVD movies side by side, using the exact same equipment, right down to the exact same tv model, and then asked friends if they could honestly tell the difference between the DVD version of the movie & the Blu-Ray version. the results were that everyone had to really concentrate to tell the difference, it wasn't obvious at all, and some even guessed that the DVD was the blu-ray movie.

the huge difference and benefit cames when we connected to a 50" TV, then you could really tell the difference. so if Blu-ray is the only thing that PS3 has got going for it, then you may aswell buy a 360 & save your pennies for a decent blu-ray player for your TV.

the future of gaming is in online downloading & content & solid state drives and definitely NOT blu-ray.

siiix siiix said:

yes but xbox life is NOT free

i would never in a million years pay for something that i my self would be ashamed to sell, all they do is let you use your own network card, thats not a service thats a ripoff

the reason ps3 online experience is not as good is because the games are not made to have that good of an online experience

so in short PS3 is way ahead of xbox, but they both suck in the end for different reasons, and until they do i stick with a PC for my gaming

Twister123 Twister123 said:

Siiix Quote

the reason ps3 online experience is not as good is because the games are not made to have that good of an online experience

what do you mean ? I don't have any problems playing ps3 online ,and I played xbox online , not much difference . why is one better online than the other ?

Corwin613 said:

You can get online with the Xbox for free you just can't play online for free

Another point i thought of is that Microsoft was primarily a software company until they started with the xbox so if your buying hardware from a software company then you can't expect there to be problems with it....

Guest said:

Xbox all the way. PS3's game selection is straight up awful, the extra stuff it comes bundled with (Wi-Fi, Blu-Ray, etc) Is pure convenience. Blu-rays look incredible on a high def tv, but not all people care for that. Myself, I want my gaming console to play cool games with. Wi-Fi, well most serious online gamers would prefer an ethernet to wireless any day, but that of course is largely determined by the quality of your wireless router. And with the Xbox's new hardware, the red ring of death syndrome is largely eliminated, coupled with an intercooler I wouldnt even worry about it.

Go 360.

Guest said:

i am getting an xbox 360 elite in a few days. the reason i prefer the xbox 360 is becuase when i played it at freinds place, the graphics were amazing, you could play online and play older xbox games on it. a real money saver too.

comparison:

xbox 360 elite ps3

1.online gaming 1.online gaming

yes yes

but not very good

2.sky tv included

yes with

xbox live gold 2.sky tv included

NO

xbox 360 for life!!! the elite especially rules!!!!!!!!!

no offense to ps3 fans but ps3 online sucks compared to xbox 360.

hheemmpp said:

A PS3 appears to be a better deal then an xbox360, free internet access, blue ray etc..

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