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Xbox 360 Elite: Now £199


Xbox 360 Elite: Now £199

Oh Microsoft, how thinly you veil your intentions. Barely a week since the PS3 Slim launch and the Xbox 360 Elite is seeing a price cut, to £199. Of course such reductions are hardly unwelcome, but nonetheless it would be ridiculous to think it doesn't make Microsoft seem just a little threatened by Sony's renewed offering.

The Xbox 360 Arcade price hike, to £159.99, is explained somewhat, too. The 60GB, Pro SKU is to be discontinued, leaving just the Arcade and Elite in the line-up - presumably the idea is to make the elite look even more appealing in comparison to its lesser companion.

The £30 drop on the Elite's MSRP puts it a not-insignificant £50 cheaper than the PS3 Slim. However, as a fair few retailers seem to be discounting the Slim by some £20 already the price difference (£30 maths-haters) will remain the same as before this reshuffle, assuming no retailers discount the Elite further.

The long and short of it: Both the Xbox 360 Elite and PlayStation 3 Slim will be available at very decent prices - go buy whichever suits you.




August 27, 2009, 3:41 pm

"The long and short of it: Both the Xbox 360 Elite and PlayStation 3 Slim will be available at very decent prices - go buy whichever suits you"

I think this is the most sense anyone has made regarding the consoles. I completely agree.

Both Microsofts and Sonys consoles are great prices now and I doubt there'll be anymore price moves for maybe years, unless MS or Sony update their hardware again in some way.

They're begininng to make the Wii look expensive now :D


August 27, 2009, 4:16 pm

I'm quite tempted by both the Elite and the PS3 now the prices are a bit more sensible. Does anyone know the comparative failure rates for both consoles?


August 27, 2009, 4:33 pm

Seams like a mistake to Hike the price for the Arcade 360, as it was available for a short time on some deals for around £100.

My 360 has been on life support, since a zombie version came back to me, after it failed for the 3/4th time - but surprisingly it not failed since i sat it on top of a notebook cooler(pluged in the usb port) over a year ago!

Nice console games wise but yeah odd moves in xbox land...


August 27, 2009, 4:47 pm

It's been rumoured for a while that the xbox will get a remodel. Wonder what's happening with that. For this Christmas would make sense but I'm not sure it'll happen now. October would be the right time frame, if it doesn't happen then, then it'll be when they do the natal stuff comes through.


August 27, 2009, 5:07 pm

I should sue Hugo :P. Here's what I said in the PS3 "size matters" thread:

"Lastly, The PS3 is cheaper. That's a good thing. It's great value. I honestly don't think anyone would be "disappointed" if they bought ANY of the current consoles out there."


August 27, 2009, 5:30 pm

Corzair, a quick google seems to suggest that the PS3 has a low failure rate, 1% to 10%, which compares fairly favourably to the 360's 54% to scarily much higher. MS say that in return for the 360 failure rate, they'll give you a very good warranty, so that's okay then.

Personally, I'd not entertain something I know, KNOW, is going to break. Really? Back when PS2's were at their height, I broke mine, phoned Sony, and literally, the very next day, there was a kind man at my door ready to do a swap out. Brilliant. My chum, who is on his fourth 360, waits and waits for each. Haven't heard of a PS3 failure amongst my mates yet, so can't comment on any recent warranty issues there.

Just a little extra, I have noticed that my PS3 makes a little bit more noise now that I've upgraded the HDD. Admittedly I plumped for the biggest fastest drive, so I guess it's causing some heating issues. Not that the PS3 gets hot, it just blows a little harder. If I could, I'd get SSD's, but my bank account laughs at that idea.


August 27, 2009, 6:03 pm

The price drop was always on the cards as I said on Sony-Announces-PlayStation-3-Slim. This round of cuts puts pressure on the Wii most of all. Nintendo's days of sitting pretty at the top of the console wars may coming to an end.


August 27, 2009, 6:27 pm

@Ruin Huh?

the 3 year warranty on the xbox360 certainly helped me but my my 3 years are up now.

But I bought the 360 in March 2006 when i new nothing of RRoD.

From personal experience i think the problem on the 360 is mainly a cooling issue. As stated its happy as larry so far on the cooler as it were, but i'm annoyed that i cannot pick up a cheap arcade if mi 360 fails. Which makes the ps3slim look tempting.

I dont really need 2 consoles tho and have a bluray drive in my pc...

My PS2 died years ago that put me right of sony at the time and my original xbox1 is still working now 4500 miles away - (young bro-in law)

If mi current console fails i'll still probably get a 360 - for all the great games on it that i have on that system...

MS strategy seams a tad odd - guess there proper move will be natal

Tim Sutton

August 27, 2009, 6:54 pm

@ Deb: I don't think that's the case at all. Nintendo are selling the Wii to people who don't care in the slightest how much the Xbox or PS cost because they don't want a cutting edge gaming machine, they want to play Wii Fit. It's a very different market.

I don't actually think the Wii is part of this generations "console war". If a gamer can only afford one system, it will almost certainly be either a 360 or a PS3. His parents/little sister/grandparents however will buy Wiis. And so will all their friends.

Nintendo will keep printing money and outselling the other systems even if Sony and Microsoft give their consoles away in cereal boxes.. all the price cuts really do is make it more likely that an existing PS3 owner will also buy a 360, and vice-versa.


August 27, 2009, 7:01 pm

@LordOfRuin - I'll put my hand up to be your first PS3 warranty story. Christmas Eve (Oh how that hurt) mine died a painful death over the period of an hour. Never found out what happened to it, but the day after I phoned Sony to report this (the day after boxing day, it was 11 months old at that point) there was a nice man with a pink box with a shiny new PS3 in it for me :)

Alex R

August 27, 2009, 7:11 pm

I wouldn't trust that 54% failure rate for the 360s as anywhere near accurate, due to the way that survey was conducted.

In terms of reliability, the PS3 has that advantage (should think the PS3 Slim will continue this); but the newer Jasper Xboxs (ie anyone you buy new in the shops now) are miles more reliable that the earlier models.

So now if buying new, it's as Hugo said; go buy whichever suits you


August 27, 2009, 7:19 pm

drdark - I've been saying that for aaaages, though.



August 27, 2009, 8:19 pm

@Tim - Yes, I agree, the Xbox360/PS3 are effectively fighting over the same market share - a slightly more hardcore market. What the Wii has done well, is open the console market to casual gamers, and those who wouldn't go near a games console before (and hence why MS have launched Natal, and Sony their own gesture system, to go after the same casual market).

The problem with the Wii is if you crave more substantial games (there are some out there, but not as many as on the Xbox/PS3) - which is why I sold my Wii a while back.

andre tropiq

August 27, 2009, 8:35 pm

I would add that the Wii is not designed for hardcore gamers and Wii players do not demand high standard graphics and thus, price decreases on the 360 will not effect the Wii - different market,different game play,you dig?


August 27, 2009, 10:15 pm

Would someone care to define a hardcore gamer for me? (I know I'm leading into trouble here...)


August 28, 2009, 2:22 am

@Hugo: I see you attacked the Wii in that thread! I do believe fisticuffs are in order!


August 28, 2009, 3:42 am

@Mik3yB - I totally agree yet I thought the Wii was expensive in comparison even before the price cuts. I went in Game and a Wii with 1 game, was around £199. Totally ridiculous considering the Wii is close to last gen Hardware, with games that must have a fraction the budget of say an AAA title such GTA4.

@drdark - The huge list of variables in games can be simplified by categorising gamers into hardcore and casual. So imagine a hardcore gamer as someone who plays games such as Gears of War, KZ2, counterstrike and WoW. These people also probably want to play on a good TV/PC with quality sound and spend a fair amount of time doing so - but not always. You don't see games such as the aforementioned with huge budgets appearing on the Wii. People who buy a Wii while not inferior in anyway of course would be classed as casual gamers.

How stereotypical of me


August 28, 2009, 5:28 pm

@J4cK1505: I knew you'd say something like that...


August 29, 2009, 9:02 pm

I've been waiting for your reply and I must admit I expected more heat. :D


August 30, 2009, 3:46 pm

@ Tim Sutton - Neither the PS3 or 360 can be called cutting edge any more. Maybe they were in 2005, but they're now starting to show their age.


September 3, 2009, 3:47 am

@J4cK1505: Ah, sorry for the lack of reply, but I just had a vision of the arguments going on and on into the distant future. ---in fact I just typed a paragraph then deleted it. Let's just agree to disagree :).

@smc8788: Um, PS3 wasn't even out till 2006(US), get your dates straight :P.

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