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PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 price drops will hit later this year - report

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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
Price drops weren't on the lips of any of the big three at this year's E3, but rumours persist that a PlayStation 3 price reduction is imminent, to be closely followed by a similar move by Microsoft.

A drop in the price of the PS3 is due this autumn, according to a source speaking to Ars Technica, predicting that once current stock of the 80GB hardware has sold through, the 160GB hard drive model will become prevalent.

Sony will then drop the price of the console towards the end of the year and launch a new PS3 Slim at around the same time. How big that price drop will be remains to be seen, but the company will no doubt hope consumers will react favourably to any step to narrow the price difference between it and the Xbox 360 Elite system.

As for Microsoft's strategy for 2009 - it could be set to do away with the 60GB Xbox 360 Pro entirely in favour for the Elite system.

With the company's shift to sell full retail games through Xbox Live and also films and other content via Zune video, a bigger hard drive as standard would be logical.

The source concluded some solid bundles will help shift remaining stock of the Pro Xbox 360, with a price cut in early September aiding sales of the 120GB version, then a further new bundle will hit retail around October.
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
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Only hard drive size holding back new 360 digital releases

Digital releases of Xbox 360 titles are only being held back due to the storage capacity of the console's hard drive, according to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter.

He also said that retailers will have no choice but to accept a service offering digital releases day-and-date with the High Street, as Microsoft's publishing partners are likely to back such a service.

"I don't see the timing between new release and digital download being a function of anything other than hard drive sizes," offered Pachter, speaking exclusively to GamesIndustry.biz. "I think as soon as we have large hard drives - think the rumoured Project Natal 'new' Xbox 360 with a terabyte of storage in 2010 - we'll have day-and-date downloads."

Microsoft is due to launch its Games On Demand service in August, but will initially limit the series to best-selling older titles including Crackdown and Assassin's Creed rather than new releases.

"I don't think that the publishers care at all if downloads are day-and-date, and in fact, my guess is that many publishers favour such a model. It's true that retail partners wouldn't like it, but it is not necessarily true that they would have much to say about it," added Pachter.

Suggestions that retailers may be unhappy to sell the hardware without software are off the mark, said Pachter, who highlighted Apple's iPod business as evidence of such a market being lucrative for both.

"I don't see how they could scream too loudly about day-and-date downloads, unless the price for the download was lower than the packaged product price," he offered. "I don't see any retailers refusing to sell iPods, even though all the content on an iPod is distributed digitally.

"Much in the same way, while retailers may baulk at the possibility of day-and-date downloads, I don't see too many refusing to carry Microsoft product in retaliation. Should a retailer boycott Microsoft, I think that the full force of the publishers would be brought to bear on that retailer, and they would find themselves starved for product."

Microsoft has promised around 30 titles for the launch of Games on Demand with new games added every week.
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saxo_appeal
Only hard drive size holding back new 360 digital releases

Digital releases of Xbox 360 titles are only being held back due to the storage capacity of the console's hard drive, according to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter.

He also said that retailers will have no choice but to accept a service offering digital releases day-and-date with the High Street, as Microsoft's publishing partners are likely to back such a service.

"I don't see the timing between new release and digital download being a function of anything other than hard drive sizes," offered Pachter, speaking exclusively to GamesIndustry.biz. "I think as soon as we have large hard drives - think the rumoured Project Natal 'new' Xbox 360 with a terabyte of storage in 2010 - we'll have day-and-date downloads."

Microsoft is due to launch its Games On Demand service in August, but will initially limit the series to best-selling older titles including Crackdown and Assassin's Creed rather than new releases.

"I don't think that the publishers care at all if downloads are day-and-date, and in fact, my guess is that many publishers favour such a model. It's true that retail partners wouldn't like it, but it is not necessarily true that they would have much to say about it," added Pachter.

Suggestions that retailers may be unhappy to sell the hardware without software are off the mark, said Pachter, who highlighted Apple's iPod business as evidence of such a market being lucrative for both.

"I don't see how they could scream too loudly about day-and-date downloads, unless the price for the download was lower than the packaged product price," he offered. "I don't see any retailers refusing to sell iPods, even though all the content on an iPod is distributed digitally.

"Much in the same way, while retailers may baulk at the possibility of day-and-date downloads, I don't see too many refusing to carry Microsoft product in retaliation. Should a retailer boycott Microsoft, I think that the full force of the publishers would be brought to bear on that retailer, and they would find themselves starved for product."

Microsoft has promised around 30 titles for the launch of Games on Demand with new games added every week.


Surely that is completely missing the point of having digital downloads. If they are going to be RRP, which muppet is going to pay that when you get no case and manual and cannot recoup any costs by selling it on? M$ would be stupid to do this
#3
Nice post Saxo..!
banned#4
seen it all before.

for us hukders. it'll mean nothing imho as we can get ps3's for sub £200 and 360 elites for £130 anyway if we're patient (what I paid anyway thanks to hukd).
#5
autolesbona
Surely that is completely missing the point of having digital downloads. If they are going to be RRP, which muppet is going to pay that when you get no case and manual and cannot recoup any costs by selling it on? M$ would be stupid to do this


thats the word on the street mate

guru_the
Nice post Saxo..!


cheers bud, looks like prices will be coming down...wonder how much by tho?

what do you think?

£199 for the Slimline PS3
£150 for the Elite 360
#6
That's not confirmed it's a rumour?
banned#7
saxo_appeal;5621395
thats the word on the street mate



cheers bud, looks like prices will be coming down...wonder how much by tho?

what do you think?

£199 for the Slimline PS3
£150 for the Elite 360

sounds good but as I said, they're cheaper on here if you're patient

paid £195 for my 80gb ps3 from amazon 6 months ago and paid £130 for my elite from littlewoods 3 months ago :thumbsup:
#8
saxo_appeal
Suggestions that retailers may be unhappy to sell the hardware without software are off the mark, said Pachter, who highlighted Apple's iPod business as evidence of such a market being lucrative for both.

"I don't see how they could scream too loudly about day-and-date downloads, unless the price for the download was lower than the packaged product price," he offered. "I don't see any retailers refusing to sell iPods, even though all the content on an iPod is distributed digitally.


BULL. With an iPod you can get the music cheaper than iTunes and use it with the iPod. You won't be able to do that with the games. I prefer to have the boxed game on CD anyway... Ugh. Not to mention the bandwidth that'l take up! Come on MS... Unless they retail new releases at £10-20, then it's going to be a shambles and I'll forever be playing CoD :P
banned#9
DragonChris;5622722
BULL. With an iPod you can get the music cheaper than iTunes and use it with the iPod. You won't be able to do that with the games. I prefer to have the boxed game on CD anyway... Ugh. Not to mention the bandwidth that'l take up! Come on MS... Unless they retail new releases at £10-20, then it's going to be a shambles and I'll forever be playing CoD :P

+1

would never dream of buying a download game as I generally sell packaged games for more than I paid originally (Thanks to hukd and fleabay!).
#10
autolesbona
Surely that is completely missing the point of having digital downloads. If they are going to be RRP, which muppet is going to pay that when you get no case and manual and cannot recoup any costs by selling it on? M$ would be stupid to do this


Yeah...cos Steam has been a massive flop :whistling: Steam games on release are RRP and only offset by their weekend specials.

Oh and the manuals are included and can be brought up on the screen which = no losing of manual or ripping pages.

Oh and you can't scratch the disc/lose it/lend it to a friend who never returns it.
banned#11
cristoff;5622789
Yeah...cos Steam has been a massive flop :whistling: Steam games on release are RRP and only offset by their weekend specials.

Oh and the manuals are included and can be brought up on the screen which = no losing of manual or ripping pages.

Oh and you can't scratch the disc/lose it/lend it to a friend who never returns it.

steam was a forced download on a captive audience (think half life 2) so hardly comparable

seriously, I dont think its a winner in the slightest to release on download only.

I certainly wouldnt participate and dont think i'd be alone. In the same way I'd never buy digital music via download (cos its free anyway lol)
#12
csiman
In the same way I'd never buy digital music via download (cos its free anyway lol)


Your opinion is invalid now. :w00t:
banned#13
cristoff;5622980
Your opinion is invalid now. :w00t:

gsoh? I guess not :whistling:
#14
Steam though is targetted at an audience who are used to downloading patches, mods, map packs etc and in general would be more accomodating of a digital download model. Most console users aren't . Also I was under the impression that Steam is generally cheaper than RRP. Also, the PC 2nd hand market is probably less than 1% of consoles.

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