Is MS pre empting Sony's PS3 rumoured price cut ?

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  • oceanmotion 27 Feb 2009 19:33:04 15,665 posts
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    I've been noticing today that Elites are suddenly all lower priced. Even Game is saying new lower price. I guess if the PS3 does drop in price the Elite will look rather worthless feature wise if it's quite close and in the PR world best not to be seen to react to what the competition does.
  • ronuds 27 Feb 2009 19:35:08 21,788 posts
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    PS3 isn't dropping now. They would have done so before KZ2 was released. Now they'd just piss people off if they did it.

    Maybe another month or two.
  • belta 27 Feb 2009 19:37:02 306 posts
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    it seems it's been ages since a ps3 price cut. the best deal i've seen is an 80gig with a game for 265 at grainger games
  • bad09 27 Feb 2009 19:37:40 5,643 posts
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    PS3 better not drop in price, I only bought one for Mrs bad09 at Christmas!!!!!

    Anyway cheers, nice to know the Elites are coming down may take a look. I need a bigger HDD (fed up of installing and uninstalling) but may go new 360 as my old launch machine is past her 3 year warranty!
  • uiruki 27 Feb 2009 19:37:42 3,662 posts
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    Bloody hell, 200 sovs for an Elite. My brother is in the market for a 360, as mine is dying slowly of a fucked up DVD drive - do these guys some in Jasper flavour nowadays?
  • oceanmotion 27 Feb 2009 19:44:04 15,665 posts
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    Most likely not. The Red Elite RE5 bundle do though.
  • Feanor 27 Feb 2009 19:51:36 14,063 posts
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    The Resi 5 Elite is a jasper, apparently.
  • phAge 27 Feb 2009 19:54:41 24,337 posts
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    Feanor wrote:
    The Resi 5 Elite is a jasper, apparently.
    Sounds like MS has got themself a deal, then. Gonna swap my current 360 for one of them there red ones.
  • Deleted user 27 February 2009 21:32:31
    ronuds wrote:
    PS3 isn't dropping now. They would have done so before KZ2 was released. Now they'd just piss people off if they did it.

    Maybe another month or two.

    I don't think Killzone 2 is a system seller really, and they'll always piss someone off. I'm guessing they'll announce it at GDC.
  • andijames 27 Feb 2009 21:59:59 2,695 posts
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    Guess the problem is whenever they do price cut the machine they're always gonna piss someone off who bought one a week earlier. There's a never a good time to do it but it will benefit some people.

    vivir el momento

  • andijames 27 Feb 2009 22:00:01 2,695 posts
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    Guess the problem is whenever they do price cut the machine they're always gonna piss someone off who bought one a week earlier. There's a never a good time to do it but it will benefit some people.

    vivir el momento

  • seasidebaz 27 Feb 2009 23:23:08 6,126 posts
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    Feanor wrote:
    The Resi 5 Elite is a jasper, apparently.
    Pot luck if it's Jasper or not according to reports.
  • morriss 27 Feb 2009 23:47:09 70,911 posts
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    phAge wrote:
    Feanor wrote:
    The Resi 5 Elite is a jasper, apparently.
    Sounds like MS has got themself a deal, then. Gonna swap my current 360 for one of them there red ones.
    :)
  • GreyBeard 28 Feb 2009 11:18:27 182 posts
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    Its a smart bit business by MS; first and foremost they get to pre-empt the price-cut that Sony is inevitably going to make, and as a bonus they get to clear channels of a SKU that's been selling very slowly since the last round of price-cuts. My understanding is that the Elite has been selling at sub-PS3 levels for quite a while now, whereas the Pro and particularly Arcade models have been absolutely flying off shelves.

    You have to hand it to MS, the way they are playing the game (business) this round is nothing short of masterful. Even the whole RRoD thing, which really should have derailed them, has been handled really well from a public standpoint. That said, they've been careful not to say exactly how much the extended warranty service has cost them by now - but again its smart business not to show any sign of weakness to the markets.
  • sanctusmortis 28 Feb 2009 17:57:01 9,627 posts
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    Rumour is in the US they want the Arcade at $129 (100 most likely here) by the holiday season (ie around September), so it's probable they'll re-price the full range. Apparently everyone industry-wise expects a 200 PS3 by Autumn.
  • Psychotext 28 Feb 2009 18:03:04 53,855 posts
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    seasidebaz wrote:
    Feanor wrote:
    The Resi 5 Elite is a jasper, apparently.
    Pot luck if it's Jasper or not according to reports.
    Which reports?
  • uiruki 28 Feb 2009 18:18:17 3,662 posts
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    Hmm, if the Arcade is only 130 quid - and it is supposed to be easy to tell which one is a Jasper - then the price difference probably isn't quite worth it.

    edit: as he already has a 20gb hard drive - of course, if he had been without any hard drive, one of those Resi Elites might have been a bit better.
  • gareth886 28 Feb 2009 18:40:56 2,841 posts
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    I reckon it'll be an Easter price drop for the PS3...just as Killzone related sales are slowing down and the kids are getting out for the Easter holidays.
  • spud4duty 28 Feb 2009 18:54:18 1 posts
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    are there any specials trade-in deals for upgrading to a red elite ?
  • belta 28 Feb 2009 19:17:13 306 posts
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    i've been holding out for ps3 for a while. but with an elite only costing 199 at my local grainger games, looks like i'm going back to the 360
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