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360 Price Cut Official… Be Careful!

September 4, 2008 Leave a comment

Further illustrating Microsoft’s inability to keep anything quiet, the long-rumored price cut for the Xbox 360 has been formally announced.  You can read the press release here on Xbox.com

  • Arcade – $199 (From $279)
  • Pro – $299 (From $349)
  • Elite – $399 (From $449)

The drops are larger than I would have expected from Microsoft.  The drop on the Arcade (which comes with five games and a memory card) makes it the cheapest current-generation system available right now.  No doubt that now the mythical $200 dollar barrier has been breached, sales are going to rise this holiday season.

The one problem with this price drop is the Pro.  There are currently two Pro system packs available-the current 60gb and the clearanced 20gb.  Even though most 20gb systems have been sold already for reduced price, there are still some floating around in the retail ether.  If you’re planning on buying a Pro system, make sure you get a 60gb.  The  boxes look pretty similar and may lead to more casual purchasers not realizing there is a system superior to the 20gb for the same money.  Microsoft should have dropped the 20gb to $250 to help retail empty its supply and limit customer confusion.

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