Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Xbox360 price cut coming July 13

If you would have noticed, there was a lot of hype during the previous weeks regarding an Xbox360 price cut- and this all true.The price would drop to $299.99 on Sunday, July 13. Not coincidentally, E3 kicks off the next day with--you guessed it--Microsoft's press conference.

As Sony's PlayStation 3 has come on strong in recent months, sales of the Xbox 360 have been flat, so a price drop seemed likely. The success of MGS4 continues to give the PS3 a boost, but chances are Sony, too, will have to trim the price of its console before the holiday buying season.All that said, the big question remains whether Microsoft will announce any new configurations of the Xbox 360. Rumor has it, the company is just using the price drop to clear out inventory of the 20GB Premium before it brings out a new 60GB version. There's no word on whether the Xbox360 Elite or the Arcade (no hard drive) will also get $50 snips or whether a flagship model with a built-in Blu-ray drive is really in the works.

Personally, I'd like to see Microsoft get rid of the useless Arcade and reduce the number of Xbox 360 choices down to two to avoid confusing consumers.

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