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Signs of an Xbox 360 price-drop spotted

Games round-up Playstation 3 most pre-ordered console ever
Mon Feb 19 2007, 09:47
IT' BEEN A quiet week in the games world. But while some stores were demonstrating Playstation 3s with Xbox 360s, others were selling consoles at knock down prices.

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An eagled-eyed reader sent us information that the 360 was being sold for a knock-down price - Premium consoles were being advertised at Core prices.

Makro is advertising Premium Xbox 360 packs for only £199 - the previous price of Core machines, which come without the hard-drive/wireless pad.

Thanks to Paul Coyle for scanning the image and providing it to us.


As Paul suggested, considering Makro is a large wholesaler any Xbox 360 price cut would probably be seen by one of these companies first.

No other group seems to be offloading stock at this price yet, but it will be interesting to see if this is a simple one-off move by a large wholesaler to bring in the punters, or an unofficial price-cut from Microsoft.

This comes days after Steve Balmer hinted at price cuts in an interview with The Seattle Times.

"I think every console in the world has had a price decrease sometime in the first few years. I don't know whether we'll have a price decrease in the first few years, and I don't want to comment on that, but I will highlight for you that every console has had a price decrease in the first few years", said Balmer.

Guitar Hero II will boast "more online content than anyone has ever seen in a game to this date," associate producer Ted Lange has boasted, referring to the downloadable add-ons for Xbox Live Arcade set to be offered after the game's release, report Eurogamer.

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars will be released for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, despite its delay for the PC, Activision have announced.

Sony's offering will be developed by Z-Axis, the team behind the X-men: The Official Game; whilst Microsoft's version will be handled by Nerve Software, who has previously worked on Return to Castle Wolfenstein.

Fancy racking up a few Xbox Live achievements but don't fancy the work? Try Xbox Xbot, with full instructions of how to make your own, but anyone wanting such a device is probably too lazy to build it in the first place.

PS3/PSP is reporting that the Playstation 3 is the most pre-ordered console yet.

Online retailer is taking six times more pre-orders than it received for PlayStation 3 than Xbox 360 - and 15 times more than the Nintendo Wii.

Despite this huge uptake of the new console, Play has pledged to deliver all pre-ordered PS3 units on launch day.

Play also unveiled a sizeable PS3 bundle, guaranteed for delivery on the console's 23rd launch date. The bundle consists of the console, three games (the excellent MotorStorm, the nearly excellent Resistance: Fall of Man and, er, Genji) and a free HDMI cable for an all-in price of £524.99.

Sony announced this week that the first 500,000 people to sign up to its free PS3 online service would get a Blu-ray copy of Casino Royale to play on their brand-spanking new console. Nice.

Sony also insisted that all 30 of the games lined up for the Playstation 3 launch will arrive on day one, despite the suggestion that releases will be staggered. The entire list can be found here, courtesy of Eurogamer.

Worse news for Sony came from within the company. SCE UK commercial director Jowett Kevin Jowett quit - just five weeks from the launch of the Playstation 3 in his home territory, report MCV. The news will undoubtedly be seen as a blow to Sony, and may disrupt sensitive negotiations that are already underway with retailers over the launch of PS3. His departure has already shocked senior execs on the UK High Street, with one leading games buyer telling MCV: "The timing is absolutely incredible".

Speaking to Dean Takahashi during D.I.C.E., the president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America revealed he anticipates the Nintendo Wii will surpass the installed base of the Xbox 360 if the current sales rate continues.

"The question is when," Reggie Fils-Aime said. "That's going to be driven by our own sales rate and getting good software released at the right time. It's clear they are slowing down. It's not unthinkable to see that next year we could surpass their installed base."

Good news for DS owners comes from an unlikely source - Microsoft. "A Kameo or a Viva Pinata on a DS makes a lot of sense in a lot of ways from a franchise perspective," Shane Kim, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Game Studios , told 1UP last week at the DICE Summit in Las Vegas.

Microsoft releasing games for a Nintendo handheld may finally put rumours of an Xbox handheld to rest.

Joystiq talk M-rated games from Capcom on the Wii, with Capcom stating that there may be more on the way, but dependent on the success of Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles.

Enjoy Nintendo but like cake more? Get the best of both worlds.

Alternatively if you don't like stuffing your cakehole with, er, cake, you may wish to stuff your PC with a Wii.

This may be the healthier option if you really wish to play Super Mario with your feet.

Fed up with all these different consoles, try the Gamespower 50, reviewed by Dr. Ashen. Ace... µ

See also
Find a PS3 and receive $1200 from Sony
Not many PS3s heading for Europe
Wii wins round one of console war
Wii hacked to play backups


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