New price cuts upend console value landscape
Now that the 360 and PS3 are $300, is the Wii the worst value in gaming?
Microsoft official confirmed the worst-kept secret in games: the Xbox 360 is receiving a price cut on its top-end Elite system starting Friday. In other words, the long list of
The Xbox 360 Pro, with its 60GB hard drive, will drop to $250 instead of $300, and will keep being sold until it vanishes off shelves. Kudos, by the way, to Microsoft for actually lowering the price on a soon-to-be-discontinued model, as opposed to the . The updates are official on the company's Web site.
This only makes the sound of that ticking clock over at Nintendo headquarters even louder. Will the
Now that the 360 and PS3 are cheaper, the landscape of gaming is shifting in terms of value. We, but it's also true in terms of the Wii. It can no longer be called a budget system by any stretch.
Realistically, Nintendo probably won't lower the price until one of its rivals makes its fully fledged system even cheaper than a Wii, and that's not likely to happen soon...or ever.
The other question is, has the PS3 leapfrogged the 360 in terms of console value, even with the new Elite price cuts? The Slim, has Blu-ray, and is already based on hardware that came out a year after the Xbox 360 hit store shelves. Meanwhile, the Xbox 360 has held the fort with a console that still lacks built-in Wi-Fi, a feature available on the Nintendo DS.
So, which is it...a $300 Xbox 360 Elite, a $300 PS3 Slim, or a $250 Wii?
Or, a $200 Xbox 360 Arcade?