Microsoft Strikes Back: Xbox 360 Elite from $399 to $299


The threat from Sony’s PS3 Slim seems to have galled Microsoft into action, for the Xbox 360 is set to receive a major price cut (for the Elite model at any rate) from $399 to $299.

The cut leaves the Xbox 360 Elite and the PS3 Slim on level ground (if we ignore the moderate technical edge the PS3 possesses), with both having very similar features, though the lack of BD capability or any shiny new design suggests Microsoft will be attempting to emphasise its larger library of titles even as it hacks away at the price of its notoriously shoddy console.


So far only US retailers have announced a cut, but presumably international price cuts will follow…

Via Hachimaki.

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    Comment by MeidoNiac
    19:58 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow.. no free RRoD gift..?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:10 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    xbox 360 for $299 and 54% failure rate. it's a steal.

    Comment by adolf moeler
    20:17 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    get the RRoD for only $299 now YAY

    Comment by J
    20:40 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    time to get a 360..

    Comment by EspadaKiller
    20:58 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Blah it's nothing much, $299 with a blu-ray player and wifi = win ^^

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    Comment by taishi tetora
    21:12 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    mmmm. . . . .sorry if my way to sayin .*cough* typing this . . .
    if microsoft cut price. . . does this mean they make the console not ROD again? ( 3RLoD . .or often i say "3LOL" for amuse myself )

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:38 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    God damn you fanboy faggots get annoying. Every single fucking time something like this gets posted you all post the same old shit and it really stopped being funny a long time ago. Just get both you poor faggots.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:24 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Am I the only human being on earth who never had a RROD with 2 Xbox 360 in the course of 3 years ?
    As for the PS3, while I enjoy a bunch of titles, the fact that it just blew on me the first day ( had to go gaijin smash at the BicCamera to have it changed ) was a real let down. And seriously, the guy who had the idea of making the PS3 controller L2/R2 triggers convex so that your fingers can easily slip should just die !

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:27 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    you're probably an exception. having a ps3 blow on you the first day is far fetched too. also, most people w/ errors could've possibly fixed it themselves by going into that debug mode, since well some of them were really just harddrive file system errors.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:58 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    From what I remember, it was an issue with the alimentation not being cooled enough, the PS3 would run for a while ( maybe 15 minutes when fully cooled ) then shutdown doing a bip and the power led flashing red.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:25 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh.... selling the Elite @ $299. Great.... now soccer moms won't know they bought their kid a 360 when the kid actually wanted a PS3 cuz well you know... they're both black.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:34 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    360 still suck anyway.Even if u give me 360 for a christmas present i wouldn't hesitate to trade it for a PS3.Why u ask?simple 4 word SUCK.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:55 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    will microsoft ever release a new model of xbox with blu ray compatible?

    Comment by Eisen Kreuz
    23:47 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Will not

    Because blue-ray media is sony's property ¬¬

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:45 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    this doesn't change the fact that is still going to most likely just ROD on you.

    Comment by The_Real_TRUE_GOD
    13:36 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck PS3 you cannot chip that fucking console, and plus, too few worth games !

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:47 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    that isn't valid anymore. Ps3 got more games now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:49 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only an asshole would buy a 360

    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    09:56 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, pay $300 instead of $400 for RROD-Chan? Ok...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:17 25/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    XBOX360 vs PS3 is gay fight...Who the fuck gives a shit what console you play...Or just use PC.....-.-

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:31 10/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is no such thing as an "Octo core" processor. There is quad core, then 8 core.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:17 10/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Heil PS3!

    Brandwunde und zerstört den ganzen xbox360s!

    Wir sind die höchste Rasse! Nur wir sind richtig, jeder ist sonst ein Lügner!

    Heil PS3!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:19 09/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Does this site even attempt to hide it's bias for Sony anymore or what?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:08 08/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd rip the stuff off the girl, make her say 'chu' and give her some new clothes.

    The X-box goes to the nearest pawnshop of course.

    Comment by Ex-Otaku-V3
    17:45 27/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ps3 slim owned!

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    Comment by choppy
    05:31 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    How is the 360 shoddy?

    Comment by lolimon
    23:52 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    technical edge ? LMAO that's a good one

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    Comment by kappuccinoo
    00:45 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    weird for some reason we were told the cut price wouldn't occur until the PRO bundles were nearly or completely out of stock. I was also told that they removed the HDMI cable from the elite now. Not like it was a "deal breaker", but it was nice to have that extra item in there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:51 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well good for them. I like to see lively competition.
    I have pointed this out before, but I find discussions of gaming consoles to be a lot like idiotic discussions(arguments) about cars. Hasn't anyone heard the expression, "to each his own"? I don't owe allegiance to any particular console. Personally, seeing I like the games on many different systems, I just own all of them equally.

    I think Yahtzee said it best when he stated, "Fans are clingy complaining dipshits who will never ever be grateful for any concession you make."

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    Comment by ドラゴン
    04:21 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've given up on game consoles. Its been nothing but a bunch of faggotry for the last 3-4 years. Did the xbox and ps2 have even 1/10 of the bullshit this generation has had? Fuck it. I'm only playing on my pc and old ps2.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:44 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree. It's been downhill. Ps2 was the last serious console. Then it became unlimited console works, with Nintendo not caring about anything pretty much.

    Comment by Gradation
    04:46 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So much for the Ps3 making a come back in the US.

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    02:59 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Instead of having a price drop, why not invent a xbox that wont have a RROD... theyd make shit loads of sales

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:04 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I own a 360 myself and since it hasn't been a year since Christmas yet, mine hasn't broken. Somehow, though, I still can't shake the thoughts of, "Nice try, Microsoft."

    Comment by Holy Anon Batman
    03:52 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I had owned a launch system that just died a few weeks ago. Replaced with a Jasper unit and I am very happy, I have never had a console get so much use in a 3 year period... My PS3 collects dust but I can't bring myself to sell it again (this is my second), since the few exclusives it has are worth keeping the system for.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:10 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm confused as to why a simple redesign of the ps3 is seen as an xbox killer. Historically, redesigns haven't really done a heck of a lot for sales, but have worked wonders in manufacturing cost.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:07 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thia generation of consoles has been the WORST.

    I refuse to buy any of them.

    I will emulate the 360/PS3 JRPGs in 10 years on my 100GHz netbook.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:23 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    haha LOL! Good luck with the money to buy one...

    LMAO! XD

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    Comment by maga
    14:16 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Refuse? Don't you mean can't afford?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:53 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, the Wii isn't that bad, though its capabilities are pretty much last generation. But I agree about the 360/PS3. Most of the games I want to play are available on PC anyway.

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    Comment by maga
    13:57 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Still way to much for something that'll just end up being a paperweight or door stopper.

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    Comment by knuclear200x
    14:08 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow a cheaper RROD! THATS AWESOME! Waitaminnit. thats not a deal at all. It's a great big phony! A big fat PHONY!

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    Comment by Peter Barton
    14:30 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But don't you realize that the RROD is a game in itself?

    Think about it, when people buy a console, they have a tendency that the console will work for years without any sort of problem, never caring for the console because of it. It becomes just another part of the scenery until the next console comes out.

    Microsoft had perfected a way to entertain people with the console for years to come with the RROD feature. It's like throwing a frisbee into a minefield. You are entertained because you are playing with the frisbee, which is a game.

    However, you are also presented with a second game which always makes you cautious of your surroundings, trying not to take a wrong stop and having your leg blown off.

    Microsoft essentially made the RROD mine game start the moment you purchase your Xbox 360. Inspecting the outside contents of each 360, trying to find that perfect console that will not crap out on you. However, this is as effective as trying to find the special figure contained in a black box mixed with other nonspecial figures.

    Next, as you play with your 360, you are always on your toes, hoping that the console will not die on you. As you push the power button, your eyes widen, hoping that three flashing red lights will not show its face. As the console boots up without a hitch, you sigh in relief, knowing you beaten the game that round.

    However, you can't win forever, and will lose in this game as you become careless. When that happens, your penalty comes into play, forcing you to send in your console for another, waiting from two weeks to a month. Once your new console comes in, the game starts over.

    Microsoft had only created the best prepackaged game to ever come in a console since the Nintendo Entertainment System's 72-pin connector game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:46 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The 360 could get a RROD without ever needing to play a game on it. You know, a regular 'turn on shut off' method. That's no game, that's a joke. Bill Gates is a great comedian.

    And how uses a frisbee anymore, or has one and a minefield to use for the lulz at the same time?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:59 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    talk about a mind fcuk.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:26 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I say let the companies flame themselves, seems to work out well for us.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:30 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    hmmm now im not sure if i should get this or the ps3 slim on the same price ><

    advice, anyone?

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    Comment by Peter Barton
    13:55 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Okay, to help out with your decision making, I'll give you hand. There is a secret method of decision making that has been passed down in my family for generations. I feel that I shall let you in on this magnificent secret, as it will project you into a better life.

    First, you need a coin, any kind will work. As long as the the two sides are different, you're fine.

    Secondly, go out into an open field as it allows much more freedom than being cooped up in a room when accomplishing this.

    Designate one side being for choice A and choice B. For example, let's say side 1 is for buying the Xbox, and side 2 is for buying the PS3.

    Once out in an open area and each side now having a specific decision, place the coin at the end of your thumb, then flip it into the air. Carefully send mental beams of energy into the coin, as it's the only way to have it connect truly to your heart.

    As the coin lands on the ground, quietly sneak up to the coin and see which side it landed on. If you happen to sneak up it too fast or too loudly, it will disturb the spirits residing inside the coin, making all your progress moot.

    Now here is the most important step, and if you happen to mess this up, your life will be engulfed in danger, and could lead to a very violent, painful, excruciating, embarrassing death. Take note of which side it landed on, for example, let's say choice A landed up, facing you. Now, do the opposite!

    And there you have it, the most perfect way at making a choice. Now, remember that this method can only be accomplished with two choices at a time. Adding any more choices could disrupt the balance of nature and space and time. Easiest way to describe what would happen if you added another choice is to think of what would happen if you divided by zero.

    Good luck, my brother!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:23 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or the better method is to cost it up with the price you have to pay for wireless, subscriptions, accessories... And actually games you want to play.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:15 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Best comment i ever heard! I shall copy and paste spread thruout the internet and cite ur name!

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    Comment by Peter Barton
    14:00 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whoops, forgot to mention that you have to be playing this song in order for it to work
    Silly me.

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    Comment by Artefact

    I'm quite glad you post here.

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    Comment by Peter Barton
    17:37 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd just watch Clerks if I wanted to see people talk about that.

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    Comment by Peter Barton
    14:12 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Happy to provide a smile. Allow me to make a toast for your approval of me posting here, and to one day in the near future I'll have something for you to post during a slow news day. What it is, I can not say, but you'll find out eventually.

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    Comment by Tex Arcana
    15:10 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Man fellates self; kittens"

    I can see it now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:59 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    excellent! i am now on the way to purchase a ps3 slim =D

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    Comment by 13k
    14:10 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Excellent method. Thanks for sharing, the rest of my life is set now. All i have to do is slowly cut down - by way of elimination - the choices i have to make to just 2.

    And i have to remember ALWAYS that life will FCUK you up, so act on the opposite side of the coin.

    I shall pass on this gem of information to my (future) children, and if i'm lucky enough, to the children of my children.

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    Comment by 13k
    20:00 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I sure hope you're not looking up to the stooges to be your role models in life -_____-

    The 'eenie meenie miney mo' method is predictable and can be manipulated depending on where you start.

    Coin throwing is pretty much random, if you throw it high enough.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:42 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What the fuck is wrong with eenie meenie miney mo? The stooges used it and that's good enough for me.

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    Comment by 13k
    14:11 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    P.S Also, Chopin is the master.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:13 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    a master among masters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:34 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Listen to your heart
    When it's calling for you
    Listen to your heart
    There is nothing else you can do
    I don't know where you're going and I don't know why
    But listen to your heart
    Before... you tell him goodbye

    cookies to you if you know the song

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:47 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know that song, it's "Listen to Your Heart" by DHT.

    I was supposed to buy a PS3 bec. of the price cut, now I think I have to change my mind.

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    Comment by Forlourned
    21:39 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I suggest you buy one of those Fat PS3 with an extra game inside if you can find one or if you want to install linux in it.

    Get more bang with your buck if you went that route.

    The only real difference with the Slim is that it has the capacity to decode some audio formats that the Fat can not.

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    Comment by 13k
    13:38 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd say half of the visitors to the site weren't born yet at the time the song came out.

    Though they may have heard of it, since the band did gain some measure of popularity right up until the end of the 90's.

    P.S it doesn't help in the decision making though :D

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    Comment by Peter Barton
    13:37 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    God dammit, I had to hear this song at work hundreds of times, and now it was finally gone, until now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:38 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i know! its the song by roxette (:

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