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The Xbox 360 Should Win this Console War

For a while, it has been said that Microsoft needs to find a way to attract more customers and bring more people on-board. The first step was to lower the price of the Xbox 360 all over the world to increase its value to consumers and finally make it an ideal solution for customers.

Just one day after writing that here on The Digital Home, Microsoft did just that. And according to its own internal figures, Xbox 360 sales over the weekend subsequent to its announcement of the price cut were six times higher than sales over the previous weekend.

From the beginning, the Xbox 360 had the kind of potential the other consoles simply didn't. Sure, the Wii is selling well and there's no sign of it slowing down, and finally the Playstation 3 is catching up to the rest of the pack, but Microsoft has an advantage aside from online gameplay now that it has taken the pricing lead from Nintendo.

The biggest barrier to entry for many consumers in the video game space is price. Because of that, millions of consumers needed to decide which console they prefer based on their budget. Since the Wii was released, those choosing with their wallets picked the Wii. But now, they can pick up the more powerful console at even more affordable price.

The Playstation 3 is an entirely different story altogether. That console is more costly than its competitors and has the kind of third-party support Nintendo could only dream of. But when it's compared to the Xbox 360, it is an over-priced behemoth that fails on too many levels to make it an attractive buy at the store.

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Jamie Foxx3267d ago (Edited 3267d ago )

i should rob a bank
i should buy a 360

should,should should..... what a crap article,IF PRICE DETERMINED THE CONSOLE WAR THE PS3 WOULD BE DEAD BY NOW, quality hardware,games and potential will determine who sells more

Jamie Foxx3267d ago (Edited 3267d ago )

ladies and gentlemen you have just now witnessed desperation at its finest

sonarus3267d ago (Edited 3267d ago )

hahaha exactly...lets not forget who owns cnet...thats the only explanation for this article. 360 sales continually decline but it doesn't matter cus they will win in the end LMFAO

http://www.amazon.com/gp/be...

PS3@ number 8 closest 360@ 37 LMFAO 360 FTW

This is EXACTLY what they said with EU price drop and they are last there now. 199 magical price point hahaha. @this price point consoles buy themselves lol

eagle213267d ago

The 360 is the most expensive console on the market. Consumers are not that stupid.

Le-mo3267d ago

Having the lowest price point don't mean you win the console war. Take a look at the previous generations, the Dreamcast and the Gamecube were the cheapest consoles on the market at the time and both sold the least. Of course reducing the price will attract more customers, but other factors have to be taken into consideration. For example, quality, games, and value. Hell if pricing was everything then the PS2 should still be selling loads of hardwares.

Sure the 360 is winning in the game department at the moment, but looking at future exclusives the PS3 will soon take that crown. Obviously the 360 doesn't have the hardware quality nor the value. And the Wii? Well...the Wii is the Wii. The damn thing sells itself.

On the other hand, it is really low of CNET to write such a flamebait article. Let the console war plays itself out.

JBaby3433267d ago (Edited 3267d ago )

Sales increase after a price drop and now the 360 will "win" the console war? I don't think the effect will last long enough to secure it a win. The PS3 has too much momentum and will only increase with the games coming out. The price drop also hasn't even brought sales close to the Wii so I don't think it will "win" anything for the 360.

At this point all consoles have a large enough install base that developers will not be turned away by lack of sales numbers so really the companies themselves are the only ones that care.

Also, the PS3 is not "failing" in anything.

Anton Chigurh3267d ago (Edited 3267d ago )

@ above

the xbox 360 got

1. best games
2. best online service
3. 3 year warranty if you have any problem

the ps3 got

1. free online
2. good games but the 360 got better

the xbox deserve to win in this generation for reasons I mentioned above and the achievement system is simply brilliant I like it and it gives more value to the game

@ Murk

"
360

best games-2007 stop living in the past "

by using your logic the games that released in 2007 were deleted or Wiped off the Face of the Earth in 2008 ????

ROFL

MURKERR3267d ago (Edited 3267d ago )

360

best games-2007 stop living in the past

3 year warranty-well hell yeh you all need it

best online- till home comes out

jmare3267d ago (Edited 3267d ago )

"the xbox 360 got

1. best games (Subjective. Based on opinion and personal tatses)
2. best online service (See above)
3. 3 year warranty if you have a problem (Change if to when)

the ps3 got

1. free online
2. good games but the 360 got better (Subjective. Based on opinion and personal tatses. Also, it's has)

the xbox deserve to win in this generation for reasons I mentioned above and the achievement system is simple brilliant I like it and it gives more value to the game (Subjective. Based on opinion and personal tatses.)"

Thanks for sharing.

ruibing3267d ago

This Don Reisinger guy makes nothing but flamebaits on CNET. He's always been pretty much anti-Sony/PS3 and anti-Apple.

mikeslemonade3267d ago

Why should a system that has primarily only shooters and with the worst reliability issues win this generation? Wait 2 years later and see how the 360 is really not that innovative and really nothing ground breaking, and also it isn't doing anything to expand audience besides price and the pathetic Rare 1st party developer.

eagle213267d ago

He defended Vista. The RROD. Pure fail. :)

Genesis53267d ago

The promblem the 360 faces is it's own reputation on the market. With all the news about it's hardware issues(and it's not just on gaming sites). It has been saddled with reputation that it's hardware is not reliable. Once your reputation is damaged like that, it's really hard to shake.

jaysquared3267d ago (Edited 3267d ago )

Funny you say that because the console that you root for(PS3) has a bunch of shooters as well.. MGS4, Warhawk, COD4, KZ2, Resistance 1 and 2.. And guess which console this generation has more RPG/JRPG?

And you guys keep talking about the realibility of the 360, which has gotten better and is covered by a 3 year warranty for RROD, but the original PS2 was probably as bad and Sony didn't do crap about the problem it had!

RemmM3267d ago

*puts on his flame suit*

CrazzyMan3267d ago (Edited 3267d ago )

There are only those, who can make BIG profit and who not.

I mean, come on, if 20 mln. people bough console, is that bad? 20 000 000 people.

About the price, don`t forget, that you get what you pay for. The Quality, the Brand name also COST.
Anyway, i wouldn`t mind to have a lower price for PS3 here in Europe.) I bet, pricecut will come in 2009.
Well, early adopters just pay more, because they can enjoy earlier.
Don`t worry, PS3 definitely will go to 299$/€ price.

p.s. PS3 is only 1,8 year on the market.

season0073267d ago

Whenever someone supporting PS3 brings up more diverse games library, Xbox360 supporters will bring up more JRPG

ALRIGHT, JRPG, is the current gen gaming consist of ONLY JRPG and T/FP Shooters? No! There are a lot of genres and if you guys are talking about things like xbox360 get RPG so it is more diverse, you fail...

Just think about games on the PS3, Eye of Judgment, The Last Guy, Echochrome, Everybody's Golf, Afrika, LBP..i can't even name them all, these exclusives show diversity, NOT JUST SHOOTER or RPG...if out of 10 genres , PS3 got 8, while Xbox360 got 6, PS3 win, I doesn't matter if the 8 do not include JRPG while the 6 genres Xbox360 got is with JRPG...

and yes i personally don't play much JRPG whatsoever...but i still respect it being one of the tastes in gaming, while all you so-called xbox360 supporters are ignoring other tastes provided by the PlayStation 3

iHEARTboobs3267d ago (Edited 3267d ago )

I liked you in No Country For Old Men, but you're not cutting it here, buddy.

"the xbox 360 got

1. best games
2. best online service
3. 3 year warranty if you have any problem "

1. Always subjective BUT i really like PS3's current lineup and their future lineup looks even better
2. Also subjective but i'm more than happy with my free PSN and i'm sure HOME wont hurt one bit
3. 3 year warranty because there is a problem

@Jaysquared
COD4 is multi-plat
MGS4 = Tactical Stealth Espionage, not a shooter (great game though)

Ateanboy3267d ago

OH PLEASE!!!

Everyone knows the PS3 is the more technologically superior of the two!

Is it a behemoth like the article said? HELL yea. The PS3 is a BEAST!!!

This guy is just an asshole... These losers at cnet.com ALWAYS say the same nonsense.

Well, you know what? MONEY TALKS!!!

If the PS3 is more expensive than the Xbox 360, that's just because it's a superior machine.

But me? I don't settle for mediocrity. If I don't have enough money to buy a PS3 this christmas, I'm going to wait and continue saving up my money until I DO have enough money for a PS3.

Because if I buy something, I wanna buy the best, NOT the next best thing.

I won't settle for mediocrity, I won't settle for an Xbox 360. Yall cheap sh*ts can buy as many Xbox 360s as yall want.

But I want the best gaming console on the market. And that console is the PS3.

bunbun7773267d ago

"but the original PS2 was probably as bad and Sony didn't do crap about the problem it had! "

Probably!!?? Were you playing games when the PS2 was out? Could you not afford to, or were you too busy? There was no where near the amount of failures on the PS2!! This insane thinking is the fuel for ridiculous, ignorant, and shallow presumptions- fanboy be gone!

cmrbe3267d ago

that some people think that 199 is the magic number that will automatically sell consoles to the masses. People seem to forget about GameCube which actually reached 199 before PS2 and yet it didn't win why?.

1. Game cube didn't have the 100 million PS1 fanbase to rely on.
2. Game Cube didn't have the PS games that the majority of gamers were waiting for.
3. Game Cube did not have a PS logo on it.

If you look at the x360. Its almost exactly the same as the game cube was last gen.

The Majority of PS2 owners are waiting for the right time to buy a PS3. When the PS3 hits 199 or 250 this gen with GOW3,FF13,GT5 as well as loads of other casual and niche market games are out. You will really see the PS3 sprint like boltz past competition just like the PS2 did last gen when it hit 199 with FF10,MGS2,GT3 out.

pumpkinpunker3267d ago (Edited 3267d ago )

That's why I bought one.

The PS3 is missing the best rpg of this console generation, Mass Effect. The PS3 is missing the best FPS of this console generation, Halo 3. The PS3 is missing the best third person shooter of this console generation, Gears of War. The PS3 is missing the best online service of this console generation, Xbox Live. Need I go on? Heck, if I owned a PS3 I would still be waiting to play Bioshock. It's unacceptable.

All the PS3 has is MGS4 and one game alone is just not worth it.

PS3 is over-priced garbage and the only reason this website is overrun by Sony fanboys is because they spent $400 on a blu-ray player and are prepared to defend their decision until death.

If I wanted a blu-ray player then I would do the smart thing and buy a $200 player on Amazon.

ukilnme3267d ago

@ Ateanboy

That is right, money talks and some people choose to buy the 360. The rest of your comment is completely subjective, just as mine will be. I have all three systems. By no means is the 360 a mediocre machine. There is no way you will be able to convince the millions that enjoy gaming on the 360 that they are settling for mediocrity.

iHEARTboobs3266d ago (Edited 3266d ago )

"PS3 is over-priced garbage and the only reason this website is overrun by Sony fanboys is because they spent $400 on a blu-ray player and are prepared to defend their decision until death.
If I wanted a blu-ray player then I would do the smart thing and buy a $200 player on Amazon. "

Overrun by Sony fanboys? Perhaps, but the 360 fanboys were out a lot more last year when it was "safer" for them. Now, it's mostly good news for the PS3 and all of a sudden they get quieter. My PS3 is a great Blu-ray player and gaming machine. If you think the PS3 ONLY has MGS4 then you're a fool. The PS3 has been outselling the 360 in the US and worldwide this year. Is it only because of Blu-ray and MGS4? HIGHLY doubt it. When I bought my PS3 i thought about the past, present and future. At the time it had some of the games i wanted to play and looking at past Playstations i knew there would be plenty more to play in the future. So i bought it and haven't regretted it one bit ever since.

waltercross3266d ago

How do you figure that all the PS3 has is MGS4?
Is this one of those "The PS3 has no games" comments?

How the heck do you explain the Hundreds of PS3 Games
currently available?, to me your comment sounds very
Fan boyish.

madmike3266d ago

the xbox360 and wii will win this war you started in third place and you will finish in third place play beyond

Freckler3266d ago (Edited 3266d ago )

The guy is right, 360 is the console to own. The PS3 is an utter failure in my eyes, because it hasn't lived up to what was promised pre-launch. I think Sony should have their a**es thoroughly sued for the bold face lies they told(and showed) about the PS3's "power".

@Pumpkinpunker
You are absolutely right, the 360 has better games and a helluva lot more of them.
PS3
http://www.metacritic.com/g...
360
http://www.metacritic.com/g...

I find it comically pathetic that anyone would disagree with you, while knowing that they lieing their a** off.

iHEARTboobs3266d ago

You're a moron, i wonder why i haven't placed you on the ignore list yet. Anyhow, of course the 360 has more games, IT WAS OUT A YEAR EARLIER! You think Sony should be sued because of the power you don't think the PS3 has? What power is that? Look at Uncharted, MGS4, Killzone 2, and Heavy Rain. You might not like them but they are certainly amazing to look at. So what power is lacking there? How about MS not getting sued for the RROD? People have been saying that they knew about their faulty hardware and still shipped it out. What about suing them? Oh that's ok though right? They gave you an extended warranty after a year or so, right? Lets overlook that.

http://videogames.yahoo.com...

tplarkin73266d ago

The article is an intelligent analysis of the current sales trends. We're not supposed talk about sales?

sumfood4u3266d ago (Edited 3266d ago )

A game they should really look into is this Bad~A$$ Videogame.
DragonBall Z FTW.

SL1M DADDY3266d ago

After turn 2 of 10 is pathetic. We have a few years left and as we know, this is not a sprint, it is a long haul and MS's smack talk reeks of silliness.

Liquid_Ocelot3266d ago

I laughed @ this like crazy, honestly

here we go, on my 1st day. lets hit the 2bubble mark xD

uie4rhig3266d ago

man.. im laughing soo hard currently, its proper hard writing this message lol.. this article = FAIL!!! those who say xbox 360 is gay = FAIL!!! those who say PS3 is gay = FAIL!!! those who say Wii is gay = FAIL!!!

same for those who x console should win = FAIL!!!

if its about should:
NOT 1 FVCKING CONSOLE SHOULD WIN, its not you life man.. tbh all console should finish of equally.. coz otherwise they owners of that console have payed for something for not a very big reason, if the owner is rich fine, i guess, but wot if its someone who can't afford a second console..

STOP WITH THIS FVCKING FANBOYISM AND GET A LIFE (for those who are actually fanboys)

its pathetic that some people see their console of choice as their gods!! FYI you aint getting 1 fvcking penny if your console of choice wins.. the only thing you will get is failing games that will get rushed .. while loosing more and more money..

if you love your console so much *in peter griffin's voice* why don't you marry it then *ends peter's voice*

and take away all my fvcking bubbles and give me a million disagree's, see how much I fvcking care..!!