Xbox 360 Elite sales increase amid $50 rebate offer

Sales for Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 Elite increased this week at a U.S. retailer following the availability of a $50 mail-in rebate for the product.

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GWAVE3218d ago

...but compared to the PS3's increase?

wxer3218d ago

im sure its just a small spike due the resent price cut the 360 got
but the spike is a joke compared to the one on the PS3's side

Silellak3218d ago

We'll find out when September's NPD numbers are released. Until then, everything is just pointless speculation.

Shadow Flare3218d ago

so ms cut the price of the 360 twice within a month. Brilliant. I'm pretty sure ms cut 360's price twice in europe in 2008.


deadreckoning6663218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

Why are you guys even comparing it to PS3's increase? M$ is trying to offer as much bang for the buck as possible, the same as Sony or Nintendo would. I don't see anything wrong with it. What IS a problem is that the Elite is overpriced out of the box. It should be $200 for the simple fact that its ONE YEAR older than the PS3.

U guys call it "desperation", most consumers would say, "It's a good time ta get a 360." Why is there negativety over consumers getting a BETTER deal on a gaming console???

Sarcasm3218d ago

Here we go with the amazon stuff again.

Weak_Sauce3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

HELL YEAH its desperation

i'd be desperate too if i didn't want to become an embarassing & distant last place like that sony playstation 3

nbsmatambo3218d ago

its @ #18 atm...

so im guessing this was a temporary spike?

Death3218d ago

The top Xbox 360 SKU launched 4 years ago at $399. Today's top SKU is $100 dollars less at $299. There is currently a $50 rebate which makes the system $149 less than launch. This is a limited time rebate.

The PS3 launched at $599 and has had several $100 cuts along with the hardware getting stripped down so the could cut the retail price in half to $299.

These moves by both companies were designed to increase marketshare. If you honestly had to pick one of these companies and call them desperate, do you really think it's not the one that cut significantly more in much less time?


StanLee3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

Any price drop for any console maker will have a temporary effect. Price drops have not proven to be sustainable. However, what's interesting is that new software aren't resulting in hardware movement reinforcing that this current generation will be driven by price and not software.

@ Death

Great point.

The-Warranty3218d ago

A $100 price cut and then 3 weeks later they are giving you $50 back to buy an elite

Looking pretty scared there M$

Death3218d ago

Each price drop brings on the next tier of hardcore gamers until the mass market price point of $199 entices casual gamers. At this point software begins to sell hardware since it becomes much more of an impulse buy.


ultimolu3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

Crap, wrong response.

Carl14123218d ago

Wait what? They did a $50 mail in rebate offer 3 weeks after dropping the price?

Are we allowed to say that this is desperation? :o

Rofflecopter3218d ago

I have a feeling that it had more to do with ODST being released and marketed as another HALO game. Price cut = small increase. Halo game release = typical large increase in 360 sales.

PROFIT3218d ago

i bet sweatshops in india could build a better knockoff 360

gaffyh3218d ago

Oh My God, a pricecut made sales increase? really?!?! That is unheard of! /sarcasm

beardpapa3218d ago

Desperation is when you could've beaten your opponent ahead of time because you had a nice advantage, but you didn't. You waited and waited, thinking your opponent was out of the league, only until your opponent has caught up to you at a corner do you wait to see what happens, then react to it by doing dirty tricks. Like Paris in the movie Troy... he slept with a king's wife thinking he'll get away with it and he claimed he would fight. But when he did fight he couldn't fight, and when he was down he was desperate. He ran to his brother Hector. Or the tortoise and the hare!

Strikepackage Bravo3218d ago

stop with the claims of "desperation" DEATH is right, if anyone is desperate it is Sony.

Now here is what I think is going on, MS is trying to sell off all the old Jasper units before they announce the new Valhalla units with a top SKU price of 199. If they announce a Valhalla 120gig unit at 199, they will not be able to sell the old Jaspers at 250 or more, since the Jaspers cost more to make, they want to sell those at no less than 250.

The sooner they sell off the Jaspers the sooner they can do their real and final price drop of 199 for the new Valhalla premium with 120GB HDD, 150 for the arcade, and 250 for the new elite with a 250GB HDD.

Sarcasm3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

"The PS3 launched at $599 and has had several $100 cuts along with the hardware getting stripped down so the could cut the retail price in half to $299."

They had two entry level price cuts, and that's "Several" to you?

Yo yo yo DaWg, Lemme break it down like whaaaa...

60gb $599 and 20gb $499 at launch. $499 is the entry price.

20gb discontinued and 80gb model introduced at $599. 60gb drops to $499. Entry level price stays the same.

Then 60gb discontinued, 80gb drops to $499 and 40gb is introduced at $399. Now entry price is $399, which is a real price cut for anybody who wants a PS3.

$399 stays the price until this past month when the slim is introduced, now at $299.

So really, they've had only two major price cuts.

Sitdown3218d ago

that Sony allows you to use the Sony Style card (yes I know it can also be used on any Sony product) to get extra money off the ps3? Just wondering...

Death3217d ago

They have lowered the price $300. That's not easy to do with 2 $100 price cuts. The system has had no less than 3 $100 cuts to get where it is today. By your logic the Xbox 360 has only had 1 $100 cut since the launch SKU's were $399 and $299. Today they are $299 and $199 which is only $100 differance from launch 4 years ago.


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Raoh3218d ago

at this rate, if sony beats out MS another week, the Elite will come with 3 games bundled at the price of $199 by the end of the month

renegade3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

rolf , MS is scare as hell.

Marceles3218d ago

looks like they want September NPD bad, just so when the numbers come up...

360 fanboys: "Welp..looks like the 360 beat PS3 yet AGAIN"
PS3 fanboys: "but you guys dropped the price $150"
360: "wah wah wah go home and cry PS3 fanboys! not even a PS3 price drop could beat us!!"

ultimolu3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

Actually, it may be $99.99 at this rate. o-O

Weak_Sauce3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

hey ultimolu. does the amount of bubbles you have represent how lame your add-on joke was?


edit: ohhh snap. you went there. you so did not just subliminally say that my xbox 360 has zero games to play with. weaksauce dont play that. i will get you again later when i feel like it. watch your back.

no but seriously, it was lame

ultimolu3218d ago

Um...I was being serious about that? -_-

And keep harping about *third* place. Yeah, the third place console actually has games to begin with doesn't it?

beardpapa3218d ago

There are a lot of exclusives and unique games out on the 3rd place console this year, but too bad not many of them pique my interest - at least there were exclusive games to get though. On the other hand, there weren't that many great games out for the 2nd place console this year, but so far the only good game to get was ODST. But I guess I was game deprived since there were like nothing but multiplatforms before I picked up ODST.

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OGharryjoysticks3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

The rebate deal only started yesterday the 22nd. I didn't see there being a rush for 360's yesterday at stores

jib3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

dot dot dot

PAPERCHASER03963218d ago

What these people are reporting.. WhY?... let me explain the American Way.. If this were an INSTANT REBATE we see this as a great deal BUT when something is offered as MAIL IN it's bull because of the trouble and the up to 16 weeks refund period so screw the talk

Microsoft Xbox 3603218d ago

Desperation like never before.

cliffbo3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

wow fella, i didn't realise how much the PS3 was hurting some people. look, you bought your 360 (and it isn't a bad machine) so enjoy it. we can't help it if we went with better quality overall... and now at an affordable price. MS is dead in Japan. watch Europe next my friend, America can wait for another year.

Jamescagney3218d ago

Lol, sales lol, we can argue about sales lol.

Jamescagney3218d ago

Nah, not after your response! That was Epic!