Microsoft is widely expected to slash the price of its Xbox 360 console next month, will Sony and Nintendo follow suit? Here's a prediction of how the console war could shape up this holiday season.
will... if ms keep suporting 360,yes it will stir things up
The 360 really needs a price cut in the US. It might just help them to comfortably push back the PS3 like they were doing in 2007.
i'm thinking of getting another 360 since i don't have my ps3 now. either that or an iPhone, i'm not sure. i need a new gadget.
No diss to 360 but why would you buy another 360. Makes no since to have two system with the same games, your money would be better spent on a PS3 with Blu-Ray support, or even a Wii but to buy the same system is nutz unless you already have the other two. If it is about price then get a PSP or a DS. or even that Iphone that you are thinking about.
MS: what ever they do they will still come the distinct 3rd this generation, and price cut will help them only for weeks or 1-2 months. Nitendo: what ever they do now it wont stop them from selling as much as last year. sony: depend on what they do they can turn the tables!!! if sony make 100$ price cut this fall and all the games wont have more delays and give the new motion sensor controller with every ps3 sold with the DS3 then they might even take nintendo sales!! so basically sony have many baths depending on which they take, it can effect them positively or negatively but all baths leads that they will still outsell the 360 this year!!
So what if Sony doesn't drop their price can you enlighten us what would happen there Nostradomous?
Nintendo wont need to do anything cause people will buy it reguardless Sony will have to though and fast because consumers will be thinking that since MS cut the price Sony will follow and there will be a decrease in sales as they wait for a pricecut to happen. This will be very damaging to Sony since they have still yet to win a holiday season in the US unlike MS who with Gears 2 are set to dominate yet again
I agree with everything you've said, apart from the last line. I don't think Gears 2 will shift that many consoles, it's the same fanbase that bought the console for Gears 1 and Halo 3, I think Microsoft should focus more on Fable 2 to attract a new type of gamer.
Gears 2 its self alone might not shift alot of consoles but it could too. You say the same people who bought Gears already have the 360.Well alot of people back in the day couldnt afford a 360 so with a blockbuster (Gears 2) + price drop it can be a system seller. Its the overall package : cheap price + blockbuster that I think will move consoles.
I'll stick my neck out and say LittleBigPlanet will move more consoles then Gears 2 ;)
Your right a lot of the Gear 2 fanbase already have a 360, but that doesnt mean that there arent a lot of people who want to play gears or halo who have yet to buy a 360. I know its not accurate for the whole of the US but if u look at amazon halo 3 is outselling the actual 360 console so a lot of people still have yet to make the jump. Also the orignal rumour mentioned holiday bundles as well and if that bundle includes Gears 1 and Halo 3 (which would be quite easy for MS to do) then Gears 2 will be that extra push for people to buy the 360 espeically if they're getting the consoles top 3 games Oh and im sure MS will focus of Fable 2 closer to its release since they rarely miss a chance for mass marketing
To rev20 It´s very brave; I follow you on that, I predict LittleBigPlanet will sell 5 mill copies the first year, and move 2 mill Playstation 3 it means that LittleBigPlanet will make the Playstation 3 pass the 20 mill bar next year.
its wont effect wii too much becasue wii buyer diff than 360/ps3 buyer buts its will effect little big cuse any ps3 gamer think buy wii will find it worth less cuse 360 is cheaper and what ?? better for hardcore for sure
Its the darling of the mainstream and people will continue to buy it because its the "in" thing to do like Ipods and Iphones. Sony will only react if their sales fall because of it. If their sales remain unchanged while MS's goes up they will keep their price. Remember Sony has said time and time again this year. They aren't as concerned about market share as they are about profitability.
The price cut will move more consoles most likely than gears 2. That'd be like saying Uncharted 2 will be a system seller. If people wanted uncharted they would have bought the Ps3 for the first one. However microsoft reaching that price point is DEFINITELY an interesting turn of events. If this goes though I really wanna see how sony reacts. And I guess people can't say the wii is selling because it's cheap =/ If the 360 doesn't push wii numbers when the price drops then you can officially claim that the wii just generally interests people for some reason.
Don't agree.i wanted to buy a PS3 because of uncharted last year but i could not justify the £300 asking price. If uncharted 2 is released next year with a longer campaign,improved visuals and a PS3 price point of £200 , then i will be 1st inline at my local game retailer. Killer AAA title + price cut= system seller
in NZ we just had a price cut arcade = NZ $395 pro = NZ $549 elite = NZ $699 i dont know what this works out to in us dollars but its pretty cheap over here when you consider the wii is $499, yes a hundred dollars dearer then the arcade bundle! and fifty dollars cheaper then the pro! im still waiting for a price drop on the ps3 here before i consider getting one because they still currently sell for NZ $799
another price cut and still no success.
reallyy? how do you know all that?? is the pricecut already on? you have powers boy
M$ has cutting prices half a dozen times and yet Wii and PS3 are still outselling xbug. Xbug pleasefixme has no future.
winner this year is 1: wii 2: ps3 3: 360 if u include the next consoles then that will be 1: ps3 2: 360 if u include last gen console that will be 1: wii 2: ps2 and for handles that will be 1: DS lite 2: psp slim
It will be tough for Sony to make futher cuts in price as they have just started to approach profitability in their gaming department.
Their gaming department also include the PS2 (very profitable), but I feel sales of that may start to drop off at much faster rate when the lower 360's are on the shelves and so reducing Sony's profits, making it harder for them to reduce the price of the PS3.
Correct Assessment of the Dying Xbox Brand
in europe people are buying ps3s .. no matter how much a 360 is.
due to its fantastic price. On here alot op people just disregard the xbox in europe because they presume the playstation is all conquering but that isn't the case - the xbox has been selling atleast as much if not more in Europe than in America - it is only around 20,000 a week behind the ps3 which isnt bad considering the large gap teh ps2 had over the gamecube and original xbox.
They are soo desperate that they will soon cut the price to 150$$, you can see how cheap the xbox 360 hardware is.
No they are just reworking the old broken ones.
Wipe your Ass with Sandpaper (xbox) When you can use Silk (PS3)
I think Sony will have to cut price at this pace and go back to not making a profit on the PS3 this fall unfortunately. At the least the 80 gig will be $349 buy Christamas and they might introduce a cheaper SKU.
I just love the fact that people still want their console to "win". Price cuts on ANY system help ALL gamers because it forces the others to do things they otherwise wouldn't. It's called "competition", and the only one that benefits from it is YOU. So unless you want one system with slow innovation and no price drops, stop wishing for the death of the other 2 consoles.
All these price-cuts Ms are makin 2 the 360 shows nothin but desperation, if there console was sellin well y would they need so many price-cuts i dont blame Ms its like havin a busted up used car in your driveway -u just want 2get rid of it no matter wot the price PS3FTW Woot Woot Woot
this is only ms's 2nd price cut since the 360 launched - they are due one and if sony doesn't respond they will lose in sales this christmas. Spreading lies about ms won't make them go away, im just glad im not filled with hate over machinery! Sad sad people, get girlfriends.
When they are not only selling a great console but they are selling one of the best and cheapest BD players? The folks at Sony know that they need to capitalize on the BD win and since it is the Next-Gen format, many new HDTV owners are buying PS3's since they are the best BD player for the buck, and at the same time, they get a cool gaming machine with great extras. Remember folks, Sony hit two birds with one stone when they sealed the BD fate. With BD as the new format of choice, the PS3 stands to make more sales even at a higher price.
While they might get a lot of sales once the machine goes to a realistic price (you something that the rest of can really afford) I know I'll be a customer. Will it be for a blu-ray player? Nope, I still love DVD and thought it didn't make any real difference in the picture quality and I did watch it on a HDTV. At the price it's at right now, it is more a status symbol then a gaming console.
You know your right, it is a status symbol.. It says, I Buy Quality! But your wrong about the gaming part.. Its one Hell of a gaming system that will only get better! Great games are made all the time, Great systems are born only once. Each PS3.. should have a born on date. Its a truly great machine.
I might be alone here, but I'm still not convinced everyone is going to switch to BR. I remember working part time at a video store when DVD arrived. We only started seeing a big increase when VHS was GONE. And that was a bigger improvement in picture than BR is to DVD. And don't give me the "adopting faster than DVD" argument. I highly doubt that's true in actual movie sales. The market is concerned about the casual user. And your mom and mine aren't buying BR players until they have no choice.
Glad you speak for all.. lol Actually my wife is a Mother of 2 and we have one, my Mom already has a Blu-ray player and so does my Grandma.. no joke. And you know what.. the Blu-ray players they have are PS3's.. Yeah.. Course they dont see much game time except when the Grandkids and/or great grandkids go to their houses and then its mostly PS2 games but they do each have 1 or 2 PS3 titles. And if you cant see the quality difference.. your not looking. I can and so can alot.. ALOT of others.
Perhaps you didn't read the first line "I might be alone here". Just look at the numbers. http://www.reghardware.co.u... edit: also, i never said i couldn't see the difference. A lot of people just don't CARE about the difference. And the numbers prove it.
The market isn't concerned about terms like "Casual user." It's all about sales, and Blu-ray sales are skyrocketing. In fact, sales for the format have increased 300% since last year.
300% over "not much" is still.... "not much"... Show me the numbers VS DVD.
I doubt it'll have much effect here in the States. Both consoles are outselling the 360 by a wide margin at their current price points, and starting this September Sony is eliminating their $499 SKU to stick with a $399 80GB model, the same price as a 360 Elite. All of them will be in good shape.
MS is going to drop prices of their consoles to $199.99. This off the heals of the announcment of new 360 games are going to NEED a hard drive in order to play. Can't wait to hear the beetch fest from those new 360 owners when they find out just how screwed they are. MS continues to fragment their own fan base to the point where when they DO release the next 360/720, their own previous customers are going to stay away from it saying..."never again!" I know I would. MS just continues to shoot themselves in the foot this gen, must be nice to have all the money in the world.
You still haven't got it straight. Go back a study just a little bit more.
we are going to see the 720 at next years e3
why is this guy persuming there will be a price cut in europe too? if there is one in the US it doesnt mean one for europe. remember the 360 as already had a price cut in europe this year.
dont they all have too just to compete with nintendo.. that wii is a fluke thing is only being said by idiots right now
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