Xbox 360 goes down in price, gains HDMI output

Almost a month following the 60GB PlayStation 3’s price drop from $599 to $499, Microsoft has applied price cuts of its own to the Xbox 360. The Premium model is now available for $349.99—down from $399.99—and the Core model’s price has slipped from $299.99 to $279.99. As for the high-end Elite version of the console, it has been subject to a $30 drop, from $479.99 to $449.99.

Microsoft had more than just a discount brewing, too. According to Shacknews, Microsoft has started rolling out Premium Xbox 360s outfitted with HDMI video outputs. The site quotes a statement from Microsoft that says retailers are “gradually introducing HDMI-enabled Xbox 360s into the channel to meet demand.” The Elite version of the Xbox 360 already has HDMI support, but Microsoft has no plans to add HDMI to the Core version of the console.

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    • green
    • 13 years ago

    i know how sony can increase sales
    jack up the ps3 by another $50
    and throw in a free ps2

    that way they’d have something to play
    while waiting for something to come out on ps3

      • Vrock
      • 13 years ago

      That’s an incredibly dumb thing to say, considering the PS3 already plays PS2 games.

    • SGT Lindy
    • 13 years ago

    Hey somegeek…..look at your link now….hahahahah IGNOT!

    §[<http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/videogames/ref=sv_vg_1/102-0269060-4426532<]§ Put your PS3 on Ebay!

    • leor
    • 13 years ago

    People have really short memories. The first year of the xbox 360 was a disaster with them not being able to produce enough consoles for the first 6 months and the first killer app didn’t come out until a year later in Gears of War.

    I know because I had to get my 360 Premium for 500 dollars out of the trunk of someone’s car all the way in March of 2006. I sat around with it playing NBA 2k6 and Dead Or Alive (which sucked).

    So let’s let these consoles get some legs, and some more games until we start predicting who the winner will be. The best games don’t usually come out for a console until the 2nd or 3rd year of its life.

      • Namarrgon
      • 13 years ago

      A little bitter, perhaps? You didn’t /[

        • leor
        • 13 years ago

        the 360 was released that previous november.

        why would i be bitter about something i chose to do? i’m just saying people are giving sony all this crap in their first year and they forget how poor microsoft’s execution was.

          • SPOOFE
          • 13 years ago

          Sony gets a ton of crap because they spent an extra year bragging about how their system will be umpteen times better than the 360. While Microsoft put out their own marketing bull, it wasn’t nearly as pompous, egocentric, or delusional as Krazy Ken’s rantings.

          But I guess that extra year that MS had was just one more year for your memory to get hazy.

    • provoko
    • 13 years ago

    Thats cool.

    • NotParker
    • 13 years ago

    The PS3 is a disaster. Low sales. Few games sold.

      • somegeek
      • 13 years ago

      Troll.

        • Lord.Blue
        • 13 years ago

        wow. Kettle, meet pot.

          • Justice
          • 13 years ago

          Lord.Blue beat me to it!!!

          Damnit! 🙂

    • NotParker
    • 13 years ago

    US only sales.

    “In June, the Nintendo Wii sold 382,000 units; the Xbox 360 sold 198,400, and the Sony PlayStation 3 sold 98,500.”

    The six-month sales 2007 in the U.S. are as follows: 2.1 million for the Wii; 760,000 for the PlayStation 3, and 1.2 million for the Xbox 360.

    §[<http://blogs.mercurynews.com/aei/2007/07/npds_six-month_sales_figures_out_showing_strong_growth_for_game_industry.html<]§

    • NotParker
    • 13 years ago

    “Microsoft Corp. Thursday forecast its Xbox 360 game console sales will total as many as 15 million by the end of its fiscal 2007, which ends June 30 of next year.

    The company expects to have shipped more than 10 million consoles by the end of this year. By the end of June 2007, the company expects its sales to total between 13 million and 15 million units since the launch.

    Its forecast for its fiscal y[<2007<]y is to ship between y[<8 million and 10 million <]y Xbox 360 game machines." In its fiscal fourth quarter, (Mar/Apr/Jun) which just ended June 30, Microsoft sold a quarterly record high 1.8 million game consoles §[<http://www.itworld.com/Tech/5051/060721xbox<]§

    • NotParker
    • 13 years ago

    When looking at the Amazon chart, there are 2 XBOX 360’s in the top 12.

    Add them up and I bet they are selling more than the PS3.

    • somegeek
    • 13 years ago

    The results are in.

    The Xbox 360 is officially dead. Ebay them while you can:
    §[<http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/videogames/ref=sv_vg_1/102-0269060-4426532<]§ Since July 8, when the PS3 dropped to $499, it has remained in the top 4 at Amazon. After the Xbox 360 dropped to $349 it's struggling to stay in the top 10. The fact that Sony has a hot product at $499 is all that's needed to predict the outcome of this console war. If dropping to $499 was enough to beat the Xbox 360, then dropping to $399 (in less than a year) will flat out destroy it. Weep, Xbots, weep.

      • NotParker
      • 13 years ago

      Forza2 on XBOX 360 is the #1 game!!!!

      The highest PS3 game is #18.

      Where is the profit in consoles? Games.

        • NotParker
        • 13 years ago

        I meant #20. The PS game at #18 is not for the PS3.

      • Fighthouse
      • 13 years ago

      I thought people check their arguments before they post. Did you realize that 3 xbox360 items are in the top 5? Not exactly something for the xbots to weep over

      • BlockheadBrown
      • 13 years ago

      If you’re trying to master y{

        • somegeek
        • 13 years ago

        You’re right. I should’ve waited a few more hours.

        *[http://www.engadget.com/2007/07/09/how-to-revive-sales-in-your-flagging-video-game-console/<]§

          • BlockheadBrown
          • 13 years ago

          ::shakes head:: I agree with cynan.

      • Krogoth
      • 13 years ago

      PS3 is only experiencing a temporary sales increase because the clearance sales of remaining 60GB units. After the 60GB supplies are dried up. The consumer will be stuck with its $599 80GB replacement.

        • cynan
        • 13 years ago

        Yes. That is what Sony is telling us.

        How many want to wager that this is not just a marketing ploy to ensure clearance of remaining 60GB stock. Once they’re gone, I bet the 80GB PS3’s will find their way to $499 right quick.

        On the other hand, who in their right mind would pay $100 more for 20GB of HD space and an (potentially) inferior backwards compatility solution for PS2 games (no actual PS2 in 80GB machines). Oh yes and a game. What was it? Motor-something-or-other?

      • Lord.Blue
      • 13 years ago

      Did anyone else notice that the 360’s wireless adapter is outselling Resistance: Fall of Man?
      or that Halo 2 is outselling Heavenly Sword?

      • SGT Lindy
      • 13 years ago

      somgeek = Jack@ss, Sony Lovin Troll.

      Like someone else said….games…..genius. The 360 sold more games from November (will/PS3 launch) until June than the PS3 and the Wii combined during the same time frame.

      Lets not even mention $$$ lost per console sold. The 360 makes money on the Premium and Elite.

      Halo 3 well sell more copies than all PS3 consoles sold.

      I will give you $50 for your PS3…..I might get a Blue Ray movie from a relative at Xmas by mistake and I will want to view it before I return it.

    • leor
    • 13 years ago

    Not sure why they didn’t go HDMI to begin with. Maybe when mine breaks they’ll stick an HDMI in for me 😛

    As for PS3, you haters need to do a little more research;

    Resistance Fall Of Man, Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Heavenly Sword, Metal Gear Solid 4, Final Fantasy 13, Tekken 6, Virtua Fighter 5 . . .

    those are just a few of the exclusives that come to mind.

      • PerfectCr
      • 13 years ago

      Virtua Fighter 5 is coming to 360, and so will MGS4, you can count on that. The others, well, you can have them lol.

        • leor
        • 13 years ago

        most games show up on one or the other eventually. i find it kind of hard to get excited about a game that’s been out for 8 months.

        but then again i just went and bought both.

      • BlockheadBrown
      • 13 years ago

      Not hating – I like all of the systems. That said, Sigma is an excellent refresh of an Xbox title. I wouldn’t exactly consider that an exclusive. Many exclusive titles are now timed exclusives. It makes enough sense for a dev & manf to do that. There’s exclusivity for a time, but then they are able to cater to another market segment.

      • SPOOFE
      • 13 years ago

      y[

        • leor
        • 13 years ago

        people with high def TVs would beg to differ.

          • StashTheVampede
          • 13 years ago

          Send a link to an HDTV, today, that doesn’t have component inputs and only HDMI.

            • SPOOFE
            • 13 years ago

            But Super Sony sez HDMI is the way to go, and they’re never wrong, are they?

            • leor
            • 13 years ago

            why are you such an ass all the time? sony didn’t make up HDMI, it’s just the best standard out there.

            i know there are people out there who say they can’t tell the difference, but i don’t know if they have bad eyes, bad TVs or small ones but the difference is very obvious to me whether it’s my cable box, xbox or ps3.

            • Namarrgon
            • 13 years ago

            Perhaps it’s just your TV then? I’m running 1080p over component, and I can see a difference when in HDMI – but only when I’m 2′ from the screen. It’s /[

            • leor
            • 13 years ago

            ah, i’ve been though a couple of tvs and my friends concur. i currently have a 52 inch sony bravia and the difference is palpable.

            • SPOOFE
            • 13 years ago

            I’m sorry my sarcasm decimates your weak argument points so effectively.

          • SGT Lindy
          • 13 years ago

          I have 3 HD sets and I beg to differ. HDMI does not mean much to me other than a single cable….if I want to use the TV speakers.

          Of my 3 sets, two have HDMI and my older Sony has DVI. I can use my Xbox 360 on all of them….using component.

          There is hardly any content out there that goes past 720p….Zero on the 360. On the PS3..some games claim to be 1080p but honestly that # of people that run a 1080p game over HDMI is not very many. Until the BR/HD-DVD war is over you would be crazy to choose one.

          The will gets part of its popularity from the fact it runs great on 4:3 NON-HD TV’s. You dont need to buy a new TV to fully enjoy a Wii.

          • green
          • 13 years ago

          which represents quite a small segment of the video game population
          most people would have blown the money on the console + games first
          and would be looking to get an hd set later on

      • packfan_dave
      • 13 years ago

      y[

    • marvelous
    • 13 years ago

    xbox and xbox games are so wanna be PC. But we already have PC for that.

    • ssway
    • 13 years ago

    I think far more important than the HDMI is the .65 shrink. Microsoft needed that for the first gen release….my gosh, what a horrendous track record the 360 has had in terms of in the field failures.

    If I were to consider buying one myself I’d be waiting for the thermal benchmarks on the new rev. I myself would much rather wait for the .45 shrink in another 1-2 years.

      • Decelerate
      • 13 years ago

      Actually, HDMI does not garantee .65nm process shrink.

      I’ve personally told others to hold off buying the 360 based on the crappy hardware failure (When local, national and consummer-protection based tv programs run reports on the console failure rate, it’s not a good sign).

      That being said, Sony can’t seem to capitalize on the opportunity, with their hard-headed 599$ flagship price point (with 80gigs at that; 120gigs minimum to keep up with ms’ elite version).

      And Wii is lacking the heavy-hitting titles (non Nintendo ones) that mid-hardcore users like me would like to see.

    • roont
    • 13 years ago

    when will the ones with the new heatsink be available? how will i be able to tell the differance? isnt there suppost to be ones with the 65nm in it coming soon too?

    • Inkedsphynx
    • 13 years ago

    EDIT: Meant as reply to #5. Comment system no longer seems to function properly for me.

    There you have it folks, 4 million PS3 owners with no games (hyperbole) to play.

    Sounds like a hootin’ good time to me.

      • somegeek
      • 13 years ago

      The PS3’s library is better than the Xbox 360’s library was after the same amount of time. The first 2 years of the PS3 games will easily be better than the first 2 years of the Xbox 360’s.

        • lordT
        • 13 years ago

        That, dear sir, is total BS. The PS3 has fewer exclusives now than the 360 had then. Nice trolling.

        Till you have actual games to talk about all you can do is clutch at straws. Its people like you who make me shun the comment section.

          • somegeek
          • 13 years ago

          Exclusives? You mean like God Of War creator’s next 3 PS3 games?

          §[<http://www.gamepro.com/news.cfm?article_id=128008<]§

            • firestorm02
            • 13 years ago

            The first of those titles is not due out until “sometime in 2008”, which will prob be late ’08. I don’t think that helps your argument, lol.

            360 has 44 exclusives, 47 on the way.
            Wii has 21 exclusives, 55 on the way.
            PS3 has 8, 36 on the way.

            §[<http://www.videogamesblogger.com/2007/06/17/console-exclusive-games-list-for-xbox-360-ps3-and-wii-as-of-june-2007.htm<]§ Edit: "neener-neener"

            • marvelous
            • 13 years ago

            are those exclusives even worth playing? Aren’t most of those xbox exclusives already available for PC or coming for PC?

            They aren’t really exclusive then.

            • BlockheadBrown
            • 13 years ago

            The studio exclusives would be. I’m very interested in Heavenly Sword. I’d love to see what the team that made Ico and Shadow of the Colossus comes up with. God of War 3 is a no-brainer. Yes, there’s titles to be played on each system that are well worth spending time with.

            • lethal
            • 13 years ago

            i wouldn’t take that list seriously. From that list 31 360 “exclusives” are also on the pc, versus 1 for the wii and one for the ps3. So the list of true exclusives is 60 vs 75 vs 43. And I found some games missing so thats hardly a definitive list.

          • marvelous
          • 13 years ago

          Like METAL GEAR, Gran Turismo, Final Fantasy right?

        • BlockheadBrown
        • 13 years ago

        You really don’t know what you’re talking about. Objective criticism is fine. Realize you’re talking to an informed community. What you’ve posted so far is neither factual nor objective. Being passionate about a favorite is fine. Skewing numbers and misrepresenting data isn’t. You really need to establish more credibility. Be objective and honest. Don’t let your passions misguide you.

    • Corrado
    • 13 years ago

    When are the ‘zOMFG WHY ARE YOU POSTING CONSOLE STUFF ON A PC SITE!?!!1’ commentators gonna show up?

    I love my 360. The 360 actually turns a profit at this point for each one sold. The division as a whole lost money because the Zune is in the same division. You can pry the white monolith from my cold dead hands.

      • NeronetFi
      • 13 years ago

      ‘zOMFG WHY ARE YOU POSTING CONSOLE STUFF ON A PC SITE!?!!1’ ………oh wait new gerneration consoles have more to do with pc gaming then before, b/c well… so far pc games have been ports of the consoles. Not saying all of em but some of the good titles.

        • lemonhead
        • 13 years ago

        No it’s because of MS zealots, the same guys who bought Vista Ultimate at release. If I dropped $399 on a console, i’d want to say it was great too and beat my chest.

        I personally don’t come to TR to hear about PS[23] or xbox. there’s plenty of other sites that do it better as thats what they focus on.

          • cynan
          • 13 years ago

          y[< I personally don't come to TR to hear about PS[23] or xbox <]y So why are you reading these posts? ;-}

    • somegeek
    • 13 years ago

    It won’t matter.

    Console shipments for the first half of 2007:
    Wii: over 6 million
    PS3: over 4 million
    Xbox 360: over 1 million (down 60% from 2006)
    §[<http://www.dfcint.com/game_article/july07article.html<]§ The Xbox 360 sold 6 million worldwide after a year. The PS3 is over 4 million now. §[<http://www.pro-g.co.uk/news/26-07-2007-6094.html<]§ The Wii is close to 10 million. Considering the PS3's higher price and the fact that the Xbox 360 had no competition from the other two next-gen consoles, the PS3 is doing better than the Xbox 360 did in it's first year and is on track to outselling it. That's probably the reason Peter Moore left Microsoft. The Xbox 360 will likely have 1 good year and 4-5 bad ones. The PS3 will likely have 1 slow year and 7-8 good ones. The Wii will likely have 4-5 good years. Also, with the PS2, PSP, and DS all selling well, Microsoft is still in a distant third in the console industry because they suck.

      • Corrado
      • 13 years ago

      Xbox is already on good year #2 and with all the games slated for the rest of this year into next, I for see at least good year #3 coming in 08.

      • IntelMole
      • 13 years ago

      Is there some pill you take that makes you hate Microsoft that much?

        • somegeek
        • 13 years ago

        Yes, it’s a pill called *[

          • Sargent Duck
          • 13 years ago

          Microsoft may not be perfect, but I’d include Sony in that same category. Exploding batteries, root-kits, forcing their proprietary products down our throats, selling products at a premium price while quality is sub-par.

          And as for exclusives, I’d say Gears of War and Halo 3 are some pretty big exclusive games. PS3 has…..um…..yeah. that game.

          • indeego
          • 13 years ago

          “Sony isn’t perfect but Microsoft is the reason why we have so many anti-trust laws (and apparently not enough). Monopolistic companies don’t have the same incentive to work hard as competitive companies. ”

          MS settled most of it’s cases (with vouchers, which essentially cost MS nothing and only give them guaranteed revenue in the future,) as well as skirted the penalties by lack of enforcement from the Bush Admin.

          If anything, the MS case is exactly what is wrong with antitrust and the Justice Department these days: The U.S. government panders to big business 100%g{<.<}g

          • cynan
          • 13 years ago

          I’m sure if the Xbox 360’s were in danger of r[

          • SPOOFE
          • 13 years ago

          Microsoft wasn’t around when antitrust laws were written, so how can they be “the reason” they exist? And why on Earth would you mention Sony when discussing AMERICAN laws?

      • BKA
      • 13 years ago

      From what I understand, only Nintendo is actually making a profit from selling consoles. The other two are relying on games and peripherals to gain a profit.

        • Flying Fox
        • 13 years ago

        It has been reported that XBox 360 has been making money for a while now.

          • NeronetFi
          • 13 years ago

          With the original XBOX and the PS2 – they were not making any money of those consoles either. Same for the retail companies selling them. For every PS2 and Xbox sold Ciruit City was losing $0.01. They only made profit off of the games. And from my understanding retailers had a 100% mark up on the game prices. (This was 3 years ago so might be diff now)

          • lemonhead
          • 13 years ago

          Where is this reported????

          I was talking to MS buddies in Seattle last week, Peter Moore was about to get canned that’s why he ‘left’ for EA. Lots of movement in that division. 360 doing great in NA (and UK?) everywhere else they’re getting it handed to them.

      • BlockheadBrown
      • 13 years ago

      If you use more trusted & reliable sources and you’ll have that much more credibility. Until then, all I see are angst-filled slighted posts that don’t hold water.

      §[<http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=14810<]§

      • poulpy
      • 13 years ago

      Somegeek FUDing on consoles again? What a surprise 🙂

      To add some context to your excellent post and sharp analysis allow me to quote you from your last FUD^w post: /[<"Unfortunately for Microsoft, the PS3 and Wii turned out to be two of the best consoles ever made while the Xbox 360 is mediocre at best."<]/ Here (http://www.vgchartz.com/) they quote both Xbox 360 and Wii at over 10M and the PS3 at over 4M.

      Microsoft plays with one hand tied their back as they never sell well in Japan, therefore their 6M units in the first year is way better than Sony’s 4M IMO.

        • ew
        • 13 years ago

        Even more interesting is this graph which shows the 360 and PS3 are nearly dead even in sales after their first 40 weeks. Also the Wii is crushing the rest.

        §[<http://vgchartz.com/hwcomps.php?cons1=Wii&reg1=All&cons2=PS3&reg2=All&cons3=X360&reg3=All&align=1<]§

          • indeego
          • 13 years ago

          even more interesting is Nintendo may be losing sales because of the lack of availability of their console. People may be doing one of four things:
          1. Waiting for availability with intent to buy it later.
          2. Getting an XBOX360.
          3. Getting a PS3.
          4. Really want the wii, but give up, and decide to wait for a price drop. (this is my stanceg{<:)<}g

            • BlockheadBrown
            • 13 years ago

            Or getting a PS2 and a wonderful library of titles (I don’t think that’s the happening in the majority of the situations. If they had nothing before, it’s a definite possibility.) The Wii is different enough and has enough appeal to warrant people waiting until they can get one.

      • NotParker
      • 13 years ago

      Why LIE about XBOX 360 sales?

      • Namarrgon
      • 13 years ago

      Because Peter Moore couldn’t deal with a PS3 sales ripple after being outsold by Sony 5 to 1 in the last gen, right.

      Let’s wait until the end of the year before passing judgement, yes? 360 has improved hardware, Halo 3, Bioshock etc etc coming up; what does the PS3 have for us?

    • Unckmania
    • 13 years ago

    Now, my xbox feels more and more outdated. At least i’m sending it for repairs and it should get that new heatsink.

      • Thebolt
      • 13 years ago

      Maybe you should have waited a while, if they send you a new unit they might have sent you an HDMI one. That is of course if you would even use the feature, I know I probably wouldn’t.

        • draksia
        • 13 years ago

        Mine is out for repair right it would be kick ass if I got one with HDMI but the previous one I got was a refurb not new so I am not holding out much hope.

          • droopy1592
          • 13 years ago

          Heh, just send it back in later this year.

        • DaveIsFera
        • 13 years ago

        Will they actually do something like that? I just sent mine in for repair because the video stopped showing up (still played sound but no RRoD), and that would be AWESOME to get a new one.

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