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Microsoft unconcerned by PS2 price cut

Tuesday, 31st March 2009 17:30 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Microsoft has said it’s unconcerned with Sony’s PS2 price cut, announced today, telling GI.biz it was an expected move for the end of a console’s life-cycle.

Xbox Europe boss Chris Lewis said that the future lies in current hardware, and that Xbox 360 will continue to dominate retail.

“This move from Sony at the end of the PS2’s life cycle is not unexpected,” he said.

“We believe, however, that the future lies in the growth of current generation consoles and Xbox 360, as the fastest growing games console last year, with sales up over 80 percent, will continue to drive the market.

“Xbox 360 has clearly demonstrated that the combination of the right price, blockbuster games as well as the market-leading broad connected entertainment content available through Xbox Live will continue to resonate with the ever growing needs of today’s consumers”.

PS2 is the best-selling console in history, having sold over 140 million units as of July 2008.

It was release in 1999 in Japan.

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  1. 599USD

    Leave MS to comment on the obvious. No shit it’s an expected move, the consoles been out 8 years!

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Shatner

    If they’re so unconcerned why did they feel the need to comment? :D

    indifferencefaillol

    #2 5 years ago
  3. SERAPHEMZ

    Did they come right out and say this or were they contacted and this was their response?

    #3 5 years ago
  4. DS1086

    Maybe Microsoft could hit back with an XBOX price cut.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. DarkSide

    Ohhhh MS relaxxx why so serious?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Michael O'Connor

    “Did they come right out and say this or were they contacted and this was their response?”

    The article simple says that they “told the site” the following response, so it’s hard to tell. Seems like a pretty stupid thing for Microsoft to point out under any context.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. onyxbox

    “Ohhhh MS relaxxx why so serious?”

    My thoughts exactly. :-)

    Lets see now…

    28 million units sold
    30% failure rate (even that is optimistic IMO)
    Leaves them just below 20 million units
    1 year head-start

    and ps3 has what? 20 million units sold?
    3% failure rate

    that would make the race very much closer than MS would have anyone believe… no wonder they’re starting to look a little worried.

    I just find the whole thing funny really… :-) I enjoy games on both platforms but MS’s reps are acting like children these days.

    360 lost focus when Peter Moore left IMO.

    #7 5 years ago