More price cut rumors: PS3 and Xbox 360 both getting cheaper by fall

Friday, 26th June 2009 23:29 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


A source close to Ars Technica says that PS3 and Xbox 360 will both get a price cut by fall.

Yes, more “price cut” talk.

The “mole” says that the 80Gb PS3 will become scarce, and thanks to the bundles being offered by Sony, this could happen within two moths time. The Slim will come out in the fall with the price drop and 160Gb models of PS3 will also become scarce — all part of Sony’s diabolical plan no doubt (insert evil laugh).

As far as Xbox 360 is concerned, Microsoft will phase out the Pro making Elite the standard. Another bundle is expected just in time for the holiday shopping extravaganza to replace the Elite, but the source failed to elaborate on what the SKU actually was.

Like you would with most rumors, take out of this what you will.

Via Kotaku.



  1. MasterChiefFenix

    this aint no limbo! i don’t expect price drops for 360 this year, given how low they already are, maybe PS3 holiday season.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Psychotext

    The ars mole has been extremely reliable thus far. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re right again.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Razor

    It sucks for Sony though doesn’t it.

    I bet MS will wait until Sony make their move, so you’ll have Sony making a big deal about a price cut, only to have MS cut their price probably literally a day later to take all the thunder away from Sony…and piss off Sony in the process…

    Though like I said before, the slim PS3 + new firmware + a price cut and HOPEFULLY a GT5 release all simultaneously should swing some good support their way.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. ruckus

    So what unit of time do moths use? or was it a typo for goths…

    … so what’s two goths time???

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Blerk

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure that whenever Sony do finally bite the bullet, Microsoft will have some evil spoiler or other up its sleeve.

    Dropping the Elite to the price of the Pro and the Pro to the price of the Arcade would be particularly nasty.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. reask

    My 360 is playing up a little bit but still useable.
    I might hang about till autumn to see what happens.
    BTW why no slim 360?
    Is it not possible?
    I would deffo get one if it came out.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Quiiick

    @ reask

    The reason why Microsoft probably will not bring a “360 slim” to market is that they really are a software company @<3.

    Additionally they burnt their fingers with the original 360 and the accompanying infamous RRoD. Any repetition of similar faults would break their neck.

    Sony on the other hand is a hardware company @<3 and up until recently made shoddy software for most of their devices. PSN looks promising though and the XMB is one of the best GUI I’ve ever seen.

    Most of Sony’s hardware is produced in-house and they have advanced expertise/knowledge to build these products.

    Additionally the PS3 is still too expensive to manufacture and they are under heavy pressure to build a cheaper console. A “PS3 slim” is therefore a no-brainer.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Psychotext

    Microsoft would only really need to get Samsung or Toshiba to help them out if they were struggling.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Razor

    “Any repetition of similar faults would break their neck.”

    That’s spot on, and probably why the slim 360 and next gen Xbox will go through intensive testing to make sure they’re stellar from the get go.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. hitnrun

    This is exactly what I’ve been predicting since Sony missed the pre-holiday price drop window last year: that they would wait so long that MS would be able to drop their price *again* to match them.

    Not that Sony really has a choice with their balance sheet issues, but there you go.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. reask

    @ quiiick
    So you reckon Sony will get there first?
    I would imagine a slim from either co would be a great move.
    If Sony get it out first I would say sales will increase big time for them.

    #11 6 years ago

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