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Source blows all 360 price drop details, Elite at £199 on Friday

Wednesday, 26th August 2009 21:00 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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A trusted UK retailer has confirmed to VG247 that there is indeed a price cut coming to Xbox 360 and that the Pro is on the way out, starting this coming Friday, August 28.

The Elite-price will drop from £239.99 to £199.99 – the same as a Wii – with the Pro 60Gb being discontinued.

Our source says the Arcade will remain the “entry level hardware”, but the current console bundle with Sega Superstars Tennis will finish. The new Arcade SKU will launch at the suggested price of £159.99 without any software.

GameStation will be launching an Elite bundle at £199.99 with COD 4 Modern Warfare and Fight Night Round 4.

As for trade-ins, you can get an Elite for £99.99 if you put in a Wii or a 60Gb 360. Should you decide to trade-in a 160gb PS3, you’ll get the Elite for £19.99.

An announcement is expected to be made by Microsoft tomorrow, according to earlier reports.

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  1. Patrick Garratt

    *cough*

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Zarckan

    Hmm de ja vu

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Patrick Garratt

    Admin accident. Sorry about that.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Galactic_Barret

    Whoa, MS is playing this quite intelligently. Why cut the price in the US? Your main competition is the PS3, you already have a sizeable lead here, let them duke it out for a while.

    Keep the price lower in some of the “weaker” territories, it won’t make a difference which is the better deal. One is cheaper than the other, period. Freaking brilliant.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Joe Anderson (wotta)

    There we go. Game on quite literally.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Withnail

    Before
    360 without HDD: £129
    360 with HDD: £169 (or £239)

    After
    360 without HDD: £159
    360 with HDD: £199

    Interesting “price drop”.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Patrick Garratt

    Sorry for the lost comments. Sorry sorry sorry.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. reask

    :D

    #8 5 years ago
  9. No_PUDding

    Cool, it’s getting an increasingly good value system.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Soong

    @Withnail: I wouldn’t be surprised if the new £159 Arcade SKU included a HDD. Microsoft is serious about getting people online and convincing them to buy virtual tat. It would also explain the increase in price and the disappearance of the pro (which would become a bit useless and unnecessary if the Arcade SKU already came with a HDD)

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Lutz

    Rumours are abound that the Elites will also be getting built in wireless too. New dev kits have it in for a start.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. G1GAHURTZ

    Cool! Looks like this could be a good time to splash out on an HD setup, what with this being a bank holiday weekend and all.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Psychotext

    “New dev kits have it in for a start.”

    Interesting.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Johnny Cullen

    PAT BROKE HIS OWN RULE! (unintentionally it has to be said)

    BURN HIM!

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Cort

    The Elite-price will drop from £239.99 to £199.99 – the same as a Wii – with the Pro 60Gb being discontinued.

    Wii RRP is £179.99, not £199.99, according to the several sites I’ve looked at.

    EDIT: Looks like Amazon et al have it wrong. It is £199 RRP.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    They increased the RRP recently, and retailers on the whole decided to eat the difference.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Cort

    But Amazon etc should still show the correct RRP, then their price (showing the discount) beside it. Strange: you’d think they would want the credit for selling over twenty squids below the RRP, rather than the three or so it is shown as at the moment.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0007UATDG/ref=s9_simz_gw_s0_p63_i1?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=0F4XDP46HAQ95NYFV879&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=467198433&pf_rd_i=468294

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Cort

    ^^ Dammit. How do you disguise a URL with your own text?

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Psychotext

    You type text just without the spaces.

    Oh bollocks, that works on the forum side. lol

    #19 5 years ago
  20. freedoms_stain

    A little bit of HTML is all ya need Cort see here

    #20 5 years ago
  21. stvw74

    Hmm ..
    Trade in your 160Gb PS3 & get an Elite for £20 ..
    er, NO THANKS ..
    although the price drop is welcomed, I can’t see myself buying a dust collector anytime soon

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Jadeskye

    @ stvw74, And the Award for most obvious troll goes to…

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Blerk

    So your ‘trusted retailer’ is GameStation, then? :-D

    To be honest, these don’t sound particularly great – the arcade ‘deal’ especially is rubbish unless it’s suddenly sporting a chunk of hardware that it didn’t have before. The removal of the Pro option is just bizarre.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. tonynibbles

    I wonder if they’ll reduce the price of that £60 wireless adaptor, or sell bigger hard drives?

    Cough.

    Still, a bit of competition on Slim launch day is good :)

    #24 5 years ago