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PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Elite to share price in Canada - but which is the better value?

Along with the U.S. price drop, Canadian retailers have also been instructed by Sony to reduce the price of the 60GB PlayStation 3 to $549 – the level previously occupied by the 20GB version.

Platformers.net is carrying a leaked upcoming flyer image from Best Buy showing the PlayStation 3 selling at $549, representing a $110 price drop.

Earlier this year, Canadian retailers even raised the price of the PlayStation 3 from the initial $549 and $659 – for the 20GB and 60GB, respectively – to $599 and $699.

Interestingly enough, the upcoming Canadian price of the PlayStation 3 after its drop will be exactly on the same level as the Xbox 360 Elite, which also retails for $549.

It is unclear if Microsoft will change the pricing on its Xbox 360 Elite model in Canada to reflect the position of its U.S. counterpart. In the U.S., the Xbox 360 Elite sells for $20 less than the new PlayStation 3 price.

Although more storage space is almost always welcomed, the Canadian market benefits significantly less from the added 100GB on the Xbox 360 Elite’s 120GB hard disk drive. U.S. gamers have access to a decent library of movies and TV shows on Xbox Live Marketplace, but Xbox Live accounts in Canada have no such service.



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lol
By Mithan on 7/9/2007 8:58:42 AM , Rating: 2
I just payed $699 plus 12% Tax in May for the system so this sucks for me :)

This will make a HUGE difference for the system here in Canada as the $699 price tag was horrendous but still, I would like to see them go for another $50 and drop it to $499 as I think that is where they will find a big emotional barrier that could effect sales a lot more..

A lot of my gaming friends who are between 20-35 years of age have been waiting for it to drop below $500 before they bought in and while it is still hugely expensive, I think it starts to become worth it at the $400-500 price tag, considering everything the system can do.

As for the PS3's success itself, I think Sony shouldn't worry too much. I think by 2008 the legions of PS2 fans will start looking at upgrading and many of them will be looking at this system.




RE: lol
By FITCamaro on 7/9/07, Rating: 0
RE: lol
By aos007 on 7/9/2007 11:58:53 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, but if he bought it in May, it's too late - it's July already.

Most major retailers here in Canada do have the "price protection" policy also.


RE: lol
By darkpaw on 7/9/2007 12:29:05 PM , Rating: 2
Completely depends on the store. The tech stores like Fry's or Best Buy are limited to 30 days or less. Target I think does 90 days as does Sam's Club and Costco.

I'm not sure what you got up north for major chains, but it could still be matchable.


RE: lol
By aos007 on 7/9/2007 12:37:30 PM , Rating: 2
Price protection is typically 30 days here, except on things like laptops and PCs and software/games where it's only 15 days. Some smaller stores - e.g. Visions - have an interesting policy where the price protection is 30 days in cash and then another 30 days where you get in-store credit. That's why I bought my TV there. But in general no one gives you more than 30 days. I don't know about Costco though - we do have them here but I'm not a member (I only shop there when I go with friends who are members). We don't have Target and Sam's Club here.

It's always worth trying though, once I got a price protection refund for a $500 (!!) price drop on a Toshiba laptop even though I was one day too late (16 days later).


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