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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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RE: To answer your headline..
By Gul Westfale on 7/9/2007 9:29:01 AM , Rating: 2
i think the only real disadvantage the xbox 360 has is that the HD DVD drive is not built in; other than that it does remain the better value thanks to the much larger game library. but then there is also the issue with the defective machines... what was the failure rate on the 360, 25%? better get an extended warranty then.

truth be told, i'm still sticking with my PC, the games are better and i don't have to pay a fee to play online. sure PCs are more expensive still than consoles, but they're also more versatile.


RE: To answer your headline..
By BioRebel on 7/9/2007 9:44:57 AM , Rating: 1
I would rather deal with microsoft over a broken system than have to deal with sony over a broken system. From what I've heard even if it was a manufacturing defect, they still charge you to fix the system.


RE: To answer your headline..
By omnicronx on 7/9/2007 9:53:41 AM , Rating: 1
actually I am glad it is not included. Does nobody remember the ps2 days? half the consoles that died were the result of people using their ps2 as their primary dvd drive. the ps2 has come and gone but one thing remains true.. a disc drive is a disc drive.. playing countless hours of movies on your system will greatly decrease the lifetime of your console. I think this could be the only weakness the ps3 has right now hardware wise.

and as for pc's, yes they are more versatile, yes some pc games are more fun, but i would rather pay 60 dollars any day to play online instead of having to buy 2 video cars every year and a half to be able to play new games with decent frame rates. Then again.. cs is so damn fun who needs a vidcard ;)


RE: To answer your headline..
By BioRebel on 7/9/2007 10:49:22 AM , Rating: 1
Or you could just not be cheap and buy a nice video card every 4 years. My 7800 GTX still gets great performance.


RE: To answer your headline..
By Schadenfroh on 7/9/2007 11:00:28 AM , Rating: 1
Microsoft has a 3 year warranty on the xbox 360 now, check the hot deals forum of anandtech for more info.


RE: To answer your headline..
By Lord Sear on 7/9/2007 11:59:23 AM , Rating: 2
I bought mind in Canada for $600 brand new via Korean exporter and took back home to UK.

I use if with TVersity (free) to stream iTunes tracks (remove protection via free software on web), QTime (up to 1080p), DIVx, podcasts, video podcasts, photos - there's nothing it can't play with TVersity.

That coupled with a superier Bluray R1 catalogue, games like F1 Championship, Motorstorm and a billiant line up to come - couldn't be happier.

I have a high-end PC with a 8800GTS, so just prefer change to MS and have a SONY experience instead.

Nice!


RE: To answer your headline..
By aos007 on 7/9/2007 12:31:06 PM , Rating: 3
I agree, after 1.80 update PS3 became much more useful as a media device. You can stream anything if you set up the TVersity properly, though video quality is not very good for non-native codecs (which is pretty much everything right now). Audio and pictures are fine. And it's ALMOST quiet enough to be used as a media playback device (Xbox360 is much too loud). Blu-Ray and DVD upscaling are working very well, too.

I don't know how many times did the memory card reader come in handy for showing pictures immediately after a group outing. I never expected that feature to be useful to me. Sony did a great job with photo management.

Xbox360 is much better regarding the library of games though, so much so that PS3 isn't even in the running. For strictly a gamer, it's still too early to buy a PS3.

I personally like Microsoft's product CONCEPT better. The execution is another thing - someone already said that you can see which company is in hardware business and which one is in software business. The Xbox component design is excellent (symmetrical triple core, graphics etc.). But when it comes to putting it all together - mainboard design, cooling and construction - Microsoft committed mistakes that only can be due to inexperience. And they are paying for it - over a billion bucks too much. Why didn't they just hire or contract a few experienced hardware designers to throw that box together? It would've cost them far less.

In the end, any serious gamer will have both anyway.

And this price drop is welcome. A friend of mine was waiting for it, and has committed to buy as soon as stores actually start selling at $549. $100 off and 5 free Blu Ray movies did it for him. So the strategy is working with at least a certain segment of population (the ones wanting a Blu Ray player).


RE: To answer your headline..
By bplewis24 on 7/9/2007 1:55:07 PM , Rating: 2
Great and articulate post. I would've voted you up but I wanted to post this link:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=pcmcat1...

Best Buy (I realize you were speaking for Canada and not the U.S.) has officially started selling the PS3 for $499 online. So that is a step in the right direction as far as confirmation for other territories is concerned.

Brandon


"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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