Print 53 comment(s) - last by inflames99.. on Jul 9 at 9:05 PM

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. 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.

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: I had no idea sales tax was that high!
By Flunk on 7/9/2007 9:29:46 AM , Rating: 2
It's actually 14% where I live (Ontario).

RE: I had no idea sales tax was that high!
By ATC on 7/9/2007 10:15:52 AM , Rating: 2
It's 6% in Alberta

RE: I had no idea sales tax was that high!
By InsaneGain on 7/9/2007 1:51:43 PM , Rating: 2
There is no sales tax in Alberta. The only tax is the federal 6% tax which applies across Canada.

By ATC on 7/9/2007 3:45:00 PM , Rating: 2
There is no sales tax in Alberta.

Actually there is; it's 6%. That's what I meant by the 6% (total taxes which are 6%GST and no PST). GST is a sales tax, it's just not a provincial sales tax.

Incidentally, I guess this price is effective immediately. Future Shop online is already $549.

"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
Related Articles

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki