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.