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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: 360
By OxBow on 7/9/2007 11:24:56 AM , Rating: 4
Other than the fact that the PS3 is far more reliable than the 360, let's look at your argument.

Better Graphics- Oblivion on the PS3 looks far better than on the 360 (comparing apples to apples) with none of the frame rate issues that the 360 version has (I've played both). Since Oblivion is considered one of the heavy weights in terms of graphics load, I feel that this is a pretty good measure.

It's smaller- Yes and no. The dimensions on the 360 are a little less, but the 360 has an external power brick, the power supply on the PS3 is internal. In spite of having an external power supply, the 360 still has heat problems which the PS3 has been able to avoid. That said, I do like the changeable face plates and fingerprintless surface of the 360. Gloos black has never been my style.

More Games- If all you like to do is shoot things, the 360 has you covered in spades. If your interests are more diverse, then the difference is not nearly as pronounced. If you factor in the lead time the 360 had over the PS3, then you start to wonder what MS was doing with that extra year. Live is nice, but it's not perfect. Sony is open about the plans they have for expanding their online lineup, far more than MS is. MS seems to be resting on it's laurels with Live, and could be easily over run by the Wii and PS3 in this area.

More Media Content- I don't follow you at all here, but let me try to take a stab at your argument. Live has some music videos and movies available for download. That's fine if you're willing to wait a couple hours for the movie to download, then commit an additional time to watch it within it's alloted rental time before it self deletes. I've tried it and personally can't get around the bandwidth/time limit problem. As for other media, well, the PS3 trounces the 360 in that realm. Both can serve as media servers (music, utube, photos, etc.) Both can play CDs and DVDs (both with upscaling). No big deal there. The PS3 can also play blue ray disks which have a much bigger library than HD-DVD, even if you wanted to pony up the extra money for a HD-DVD add on.

So, if the price of the Elite and the PS3 are identical in Canada, I fail to see why someone would choose the Elite over the PS3 unless all they wanted to do was shoot things. Given Canada's reputation as a much more peacefull society than the US, it seems to me that the only thing going for the Elite over the 60gPS3 is a library of games that cater to something the average Canadian doesn't like.

So, Supersonic, what the heck is so good about the 360?


RE: 360
By Chaser on 7/9/2007 12:22:54 PM , Rating: 2
Very good points.

Although I'm not sure if the "Canada being a more peaceful society" is a credible marketing factor. And I doubt those peaceful souls are into console systems.

Unless there's a fuzzy bunnies and blooming daffodils PS3 game.


RE: 360
By OxBow on 7/9/2007 12:33:55 PM , Rating: 2
Stragely enough, the 360 does have fuzzy bunnies and blooming daffodils game in Viva Pinata. That should be countered when Little Big Planet comes out, however.

There are a couple non-shooter 360 games. A decent lineup of racing games and, of course, Madden. However, when everyone claims this extensive line up of games, it's almost completely filled out with shooters. Don't get me wrong, I'm in Texas and like a good shooter as much as the next guy. However, the differences between shooters is almost completely superficial, with one brief nod to GOW for at least trying to change how the game is played. To claim that there are so many more games for the 360 when the vast majority of that are shooters if disengenous at best.


RE: 360
By bkm32 on 7/9/2007 1:25:20 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget the interaction with the PSP-soon-to-be-the-PSPhone. With this $179 add-on (not the X360 120GB HDD), your entertainment solution becomes mobile, too.

Sony is building momentum. Last time it did that, I ended up with a defunct Sega system.


RE: 360
By DTAllTheBest on 7/9/2007 7:22:16 PM , Rating: 2
Go PS3. I'm not a Sony fanboy but I like PS3 more than 360.


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