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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 Failures
By OxBow on 7/9/2007 11:34:31 AM , Rating: 2
I agree, there's no way I believe Microsofts claim about the failure rate on the 360. It's easily six times higher than what they're claiming. 5% x 6 = 30%. Actually, my guese is that it's closer to 50%, but 30% is a bad enough scandal.

With 12 million 360s in the wild, MS has to up their warrantee, since a recall would be devastating, even to MS. While a $1.5b hit on their '07 balance sheet is tough, if they had to issue a recall on the 360 they could easily be looking at a $300b to $500b hit. While MS has buckets of money lying around, even they would have to think twice about loosing that much money over a couple design defects. That would give them over 300,000,000,000 reasons to hide the ture failure rate.


RE: 360 Failures
By zombiexl on 7/9/2007 12:18:10 PM , Rating: 1
I doubt the 30%. Almost no one I know (personally) has had a single problem. I had one die right out of the box, but I got it replaced its been smooth sailing for a year and a half.

I think its like anything else. You never hear a peep from the happy customers, but the mad ones scream loud enough for everyone to hear.


RE: 360 Failures
By Darthvoy on 7/9/2007 12:56:51 PM , Rating: 2
well there you go...just because no one you know has had their xbox 360 break on them means that the stuff all over the news must be false!


RE: 360 Failures
By zombiexl on 7/9/2007 2:29:12 PM , Rating: 2
I never said that the news is false, I just stated i think the number is inflated.

I said that MINE was broken out of the box. So I didnt say no one I know has had a problem. I said ALMOST no one I know.

I'd guess the failure rate is of 10-15%, not including dumb asses who store their 360's in their oven and leave it on 72 hours at a time, while baking a pizza at 450 in the same oven.


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