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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. 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: lol
By darkpaw on 7/9/2007 12:29:05 PM , Rating: 2
Completely depends on the store. The tech stores like Fry's or Best Buy are limited to 30 days or less. Target I think does 90 days as does Sam's Club and Costco.

I'm not sure what you got up north for major chains, but it could still be matchable.

RE: lol
By aos007 on 7/9/2007 12:37:30 PM , Rating: 2
Price protection is typically 30 days here, except on things like laptops and PCs and software/games where it's only 15 days. Some smaller stores - e.g. Visions - have an interesting policy where the price protection is 30 days in cash and then another 30 days where you get in-store credit. That's why I bought my TV there. But in general no one gives you more than 30 days. I don't know about Costco though - we do have them here but I'm not a member (I only shop there when I go with friends who are members). We don't have Target and Sam's Club here.

It's always worth trying though, once I got a price protection refund for a $500 (!!) price drop on a Toshiba laptop even though I was one day too late (16 days later).

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