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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: To answer your headline..
By aos007 on 7/9/2007 12:31:06 PM , Rating: 3
I agree, after 1.80 update PS3 became much more useful as a media device. You can stream anything if you set up the TVersity properly, though video quality is not very good for non-native codecs (which is pretty much everything right now). Audio and pictures are fine. And it's ALMOST quiet enough to be used as a media playback device (Xbox360 is much too loud). Blu-Ray and DVD upscaling are working very well, too.

I don't know how many times did the memory card reader come in handy for showing pictures immediately after a group outing. I never expected that feature to be useful to me. Sony did a great job with photo management.

Xbox360 is much better regarding the library of games though, so much so that PS3 isn't even in the running. For strictly a gamer, it's still too early to buy a PS3.

I personally like Microsoft's product CONCEPT better. The execution is another thing - someone already said that you can see which company is in hardware business and which one is in software business. The Xbox component design is excellent (symmetrical triple core, graphics etc.). But when it comes to putting it all together - mainboard design, cooling and construction - Microsoft committed mistakes that only can be due to inexperience. And they are paying for it - over a billion bucks too much. Why didn't they just hire or contract a few experienced hardware designers to throw that box together? It would've cost them far less.

In the end, any serious gamer will have both anyway.

And this price drop is welcome. A friend of mine was waiting for it, and has committed to buy as soon as stores actually start selling at $549. $100 off and 5 free Blu Ray movies did it for him. So the strategy is working with at least a certain segment of population (the ones wanting a Blu Ray player).

RE: To answer your headline..
By bplewis24 on 7/9/2007 1:55:07 PM , Rating: 2
Great and articulate post. I would've voted you up but I wanted to post this link:

Best Buy (I realize you were speaking for Canada and not the U.S.) has officially started selling the PS3 for $499 online. So that is a step in the right direction as far as confirmation for other territories is concerned.


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