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Circuit City flyer clearly marking the new Xbox 360 prices  (Source: NeoGAF)
Microsoft Xbox 360 Premium plunges $50, Elite ebbs $30, Core cut $20

Another picture of an upcoming circular for a major electronics retailer shows price cuts across the board for the Xbox 360.

Shown in the Circuit City flyer are new prices for all three versions of the Microsoft console, with the Premium 20GB version getting the expected $50 price cut. Circuit City is also offering a free copy of Rockstar Table Tennis with the purchase of the Xbox 360 Premium.

The two other Xbox 360 products, however, will not be getting as considerable a price cut as its more common brethren.

The Xbox 360 Elite, which features an HDMI port and a 120GB hard drive, will only be receiving a $30 price cut down to $449. The Xbox 360 Core package, which is missing the hard drive and other accessories, will see an even smaller cut of $20 to $279.

These prices indicate smaller price adjustments than originally forecasted by Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter, who believed that the $299 Core system would drop to $249, the $399 Premium down to $349, and the $479 Elite to $399.

Although Microsoft has yet to formally announce new pricing of its console, retailer ads from Wal-Mart and Toys “R” Usalso indicate lower prices hitting on August 12.

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A litle odd
By MonkeyPaw on 7/31/2007 5:36:41 PM , Rating: 2
Looking at these price cuts, I'm surprised MS keeps the Core around--at least in its current storage-less state. Obviously, these price cuts look like an effort to get consumers to buy a 360 with a HDD, as this opens the door to MS's various marketplaces and Live (where they probably make decent revenue). With the price cut, I figured the Core would drop to compete directly with the Wii, but it doesn't. Perhaps MS would have been better off keeping the Core $299 but include a 20GB HDD and keep the tethered controller. Premium could go to a Sony-like 80GB and wireless for $349. For something with the word "Premium" attached, a 20gb HDD is insufficient for something like the Video Marketplace. MS might be better off focusing the Core system on strictly gaming (one that allows saves!), and the Premium and Elite models towards the additional services of the 360.

RE: A litle odd
By Xerio on 7/31/2007 7:15:54 PM , Rating: 2
I agree whole-heartedly. The Core system is pretty much a waste. I would almost rather have an Xbox 1 than the Core system, if not for the better graphics and newer games. The fact that Microsoft released the 360 without an HDD at all is surprising if you think about it. At least make the core $250 to compete with the Wii.

RE: A litle odd
By JCheng on 7/31/2007 8:49:12 PM , Rating: 2
The Core is actually awesome as a Vista Media Center extender (and it better be, as there still are no non-Xbox360 extenders on the market yet). It also makes a good backup unit, for the two weeks that your Premium system is out for RROD service. ;)

RE: A litle odd
By NordicNINE on 8/1/2007 7:05:00 PM , Rating: 2
I was going to say why use the Core for a Media Center Extender when it doesn't include the remote.
Then, I looked up the Premium as it looks like it doesn't either.
Seems as though it was just an initial offering during the first Christmas season.

Still, $279 +$29 for the Xbox universal remote is pretty tempting.

RE: A litle odd
By mcturkey on 7/31/2007 10:56:58 PM , Rating: 2
Problem with the core price cut is that I've not seen too many cores available for purchase anyway. Given the supply situation, I rather suspect the only units being produced now are Elites, with the remaining stock of Premiums and Cores already in the channel being enough to satisfy demand until the 65nm is in full production (actually, if it's going to arrive in time for the Halo edition 360, it must already be in production).

Speaking of the Halo 360, it damn well better be the 65nm redesign, because I don't want to give up my fully working launch 90nm unit for a 90nm unit that just might die.

RE: A litle odd
By Moishe on 8/1/2007 7:55:47 AM , Rating: 2
Even if the Halo 360 is the 90nm version it'll still be better than the original 360s. MS would definitely apply the new anti-RROD stuff to a new temporary version. Remember, it's not the 90nm chip that is the problem, it's the way the parts were designed to assemble.

But still, I see what you're saying. I'd be really surprised if the halo 360 isn't 65nm.

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