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does this mean we will see 360light versions or something like that? A two core 360?
Nope.. They'll be the same. But he'll just be cutting prices.

Why bring out a two-core when games such as Gears of War utilize 3? Most games wouldn't run..
    
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Update: No price drop anytime soon...
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I don't see a reason for a price drop. MS is still not making profit on the boxes (maybe a little now... not sure, but definately not heaps), and there isn't any price pressure from competition. The Wii appeals to a different audience and thus isn't a real competitor of the XBOX (even when the price of the XBOX drops, not many potential Wii buyers will go XBOX). The PS3 is simply so much more expensive that it doesn't put downward price pressure on the XBOX 360.

Also, I don't see the PS3 dropping either, since Sony losses horrendous amounts on the PS3. By the time the Blu-Ray becomes cheaper, the PS3 might drop, but then you might as well get a Blu-Ray drive for your PC.
    
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Too bad; i wouldn't buy a system for more than 200 bucks, except maybe a graphics card.
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Thats £100 thats way to cheap for a console in my eyes, £150 atleast IMO.
You have to remember that console manufacturers need to brake even or be close to this.
I doesnt matter about the money they claim back they still need a decent return from consoles
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I think Microsoft reached a point of breaking even with production costs and sale price didn't they? So they weren't losing any money from the consoles but were making huge money from game developers.

If the 360 dropped to £150 or below I will get it, but that won't be for a while.
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I'm not going to feel any sympathy for the console developers. Yeah Sony is losing money on the PS3's...that is their problem, not mine. I didn't tell them to put a BR drive in it, I didn't tell them to put a Cell in it. The only thing the PS3 has on my rig is Folding power, and I got a whole computer for not much more than the cost of a pure gaming/folding box.

I understand that consoles have to evolve too, but there was absolutely no reason for Sony to throw so much high priced and moderately useful (at best) hardware into it. The could have dropped a dual core CPU and a geforce 7/radeon x800 series graphics chip into a revamped PS2, sold it for $300-$400 and made another fortune off it. Instead they went the route of using the newest tech at any price and it's still biting them in the arse today. How many of you built your PC's by going to newegg and looking for the most expensive version of each component, regardless of performance or ratings? Not many I'm sure, but that seems to be what Sony did for the PS3.

The way I look at it, consoles are a cheap replacement for a gaming PC. If I'm gonna tie up $400-$600, it's going to go into something more useful than a console. All this "xbox live" and such doesn't cut it either. If I have to scroll sideways or use a stripped down version of a website, it isn't worth the effort.

I'm old and cranky and set in my ways. Unfortunately for Sony, MS, and Nintendo, I will never see consoles as a serious contender against PC's, so they should be priced accordingly. Nintendo seems to agree
 
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Thats £100 thats way to cheap for a console in my eyes, £150 atleast IMO.
You have to remember that console manufacturers need to brake even or be close to this.
I doesnt matter about the money they claim back they still need a decent return from consoles
Sometimes they risk it and make a small loss on the console but then make big profit on games and accesories
    
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I think even with a price cut, they would only gain in america, who knows if the price cut would be effective in Japan, Asutrailia and europe. Japan couldn't give 2 craps about the 360 where they couldn't give it away with the wii's they are selling....They want RPGs and "Different" games, and microsoft basically goes by the books when it comes to game design. Also they need something to compete with Final Fantasy and i don't think they will ever match it.
I know the world market is important to microsoft, but personally I couldn't give 2 craps about whether Japan's bizarre consumer base wants our games or not. Their xenophobic shopping tactics insure that they won't buy anything American regardless of its merit, therefore I refuse to buy nintendo or sony products. So there Japan.

In europe though I think a cut would help very much. I hear european residents complain about the 360's high price constantly on forums.
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I know the world market is important to microsoft, but personally I couldn't give 2 craps about whether Japan's bizarre consumer base wants our games or not. Their xenophobic shopping tactics insure that they won't buy anything American regardless of its merit, therefore I refuse to buy nintendo or sony products. So there Japan.

In europe though I think a cut would help very much. I hear european residents complain about the 360's high price constantly on forums.
What about everything else from Japan?

Isn't Samsung, LGE etc from Japan/Asian countries?
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