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(Reuters)   Microsoft hires Slingbox founder to head its Xbox division, complete transition of Xbox from game console to do-it-all home entertainment center   (reuters.com) divider line 54
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2013-01-11 07:21:26 PM

Electrify: CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME WHY 6-7 YEAR OLD GAMING HARDWARE STILL COSTS $250-300?!?

/not including the 4GB Xbox 360, which should cost under $100 now - if even exist at all
//feel especially bad for Europeans, since they can buy a 12GB PS3 for $240 USD, but have to spend $15 on a HDD mounting bracket and $70 for a real hard disk - and at $325 it STILL works out to be cheaper than a PS3 with a hard disk for $370 USD?!?


It's simple really. Until the next gen systems are out, people have to get these ones. Why the hell would they lower the price? If they can get the masses to continue to buy older system at those prices then so be it. When the next gen systems come out, at a retail price of $700 for which the companies will still lose $100-150/unit to make, then they may consider dropping the price of the obsolete consoles by $20 or 30. And don't even think about using your old games with the new system. They won't work. Of course, that is a feature so be happy about that.
 
2013-01-11 09:47:11 PM

Unoriginal_Username: Electrify: CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME WHY 6-7 YEAR OLD GAMING HARDWARE STILL COSTS $250-300?!?

/not including the 4GB Xbox 360, which should cost under $100 now - if even exist at all
//feel especially bad for Europeans, since they can buy a 12GB PS3 for $240 USD, but have to spend $15 on a HDD mounting bracket and $70 for a real hard disk - and at $325 it STILL works out to be cheaper than a PS3 with a hard disk for $370 USD?!?

It's simple really. Until the next gen systems are out, people have to get these ones. Why the hell would they lower the price? If they can get the masses to continue to buy older system at those prices then so be it. When the next gen systems come out, at a retail price of $700 for which the companies will still lose $100-150/unit to make, then they may consider dropping the price of the obsolete consoles by $20 or 30. And don't even think about using your old games with the new system. They won't work. Of course, that is a feature so be happy about that.


By the time the PS3 came out in North America, the PS2 was 6 years old and cost $100. The economy was also much stronger back then as well, so people had more discretionary income to spend on entertainment items like video games.

Though you are right I guess, if Sony and Microsoft can still sell these systems at these high prices, why wouldn't they?

/got my Xbox 360 during that short period when the 20GBs were being phased out for $250 or $270, can't remember
//5 years old now, and no RROD
///got my PS3 on Boxing Day last year for $200
 
2013-01-12 04:11:37 PM
I had to take the plunge and buy a new xbox 360 so i could be like all the cool kids, and haved a consile, last console I owned was a genesis, and because everyone is always playing each other online.  And consoles have some great no brainer games.

I signed up for 2 years live of xbox gold and i was able to print out a coupon that let me get the XBOX 250 gig for 99 bucks at best buy.  Came with a Forza and Skyrim, and a wireless controller.  I would have had to pay for live anyway, so i might as well save the money.
 
2013-01-14 01:27:18 AM

theflatline: I had to take the plunge and buy a new xbox 360 so i could be like all the cool kids, and haved a consile, last console I owned was a genesis, and because everyone is always playing each other online.  And consoles have some great no brainer games.

I signed up for 2 years live of xbox gold and i was able to print out a coupon that let me get the XBOX 250 gig for 99 bucks at best buy.  Came with a Forza and Skyrim, and a wireless controller.  I would have had to pay for live anyway, so i might as well save the money.


If it is the promotion I'm thinking of, that Live subscription is grossly overpriced at $15 per month ($180 per year). A 12 month subscription comes to $5 per month ($60 per year), and even standard by the month rates are $9 per month ($108 per year). And this is ignoring the fact that almost everything Xbox Live offers you is free on PS3, PC, and mobile platforms.

I don't pay for Xbox Live now because of that, the only way I would consider paying $15 per month for Live is if the 250GB 360 was free, and those who subscribed to the offer could get the 720 at half price with an extended warranty included.
 
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