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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Game Console Wars Battle On

As rumored, Microsoft announced it is lowering the price of the Xbox 360 by $50 so hold off until tomorrow if you plan to buy one. The 20-gigabyte hard drive version will now cost $349.
A basic console without a hard drive or wireless controllers will retail for $279, $20 less than its current price, while the Xbox 360 Elite, a black version with a 120-gigabyte hard drive and HD video support, will drop $50 to $449.

(It's no coincidence this price reduction comes just ahead of "Madden NFL 08" on Aug. 14. "Madden NFL Football" is the is the top-selling video game franchise of the past 10 years.)

Sony slashed the price of its 60-gigabyte PlayStation 3 to $499, from $599, in early July. One reason for that $100 price cut is because those babies aren't selling too much. From my canddid conversations with local video gaming store personnel, the PS3 is sitting on shelves and being rerturned by customers.

So does this mean Nintendo will shave some sheckels off the Wii? If anything they should raise the $250 sticker price. Since its release late last year the Wii has been harder to find than an Bin Laden holding an iPhone. Maybe Nintendo didn't expect the demand or maybe its a slick marketing move but the Wii generates the most buzz and, by my family's account, the most fun.

The Garfield boys got their Wii in early July and we already had to replace the batteries on the Wiimote because of non-stop usage. We had to make a chart of who gets to play and when. And I'm close to seeing a doctor for Wii tennis elbow. This console is the most fun we have had in a long time and now I'm counting down for the release of Tiger Woods 08 in a few weeks.

Need to make a decision on buying a gaming system? If you can find it, get TWO Wii systems. One for your family and one for your friend who will come over to play and want his own.

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