Archive for Price Cut

TGS 09: CONFIRMED: Nintendo Announce Wii Price-Cut

Posted in Nintendo Wii, Tokyo Games Show 2009 with tags , on September 24, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen


In your face, Kaz.

Nintendo’s just announced a price-cut for the Wii, one which has been rumored for some time now. The price is now $199, down from $249 in the US and Japan.

This aint Sony’s day is it?

PR is after the jump.

Continue reading

CONFIRMED: Xbox 360 Gets Price Cuts and Hikes

Posted in Microsoft Games Studios, Xbox 360, Xbox Live with tags , , , , on August 27, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

xbox-360It’s official.

Microsoft has announced that the Xbox 360 will now get a price-cut for the Elite, a price-hike for the Arcade and the discontinuation of the Pro SKU.

Starting off, the Elite is now at £199/$299. Less then a PS3 Slim by £50 in the UK, but on par with it in the US. Meanwhile, the Arcade gets a price-hike of  £159.99, up £30.

We’ve got two press releases for you. One from the UK and one from the US.

Both are after the jump. The UK’s PR will be at the top.

Continue reading

SCEE: GamesCom Conference Lasting an Hour, Not Three

Posted in GamesCOM - Cologne 2009, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Network, PlayStation Store, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios with tags , , , , , , on August 12, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

PS3SCEE’s confirmed to VG247 that it’s three-hour press conference is actually only an hour long.

Well, two hours if you count sitting down, the conference, assumingly for the German part of the conference and leaving. The console holder also confirmed that it’ll begin at 6pm BST on Tuesday, thats 7pm GMT in Cologne.

Earlier in July, the publisher stated it would be a three hour conference, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. But now, it will only last from 6:30pm-8:30pm GMT . However, rampant speculation as to what will be mentioned during the conference is still growing by the day, particuarly the price-cut.

According to MCV, UK retailers are being stripped of PS3s in antcipation for a new price-point, hence “price-cut”. As to what the price will be reduced to is unknown, but a fair guess would be £199 with the PS3 Slim due to come in at £249.

However, SCEE did confirm that news on the EU version of the Video Store, which has been live in the US for a good part of a year now, will be mentioned during the conference. The news came from the EU PS Blog.

Speculation is still riffe that the PS3 Slim, the price cut; which seems to be all but confirmed, and a date for Gran Turismo 5 will all be announced during the event.

Keep an eye on Tuesday then.

PS3 Gets Unofficial Price Cut in Spain and Italy

Posted in GamesCOM - Cologne 2009, PlayStation 3 with tags , , , , on August 6, 2009 by James Love


For many months now, there has been much rumour and speculation about the PS3 receiving a price cut (possibly in the run-up to a new Slim edition), with Activision CEO Bobby Kotick calling for the price to be slashed.

It seems the price has been cut by some major retailers in mainland Europe, unofficially for the meantime.

Spanish retailler Alternate have cut the price from €399 to €299, whilst in Italy retail giant CHL have reduced the price of the console yet further from €389 to €249.

Whether the price will be officially cut at GamesCom remains to be seen, but these two drastic cuts would indicate a price drop is inevitable. From the changes in price made by Alternate and CHL, prices in the UK and US could be expected to be approximately £199 and $299 respectively if cuts occur there too.

And Japan looks set to be readying in the price-cut, or for another SKU, in some fashion.

Kotaku (via Japanese gaming blog Hatimaki) have reported that pre-orders for the 80GB (black, white and silver models) will not be taken after August 9th at 10am, at the request of the manufacturer. The notice also states that all in-store displays for the 80GB SKU are to be removed too, leaving Japan without a PS3 console, with either the 160GB model coming on sale or nothing until the PS3 Slim is, inevitably, revealed.

Thanks, Gamezine

SCEE: We Respect Acti’s Opinion But No Comment

Posted in Activision, PlayStation 3 with tags , , , , on June 19, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

playstation-3Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has told GOONL!NE that although they respect Activision opinion that they will pull PlayStation support unless they cut the price of the PS3, they will not be commenting on the matter. The official statement given to us by a SCEE rep goes as so:

We respect our third parties opinions and their right to express those opinions but we will not be commenting on this story.

It comes as Bobby Kotick revealed that his company may pull support for the PLAYSTATION 3 unless a price cut comes into effect, but Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter said to VG247 that they were bluffing. Keep an eye on this one, this is gonna get uglier before it gets better we think.

Activision Issue a Cut or Run Ultimatium to Sony

Posted in Activision, PlayStation 3 with tags , , , , , , on June 19, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

ps3UPDATE: SCEE has replied to GOONL!NE, giving a no comment.


Activision-Blizzard president Bobby Kotick has come out to The Times online stating that Sony needs to cut the price for the PLAYSTATION 3 or they will pull support for PS3 and PSP. That means big games like Modern Warfare, Call of Duty and Guitar Hero will not be on the system any more.

They have to cut the price, because if they don’t, the attach rates are likely to slow. If we are being realistic, we might have to stop supporting Sony. Games generate a better return on invested capital on the Xbox than on the PlayStation.

However, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has said to VG247 that Acti are bluffing though.

Of course Bobby’s bluffing, and good for him. I think Bobby’s obviously interested in Sony selling as many PS3s as they possibly can, and he’s not happy with their penetration so far. I think he favours a price cut, and would rather see one sooner than later.

We’ve left an email with SCEE to respond to it.

PS3 Price-Cut to Come in August

Posted in GamesCOM - Cologne 2009, PlayStation 3 with tags , , , , on June 9, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen


It’s incoming now, like a fucking fraight train.

IndustryGamers is reporting that a price cut for the PLAYSTATION 3 is coming in August, the same time as Madden NFL 10 launches. Guess what else takes place in August? GamesCOM in Cologne, Germany. According to Arvind Bhatia, analyst at Sterne Agee:

industry sources indicate Sony is planning a $100 price cut on the PS3 in mid-August, just prior the launch of Madden (8/18) and the start of the back to school shopping season. This will naturally be a positive for the industry

An added quote from Bhatia added:

The industry is alive and well. While software sales for the first half of 2009 are expected to be down mid-single-digits, we believe the second half, in contrast, will likely be up 10% to 15% driven by a robust lineup, easier comparisons and potential price cut(s).

GC Cologne (not GC Leipzig, thats Game Convention which is dead to us console lot) takes place from August 19th – August 23rd.