Microsoft to phase out Xbox 360 Pro as part of price cut
As expected, Microsoft has dropped the prices of its Xbox 360 Elite and 360 Pro game consoles to $299 and $249, respectively, this morning. However, the company denies the price cut has anything to do with the recent Playstation 3 price cut, also to $299.
According to paidcontent.org:
But to hear Xbox 360 Product Manager David Dennis tell it, the price cut had nothing to do with Sony or the PS3--it's part of Microsoft's plan to phase out the mid-tier Xbox Pro. "We haven't been building the Pros anymore; we're phasing them out at a $249 price point. This is a manufacturing change that has been in the works for many months--we couldn't just make a global supply change within a week."
So there you have it. The 360 Pro is going bye-bye. The company also doesn't feel that the PS3 is its real competition either. And with 9 million PS3s sold compared to 16 million Xbox 360s, that's probably a fair assumption. Microsoft really wants to go after the PS2; with 138 million units sold, it's the best-selling game console of all time.
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Posted by Justin Davey at August 27, 2009 12:05 PM
Well, if Microsoft didn't planned it, it must have been a great timing for them. They just gave options to possible PS3 Slim buyers to take a second look of what they can have coz of this promo. As for me, I need to decide which console I should buy before Aion Online is launched.