While some retailers are already starting to show a new, lower price for the 120GB add-on hard drive for the Xbox 360 console, Microsoft has finally made it official.
The new price for the drive is $149, down from $179.
According to some a price point of $199 is the magic number for a game console to hit before people on the fence about about buying one will hop off and snatch it up. So far no current generation console is (or below) that point but it looks like Microsoft may be the first there.
I’m not sure which retailer’s inventory system this picture is from, but it shows that the Xbox 360 Arcade (the model without a hard drive) will be hitting $199.99 on September 7th.
Other price reductions that could happen around that same time would be the Pro with a 60GB hard drive dropping to $299 and the Elite with a 120GB hard drive dropping to $399.
If you don’t have an Xbox 360 yet but are thinking about it you might want to wait a few weeks and see if all these price drops come true. You might want to also think about getting one with a hard drive. If you don’t get a hard drive right away I can’t imagine you’ll be able to go long without adding one because of how limited your experience will likely be (games will take longer because they won’t be able to store videos on the hard drive, no place to store game demo downloads, no place to store downloaded TV shows and movies, etc.), so I’d recommend getting the Pro or Elite.
Opting for an SSD (Solid-State Disk) add quite a bit to the price of a notebook computer so its better, right?
Its not looking that way, especially if this story is true.
According to an analyst at Avian Securities, an unnamed “large computer manufacturer” is having 10 – 20 percent of their notebooks equipped with an SSD returned due to technical failure.
If that number is anywhere near accurate in saying that 10 – 20% of SSDs failure, that’s a pretty big deal. For comparison, the failure rate on traditional hard drives is around 1%.
The name of the “large computer manufacturer” was not released, but some are assuming its Dell.
Apart from the possible 10 – 20 percent failure rate, current SSDs are actually worse than traditional hard drives when reading or writing small, sequential files.
If you’re thinking about ordering a new laptop with a SSD, you might want to wait a few months when faster (and hopefully more reliable) drives are available.
UPDATE: Dell has fired back saying they are not the “large computer manufacturer” mentioned in the report by Avian Securities and that its a lie–SSDs are not less reliable. Check out the story here.