With Motorola and Sony Ericsson having some financial trouble as of late, Nokia is looking to stay ahead of the and maybe even get few customers from RIM and Apple with an across the board price cut.
The biggest cuts will be on 5310 and 5610 music phones and the 8GB N8, but most other handsets will be cut by around 10%.
At E3 today Sony announced that it would begin shipping a new PlayStation 3 SKU called the “Core Pack” in September that will feature an 80GB hard drive and sell for $399.
That would make it the same price as the 40GB version is now. No mention of a price cut for the 40GB version so it looks like Sony will most likely just be replacing the 40GB version with this one.
In what I’m sure is a move to help speed adoption of the HD disc format, Warner Bros. has announced that they will be dropping the price of its Blu-ray movies in September with some falling to as low as $11.
That’s not to say that the majority of them will be that cheap, but they should at be dropping at least a little bit.
They have not released a full list of titles and their new price but some of those falling to $11 will be:
- The Shining
- A Clockwork Orange
- The Aviator
- The Road Warrior
- Enter the Dragon
- The Fugitive
Look for more info closer to the time of the price drop.
The evidence pointing to a price cut for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 video game console was impossible to ignore and today Microsoft went ahead and made it official.
The current Xbox 360 Pro which comes with a 20GB hard drive will now sell for $299, down from $349. Additionally, a new Pro model was announced that will feature a 60GB hard drive and will take the $349 price point.
The new 60GB version will go on sale next month. For more info check out the press release here.
The drop to $299 makes the Xbox 360 cheaper than the Sony PlayStation 3 and just $50 more than the Nintendo Wii. No price drop is expected for either the PS3 or Wii.
If you are in the market for an inexpensive cellphone but want more than just a basic model, the price of the Palm Centro with AT&T has dropped $30.
Now, after rebates and signing a new two-year contract with AT&T, the Centro can be yours for $70.
I can’t say I’m a fan of Palm devices lately, but if you’re in the market for an inexpensive smartphone it might be worth checking out.
While the Xbox 360 is about to get a price cut (too much evidence now supporting it, even though Microsoft hasn’t yet made an official announcement), there has been some speculation that Sony will follow suit and announce their very own price cut for the PlayStation 3 console.
Sony CFO Nobuyuki Oneda has responded to the rumor and said that “our strategy is not to sell more quantity for PS3 but to concentrate on profitability…Our plan is not to reduce the price.”
That’s not to say a price cut won’t happen, just that their official position right now is that there will not be a price cut.
According to a leaked Wal-Mart data sheet obtained by Joystiq, a new Sony PlayStation 3 SKU is coming in August to replace the current 40GB model.
Nothing is really known about the possible replacement but it would like include the recently released DualShock 3 controller.
A price drop is also a possibility to help the PS3 against the Xbox 360 which seems likely to receive a price drop as well as an updated Pro model bundled with a 60GB hard drive.
If this is happening I’m sure we’ll hear something about it at E3…
According to some leaked promotional material from video games retailer GameStop, the Xbox 360 Pro will indeed be receiving a price drop to $299.99 on July 13th, a couple of days before E3 kicks off.
The title page on the leaked packet of material says “DO NOT DISPLAY UNTIL SUNDAY 7/13”. Oops.
There seems to be enough evidence now to stop considering this a rumor, even though Microsoft hasn’t officially announced anything yet.
According to a new picture that has surfaced of an upcoming Best Buy ad, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Pro will be getting a $50 price cut dropping it from $349 to $299.
The photo is allegedly from Best Buy’s sales circular that will run the week of July 13th, so the timing of it makes sense to me–a nice price drop right before E3.
While rumors of an Xbox 360 price drop in the US make their way around the Internet, a price drop has already hit Australia and New Zealand.
The price cuts are:
- Arcade: down $50 to AU$349
- Professional: down $180 to AU$499
- Elite: down $80 to AU$649
Readers in those countries probably caught this already but for the rest of us it’s worth mentioning that the price drop on the Arcade puts its price below the price of the Nintendo Wii which currently sells for AU$400.
Microsoft’s Xbox Group Manager Jeremy Hinton is quick to point out that each region is free to set their own pricing, so a cut in one region doesn’t necessarily point to a price cut in another.
Still, though, I’m thinking we’ll likely see a price cut in the US on at least one of the three Xbox 360 SKUs by the time E3 opens on July 15th.