It’s official: Xbox 360 Elite Price Drop

 

Starting Friday, August 28th (tomorrow) the price of the Xbox 360 Elite is getting a one-hundred dollar price cut in the United States.

Here is how the new pricing breaks down:

Xbox 360 Elite $399.99 now $299.99*
Xbox 360 Pro $299.99 now $249.99*  While supplies last
Xbox 360 Arcade $199.99 $199.99*
    * (ERP) Estimated retail price in the United States

Betcha didn’t see that coming…did you ?

 New Xbox 360 Elite boxNew Xbox 360 Arcade box

In addition, we’ve rolled out some new packaging, that some of you may have already spotted in your local stores. I’ve uploaded pictures of the new packing images to my Flickr account you can take a peak.

 

 

Comments

  • KP ScuzzyBunny

    Just to clarify…while I think it’s garbage that the Elite loses both sets of HD cables (I see no excuse at all for the “dual” cable that has always come with the Pro…HDMI I can understand s bit), but the PS3 has NEVER come with any HD cables. On the plus side, stores like Gamestop have used HDMI cables for around $20 (some pretty good quality), and the dual cable for $15-ish, so it’s not buying them is a deal breaker. Of course, this price drop should cover all models in stock, so if you can find a RE5, GOTY, or “old” Elite bundle, you’ll get a much better deal for $299!

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  • erichsouza76

    Price cuts are always welcome but the new Elite SKU is a shame to be shipped without both HDMI and component cables.
    So why not call this new SKU as an Arcade Plus or something like it?
    Really, is THAT expensive to include a single cable for HDTV? Even so, with HDD prices dropping so low and with nothing special about the HDD used on the 360, just that of a price cut?
    Not even to mention that STILL at this time, none of the SKUs have the wireless adapter which still costs a lot for a crappy USB wi-fi.
    Now THAT’S a great marketing strategy.
    Just a piece of advice? Try to find out if the ppl behind this AWESOME strategy are getting paid by Sony because with this amazing MASTERPIECE of marketing strategy, Microsoft is giving Sony an excellent chance to introduce the PS3 Slim with a blast of advantage over the 360.

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  • DonP97

    This. Is. Good. Now I can do like ‘the vowel’ and get a 2nd 360 for the living room for watching Netflix and stuff. Watching videos in the game room was not comfortable for the fam (especially since the kids arent allowed in the game room).

    This is good.

    Total cost argument from PS3 folks is valid however. I would like the WiFi dongle to be lowered in price, PLEASE?

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  • Aynodok

    Now that PRO is over and Arcade is the only White option… it would be nice to have black accessories like messenger kit or wifi adapter😄

    And… its non of this matter but… it will be okay to return to the “old” games library, showing the 3 last played games and not only the last 3 played games that are in the hard drive…

    See ya!

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  • KP ScuzzyBunny

    @SalamanderSkill…how is a 120Gb HDD in the Elite smaller than the 120Gb HDD in the new PS3? Sony has phased out the 160Gb model, and it was never $299 (I think to clear stock it dropped to $350). I still prefer Netflix and the Zune marketplace for my movies, both of which have HD available, and there are very few Blu-Ray discs I pick up…that feature just isn’t a selling point for me. Built in wireless and the ease/ options available for storage are better on the PS3 (you can save games on Flash drives, swap hard drives, and use external hard drives), and I really don’t see why MS doesn’t patch some of those kinds of features in, as it’s mostly software (not the wireless, unfortunately, but they could easily build it in the new Elite system). Honestly, even the rest of this year’s update is moot with the PS3, as even though it technically doesn’t have Twitter, Facebook, or Netflix, it does have a web browser, which should allow someone to use all three, right?

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  • SalamanderSkill

    KP – My bad on the HDD size… I should have emphasized on the fact that PS3 allows you to install your own 2.5″ HDD whereas MS sells ludicrous priced HDDs.

    More importantly why can MS cover only certain aspects of it’s faulty console under their warranty? The whole damn thing has problems from day 1.. Surely it’s illegal in some countries for this BS warranty Ms offer… The whole thing is faulty thus the WHOLE thing chould be covered under warranty for 5+ years…

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  • LuKhon

    Major’s photos seem to show that a COMPOSITE cable comes with the Elite, but on Xbox.com’s compare page (http://www.xbox.com/en-US/hardware/compare101.htm) it says the HD component cable comes in the box.

    Has anyone purchased a new Elite and can confirm that it only comes with a composite cable?

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  • Arsenic13

    Price drops are good in all but seriously? Not make the HDD standard? Thats kinda of BS. MS just had the opportunity to rid the gaming world of games that don’t require a HDD to play. Requiring a HDD would push games a bit further. Look at GTA, didnt they say they had a small issue since the HDD wasnt standard on an Xbox? Why not have the Pro at $199 and the elite at $299? Take a risk MS, you could of made all the games on consoles slightly better.

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  • CYRiC345

    Sweet now like others have said how about a price drop on the HD? I’ve had a 360 for 3 years now and it’s time to upgrade the drive but I can’t bring myself to pay $129.99 for 120gb…

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  • Goodeye84

    Major please tell me you were being sarcastic with that “betcha ya never saw that coming” line there cause for 1) we have seen the leaked ads for over a week and secondly the ps3 is at the same price it makes complete sense you would at least try to match them if not undercut them. If you really thought that we would be all suprised by this then your not really in touch with the community like you say u are

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  • wolfzero01

    nice to see the price drop in response to the PS3 slim, although you should phase out the Arcade not the Pro. I hope the next announcement is a price drop for the 120GB hard drive & possibly a bigger one, especially since you expect people to use the overpriced Games On Demand.

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  • HazyCloud

    It was nice to see that Elites at Best Buy last night for 399 sans an HDMI cable and a component cable. *facepalm* Why in the hell did you guys remove both HD cables from the Elites? Everyone knows how much bad crap Sony got for doing it. Sure, we all know you can get HDMI cables on the cheap. However, the target demographic will pick up the Monster or some other cable that is ridiculously overpriced. Couldn’t that have been spent on Xbox 360 games or accessories?

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  • LuKhon

    Goodeye84 please tell me you were being sarcastic with that “Major please tell me you were being sarcastic” line there cause for 1) Every gaming article/blog about the PS3 Slim always followed with the prediction that MS was going to do a price drop 2) Major lives and breathes gaming so what makes you think he would be that out of teach. If you really thought he wasn’t being sarcastic by “betch ya never saw that coming” then you’re (not your) not really in touch with Major Nelson and his reputation like you pretend to be.

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  • StabaCadaver

    If your looking for an ultimate gaming machine buy a 360. If you want a sweet movie player buy a ps3. I can’t believe people still compare the 2 as if both are game consoles. lol.

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  • a peeking duck

    Of course we expected this.😛

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  • Xbox Sonic

    anyway price dropping is a good news to new players.
    but could you please keep the HDMI cable? don’t be silly like that sony.

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  • SalamanderSkill

    Price dropping the STILL faulty console is good. I like to know I’m paying less for broken goods. “3+ years selling broken consoles to consumers and proud of it” Xbox marketing division….

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  • ushman360

    where can I get a transfer cable at?

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  • Since 1981

    If you need an HDMI cable, just pick up a bunch from Monoprice on the cheap. The Elite effectively costs $307 now, which is a nice price drop.

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  • Anonymous

    Of course we saw this coming, how else does Microsoft respond to a 120 GB PS3 slim?

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  • Louie

    I thought it was a 160GB PS3 slim?

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  • Chux

    “Betcha didn’t see that coming…did you ?”

    I hope you’re joking, this has been as much of a secret as the PS3 slim has been.

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  • Frayteez

    Nice price drop! Now please lower the 120 HDD as well. Can’t wait next year to see the Natal 360 bundle. With games on demand will we ever see more storage? 500GB or even 1TB? I’m limited on my 20gb right now😦

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  • DJMNTS

    MS really needs to drop the price of the Wi-Fi adaptor! It really should be included for free.

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  • Mario23air

    I love my 360 but I think at the same price the PS3 Slim is going to kill the Elite. MS should have dropped the Elite to $250, The Pro to $200 and the Arcade to $150.

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