271w ago - Microsoft has announced another round of price drops for the Xbox 360, and it's easy to see their plan, one where they hope to sell you accessories that are available in their high-end model later.
The question is, should someone base their decision on buying the Xbox 360 solely on the cheap price of the Arcade version, or should they look deeper into what's offered for both of the bottom range of systems?
To begin, we have to get to the heart of the issue, the cost of the systems and what they come with. So, here we go:
Playstation 3: Price: $399
-80GB Hard Drive
-Blu-Ray disc player
-1080p upscaling for DVD playback
-Free membership on Playstation Network
Xbox 360: Price: $199.99
-disc with five games: Pac-Man Championship Edition, Boom Boom Rocket, Luxor 2, Feeding Frenzy and UNO
As you can see, while the Xbox 360 arcade offers a $200 cheaper price, the hardware offering falls significantly short. So, let's bring the Xbox 360 up to par on hardware, and see what kind of total cost we end up with:
Two hard drives are available, 20GBb ($99.99) and 120 GB ($149.99), so we'll have to do two different versions for fairness.
284w ago - Lets face, E3 is only a short while away, 2 weeks today actually it kicks off with Microsoft's press conference. But what can we expect before E3 with the pre-E3 conferences.
First off, there are some pretty big changes. While Reggie Fils-Aime is still at Nintendo, Phil Harrison and Peter Moore have now bitten the dust from Sony and Microsoft and are now at EA Sports and Atari which means no fun with them this year (Especially Peter).
But what can Sony pull out of the bag for their conference this year? Well, we tell you all here what could possibly happen at that conference on July 15th.
Hardware: This will most likely be the PlayStation 2's final appearence at E3 after the short time they had on it last year. There could be one final swansong game for the PS2 unveiled at E3 to send the console off to Videogaming heaven but that is very doubtful sadly.
As for the PSP, it needs a shunt in the back-side. Not since May of last year have I got a PSP game which was Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops. Since then, nothing has come close to interesting me for the PSP (Bar God of War: Chains of Olympus but I'm too poor to get it right now) and now the PSP is dying because of a lack of games so maybe some new games should be coming out of E3.