XBox, PS2 and GameCube Have One Price

Hot on Sony's heels, Microsoft announced that they are also chopping the US price of the XBox to US$199 from US$299. Just one day after Sony, Microsoft decided they had to be quick in order to stay alive in the console market.
Microsoft also announced plans to lower the price of the XBox in Japan to US$193 from the current US$270. It is a very rational move considering that the XBox has met with a very hesitant reception in the land of the rising sun.

This move brings the three main rivals in console hardware, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, offering their products for the same price. This clearly means that Nintendo are currently in an uncomfortable position since their console is stripped of the luxuries carried by its other two rivals. Nintendo had announced that they had no plans to lower the price of the GameCube but current developments suggest that they will proceed with some form of price cut. If they do not, they will have to solely rely on their admitedly strong fan loyalty in order to achieve their sales targets.

With prices evening out it is thought that the new consoles will appeal to a lrger market and this in turn means that the real battle will be fought in the content sector. Sony already have a wide variety of titles, catering to the needs of almost any age group. Nintendo are also well equipped to deal with a large and varied consumer range, all that Microsoft know have to do is convince future customers that they will offer a wide and attractive selection of titles for their console.

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XBox, PS2 and GameCube Have One Price

I Tink its good to see whats happening in the console market... u cant have on game station dominate the rest... think about the price of a game will cost or even the box... with competition, customers have a better idea of what to buy or at the amount they are willing to spend buying a game console... more competition...means more price cuts =-=-=-=-=-=-if they could drop thw price to about $150 or even 20 bucks as the other guy said...that would be nice-=-=-=-=-=-=-

XBox, PS2 and GameCube Have One Price

Myself, I consider this an excellent turn of events. For once we've actually got a 'real' console war on our hands. With the prices of all three consoles being so closely matched ($199 for the PS2 & Xbox, $149 for the GC), the battle will come down to who has the deepest pockets, and who has the best games out / comming out. We can only hope this will turn out to be the AMD vs. Intel of the Console Market. Constant 1 up-man-ship at the benefit of the consumer.Now that the price issue is going to be a non-existant one, performance and content will rule the market, which is something that's going to be a problem for the GameCube which has few titles out for it. The PS2 has it's years head start and is well off, the Xbox, with 200 titles by Christmas time is looking to be in excellent shape as well.That being said, I own an Xbox, may the rich ppl at Microsoft crush the competition!

XBox, PS2 and GameCube Have One Price

TAGGE, NINTENDO WILL DO JUST FINE...THEY ALWAYS SURVIVE, AND THEIR MAKING MONEY. UNLIKE THE X-BOX THATS LOSING MONEY. YES THEY'RE IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL,BUT HOW MUCH ARE THEY WILLING TO LOSE IS THE GOLDEN QUESTION? BUT DON'T COUNT OUT NINTENDO...THEY ALWAYS COME UP WITH SOMETHING. NINTENDO HAS ALWAYS SAID.."IT'S NOT THE QUANTITY OF GAMES, BUT THE QUALITY" AND THEIR EXCLUSIVE TITLES NO MATTER HOW "KIDDIE" THEY ARE WILL SELL SYSTEMS FOR THEM....THEN AGAIN PERFECT DARK, ETERNAL DARKNESS, RESIDENT EVIL, METROID, AND RUMORS HAVE IT ANOTHER CONKERS BAD FUR DAY TITLE...ARE NOT WHAT YOU WOULD CALL "KIDDIE" GAMES. PS2 IS INFERIOR IN HARDWARE TO THE OTHER CONSOLES, HOWEVER THEY HAVE THE LION SHARE OF THE MARKET, AND THE MARKET IS DRIVEN BY MONEY...DEVELOPERS WILL ALWAYS DEVELOP FOR SONY, NO MATTER HOW INFERIOR THE HARDWARE IS...."MONEY TALKS AND B.S WALKS." MICROSOFT IS THE LONE BOY THAT HAS EVERYTHING TO PROVE. ADVICE TO X-BOX AND CO....EASE UP ON THE PC PORTS...THEY CAN'T COMPARE TO THE PC, AND CONSOLE OWNERS TEND TO PREFER CONSOLE STYLE GAMES THAT HAVE SIMPLE LEARNING CURVES THAT YOU CAN PICK UP AND PLAY RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX.....

XBox, PS2 and GameCube Have One Price

Well is some ways i would agree with the dood who has to use taps lock the X-box is a pile of crap, it's a console tring to be a computer and a crap computer at that it's a huge waste of space and the controllers suck. However i don't agree with what he's/she's is impliling that PS2 is about Quantity not Quality, yes PS2 has more games But it also has more good games, a lot more good games (plus some really shit ones) but theres a choese on what you want to play, not some bull crap pokemon (or how ever you spell it) there was only really one good game that 64 had and that was golden eye, nintendos games will never meet up to the stuff on playstation like FF, SSX, GTA3, GT3, Half Life, Silent Hill, etc.the only way X-box would be any good and make back the money it's lost would be to rename it XXX-boxX-box SUX PEN15 AND SO DOES GAME CUBELONG LIVE PLAY STATION 2

XBox, PS2 and GameCube Have One Price

Ha! Console gamers. The X-Box came out with such a proverbial 'bang!' that it hit the floor, sank right to the bottom and and is still floating there like a turd in bedpan. As for the GameKyoob, i have nothing more to say than the fact that it is a console aimed at little children, with childish games and a colorful case. PS2 is about the only decent console out there right now, it is aimed at serious gamers who cant afford a decent clone and has games that outdo both X-Box's and GameCube's games by quality and quantity. Three facts:1 - The X-Box is made by Micro$oft which in my book is a big 'NO'. They cant even make an OS right. They didn't even make it for christ's sake, they hired some other companies to develop it and they just wrote the code. Trust them to make a console? I think not. (LNX user myself)2 - GameCube, If you enjoy having low quality games on a low end console then go ahead and waste your money. The GameCube offers 'Smash brothers' like games and sore hands from the badly engineered controller.3 - PS2 was designed for optimum performance. Sony actually made most of the components inside the console. The system is not so fast at boot but the smooth gameplay well compensates for the few extra seconds of loading. Sony had an idea, not dollar signs in their eyes (of course its their job and they get paid for it, but they took some care and presented the end user with a product thats well worth the extra cash you spend on it)With those thoughts in mind i leave you to make up your own opinion.Entropy

XBox, PS2 and GameCube Have One Price

ENTROPY, "LOWER QUALITY" GAMES BY THE GAMECUBE??? LOW END CONSOLE??? THE HARDWARE INSIDE THE GAMECUBE IS SUPERIOR TO THE PS2. THE PS2 DOES NOT SUPPORT FSAA. THAT'S WHY SOME GAMES DO NOT LOOK CRISP. ALSO WITH LIMITED VIDEO RAM, GAMES SUCH AS MAX PAYNE LOOK CRAP IN COMPARISON TO THE X-BOX VERSION OR THE PC. YES IT'S TRUE SONY HAS THE PUBLISHERS ON IT'S SIDE, HOWEVER, WHEN A GAME IS RELEASED CROSS PLATFORM, THE PS2 VERSION IS ALWAYS LACKING IN VISUALS AND GAME PLAY WHEN STACKED UP TO THE GAME CUBE AND X-BOX. IE. SLOW DOWN AND LOW FRAME RATES. (BLAME THAT ON THE CPU AND GPU) THAT'S WHY THE PS2 RESOLUTION IS LOWER, SO IT CAN RUN AT A DECENT FRAME RATE. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE GTA3 ON THE X-BOX. IT WILL LOOK BETTER THEN THE PS2 VERSION. THE PC JUST GOT IT. AND IT SMOKES THE PS2 ASS. HI RESOLUTION AND A SUPERIOR VIDEO CARD WILL DO THAT........

XBox, PS2 and GameCube Have One Price

DrDeath, from what i have gathered from reading your article you seem to be compating the PS2 to an x86 clone. Of course PCs will always be superior, always have been, the x86 architecture allows it to do that. But still the fact of the matter stands. Let me put it in the form of a question. Has micro$oft made even one good, secure and stable system? I believe the answear is obvious, no. So micro$oft sees that two consoles are to be released in roughly the same time period, competition. Monopoly (that which micro$oft strives for). They bring out a literal x86 computer in a 'sleek' box. They dont care! They're only after the suckers who'll believe what they say. I hope that you didn't fall for their gimmick. Please tell me where you get your facts from so that i can avoid those sources as to not publish false info like you have just done. The PS2s GPU is undoubtably capable of handling FSAA. Read up on the rendering procedures for games such as 'Red Faction' and 'SSX Tricky', these both use FSAA and run at PAL-25FPS, NTSC-29FPS. 'This is a console' not a multi platform clone. It doesn't require much memory. Its a hardware system with one sole purpose, to play games. The X-Box comes with a 40G HDD and you still have to buy a memory card. The X-Box has the capability of playing DVD, you have to buy the remote (who's cashing in on the 'pocket money' size investment? micro$oft) As for the Gamecube, Nintendo have always been little nazis when in came to anything of theirs. 'You must buy from us' could be thier motto. Instead of going for these little DVDs with the 'added advantage' of compressed textures, make the Gamecube a little larger, give uncompressed textures and make things faster, plus more room for expansion and DVD capability. Please do criticize me, by all means prove me wrong. I however still see the PS2 as the most 'worth your money' console. Anyone who buys an X-Box or Gamecube will be dissapointed with their purchase in the long run.

XBox, PS2 and GameCube Have One Price

YES I AGREE THAT MICROSOFT ARE A BUNCH OF WEASLES WHEN IT COMES TO RELEASING NEW OPERATING SYSTEMS. JUST BY COMPARING HARDWARE ALONE BETWEEN THE THREE CONSOLES, THE PS2 FALLS BEHIND.IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHAT KIND OF GAMES YOU LIKE. THIS WILL DECIDE WHAT SYSTEM YOU BUY. I AM A PC USER AN SEE IT SUPERIOR TO CONSOLES AS YOU SAID. HOWEVER, YOU WON'T SEE GAMES LIKE DOOM3 OR UNREAL2 ON THE PS2. THE HARDWARE IN THAT BOX CAN'T HANDLE IT. IF A CONSOLE DIES IN THIS WAR, IT WILL BE THE X-BOX I THINK. SMALLER USER BASE. NEW KID ON THE BLOCK. AND EVERYONE HATES BILL AND CO. THE X-BOX IS CAPABLE OF PLAYING BETTER LOOKING GAMES THEN BOTH CONSOLES, BUT THAT IS ALL IN THE HANDS OF DEVELOPERS. WILL THEY SUPPORT THE X-BOX WHEN IT'S LOSING MONEY?

XBox, PS2 and GameCube Have One Price

We have finally found a common ground to stand on. I totaly agree that it depends on which type of game one wishes to play. I bought the PS2 purely for the 'SSX Tricky' game, just as i bought an N64 for '007 Goldeneye'. There are games which are truly worth buying a console for. If X-Box doesn't make some decent sales soon, then the games industry will turn its back on it and micro$oft will never try to make a console again. They'll go back to what they're bad at, making OS'. They'll go down like the dreamcast.

XBox, PS2 and GameCube Have One Price

I am more open minded then many. I love games. Always have.. always will.At times I want all of the systems. I own gamecube and xbox. Ps2 just didn't make the list. It's the most popular and has a huge fan base. But late in this war it has nothing that the other two can't provide. Xbox is over 50 percent on the polls I read, rated the best system. It isn't going anywhere. They all have there hits and all deserve there credit, I just feel xbox doesn't get any of the respect it deserves. Microsoft got there foot in the door and grab the hardcore gamer market by it's balls. In the next gen and hand held market it's yet to be seen. PSP looks amazing and Ps3 and Xbox too will both be outstanding. I think I will go that way next gen.. but i'll have to wait to see what nintendo provides.

XBox, PS2 and GameCube Have One Price

I also forgot to mention the most important part.. the games.I compelled a complete list of the games I wanted to play/needed to play.Xbox's list was about 50 long and full of amazing quality, not always exclusive (but if it's on all three i'd prefer to play it on the xbox bar none). PS2 was second with around 15 and a lot of them weren't as high on the list but were PS2 only games. The Gamecube came in around 10 but were all exclusives and great games. All systems are good.. and not one is the right system.PS: Gta is an average game and doesn't deserve any of it's hype. Final Fantasy titles no longer pack the bang the used too. PS2 is dieing.. Xbox has blosommed.. gamecube is stuck in adolescene

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