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Xbox 360 for $300

CmdrTaco posted more than 8 years ago | from the thats-a-steep-one dept.

XBox (Games) 723

Xizer writes "Wal-Mart employees have leaked the price of Microsoft's next-generation console. The Xbox 360 is set to be launched for $299.99. Additionally, games are set to be $59.99 each. Ouch. Looks like the next generation of consoles is going to burn holes in gamers' wallets even moreso than the current generation. One thing is for sure: It's time to start gearing up for an expensive Christmas."

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723 comments

Still $300 (5, Informative)

TPIRman (142895) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231087)

Looks like the next generation of consoles is going to burn holes in gamers' wallets even moreso than the current generation.

Launch price of Xbox 360: $300
Launch price of PS2 [wikipedia.org] : $300
Launch price of Xbox [wikipedia.org] : $300

If you account for inflation, the Xbox 360 is cheaper at launch than its predecessor.

Re:Still $300 (1)

jrl87 (669651) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231101)

but games cost more.

How about SNES? (1)

Eunuch (844280) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231181)

How quickly we forget. Those topped out at $70 to $80. Nostalgia is evil, especially in the face of transhumanism.

Re:Still $300 (2, Interesting)

ucahg (898110) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231235)

I paid $92 CDN for Ocarina of Time when it came out for N64.

Let's see, back then that was probably still more than $59 USD.

Re:Still $300 (3, Insightful)

despisethesun (880261) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231264)

Yeah, but cartridges are more expensive to manufacture than CDs and DVDs. All N64 games were more expensive than Playstation and Saturn games at the time.

Re:Still $300 (1)

Gerad (86818) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231280)

Hmm, $92 CDN... that's what, about $5 USD? I'm not too good on conversion rates ;)

Re:Still $300 (4, Funny)

lobsterGun (415085) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231321)

Your conversion sounds good to me.

Say, since I have your attention, could you transfer these $50 US into Canadian Dollars. That should be around $920 Canadian, but between the two of us, just give me the $900 and we'll call it even.

Re:Still $300 (1)

garcia (6573) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231164)

$60 games are going up though. Yeah, the graphics are getting better but is the gameplay really that radically different that we should have to shell out nearly twice as much as we used to pay?

I remember cringing at $39.99 games nevermind $49.99 games. Now they are going to *start* at $59.99? To me, that seems like they are going to end up being in the $99.99 range in no time.

Re:Still $300 (3, Interesting)

DavidLeblond (267211) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231279)

*yawn* old news. [wikipedia.org]

Re:Still $300 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231319)

garcia is just a shill/karma whore

Re:Still $300 (1)

benzapp (464105) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231315)

I have only purchased a handfull of games these last few years, and they were all about $50. I remember buying Final Fantasy for $60 like 15 years ago.
$50 has been the price point for ages. So they bumped it up. Like another poster said, inflation.

Re:Still $300 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231168)

Not for me. Too much. I'll stick with the PC, thanks.

Re:Still $300 (1)

Momoru (837801) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231256)

The PC ends up costing alot more though? One video card can cost you more then that whole system. And the used game market is much better for console games then PC games.

Not that bad (1)

sterno (16320) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231175)

Price of Atari 2600 in 1977: $199

Converting that to today's price, it would be about $500. Granted it include nine action packed games with the system, but still, it does give some perspective on the real cost of these things.

Re:Still $300 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231188)

Xbox 360: $300
Game for the Xbox 360: $59
A bunch of people on Slashdot whining about the high cost of gaming: priceless.

Somethings money can't buy. For everything else, there's Slashdot.

Re:Still $300 (5, Informative)

mr_gerbik (122036) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231281)

If you account for inflation the Xbox 360 is *much* cheaper than some of its predecessors.

Atari 2600
1977 price: $199.95
Adjusted for inflation: $648.83

Colecovision
1982 price: $199.95
Adjusted: $405.63

Nintendo Entertainment System
1985 price: $199
Adjusted: $353.16

Inflation based on the Consumer Price Index.

Inflation Calculator [westegg.com]

Re:Still $300 (5, Insightful)

koi88 (640490) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231286)


One thing is for sure: It's time to start gearing up for an expensive Christmas.

Or wait a few months and get a Nintendo Revolution. Which should be cheaper.

Re:Still $300 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231295)

don't forget the effect of inflation on your wallet though. XBOX 360 isn't cheaper because the purchasing power of your dollar is also less than it was when the original XBOX came out.

Way too much money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231088)

$60 a game? That'll buy one mod chip! (if/when released)

sldkfjdslkjf (1)

vbrtrmn (62760) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231094)

Meh, that's the Christmas extortion price, they did the same thing with the original XBox and the PS2 and probably a bunch of other consoles I can't remember.

Re:sldkfjdslkjf (1)

Reignking (832642) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231282)

Yup, and it is smart pricing. The other boxes won't be out as soon, and people buying these systems this early will be buying the games just as quickly. It'll fall, but I think it is a smart way to squeeze out some extra cash. Besides, it gives them more room to drop prices when competition increases and/or the Christmas rush ends.

That's great! (2, Insightful)

jarich (733129) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231096)

$300 for a really cool triple core Linux box (post hacking, of course)! That's COOL!

Ouchie. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231097)

Ouchie.

FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231099)

FP!

Price (1)

Thrymm (662097) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231100)

$300 isnt that bad considering I remember paying much more for the original X-Box, PS1, and if you go way back to the Atari 2600, I think my parents back then paid close to $400 for it. The games however being 60+ kinda sucks :(

Is that much more than what we pay now? (1)

Enigma_Man (756516) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231102)

That doesn't seem _that_ bad. I've paid close to $60 for games in the past, and IIRC consoles have cost at least somewhat close to $300 at some points, and that's just the starting cost, it'll come down.

-Jesse

Re:Is that much more than what we pay now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231198)

Yeah, a few N64 and SNES games were $60. I think I remember paying $60 for StarFox and Turok 2.

And yes, ALL new consoles, as of late, have costed $300 at launch.

Re:Is that much more than what we pay now? (1)

nate nice (672391) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231313)

Some games cost more than that even. I remember when Final Fantasy 3 came out. I think that was around $70.00. There were some other games too that were more expensive for various reasons. I also remember people paying out of the ass for Final Fantasy 7. I think that was like $60.00. There was also a fewNES games that got as high as $70.00.

$60 games? $300 console? (1)

yellowbkpk (890493) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231106)

Boy oh boy, that content sure is getting expensive. Better make more use out of the "cheap" hardware:

http://xbox-linux.org/ [xbox-linux.org]

Re:$60 games? $300 console? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231232)

*waits for the day when someone hooks up a beowulf cluster of Xbox 360s running linux*

Re:$60 games? $300 console? (1)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231294)

This is the backlash effect from all the Linux people buying their Xboxes and not getting any games. All you Xbox game players should be pissed. You are subsidising these Linux users computers.

losses (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231108)

How much is microsoft losing on each xbox 360?

360 (1)

birdman666 (144812) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231109)

So a box and a game is going to cost $360? Brilliant!

Re:360 (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231165)

It would be, if it were really $360. But $299 + $59.99 + tax is just stupid.

Re:360 (2, Funny)

MisterMurphy (899535) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231174)

$359.98. I guess they'll have to rename the console, won't they? "They XBox 359.98; because we can't just make something cost an even dollar amount!"

why Ouch? (1)

Predathar (658076) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231113)

I find the price tag of $299 VERY good, considering what your getting for that price. Also $299 was in the low range of prices that have been circulating the web (highest being $599)

Game pricing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231114)

I'll wait for the PS3 so that the game pricing will drop.

XBox (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231116)

Wasn't the original XBox priced at $299 when it first came out?

Looking forward to piracy (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231118)

I think that pirating these $59.99 overpriced games will almost be as much fun as playing them.

Is it worth it? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231126)

Am I the only person here who thinks $60 for eyecandy you can beat in a 4 hour stretch is criminally stupid? I have no problem paying that much for a game that will entertain me for a few weeks, but those kinds of games seem to get rarer and rarer these days.

Re:Is it worth it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231177)

...those kinds of games seem to get rarer and rarer these days.

It's called aging, Sir. Get used to it.

Re:Is it worth it? (1)

Momoru (837801) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231276)

I think it is too, which is why I let all the kids buy their $60 and I scoop them up for $20 used a few months later. But hey, if someone will pay it, they can charge it.

300? (1)

rwven (663186) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231129)

Didn't the original XBOX retail for $300? Given the hardware in the 360, i think $300 is a bangup deal. Chances are in the price category they're not going to have any competition from Sony. Rumor has it that the PS3 will be more than $450. http://www.theinq.net/?article=25111 [theinq.net] $59.99 is a bit too expensive for games INHO, but i guess in today's world of software it's to be expected that prices are rising. Of course that's about half a day of work worth of pay (or more) for a lot of us here....

Re:300? (1)

Thrymm (662097) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231147)

The 360 is going to have a standard dvd player at launch, so wonder what the pricing will be when the HD-DVD version is released...

Re:300? (2, Interesting)

rwven (663186) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231163)

It's hard to say. It might be two years before they add that feature so the xbox might be selling for 200 anyway. i'd imagine it would only raise the price by like 30-50 bucks, but i may be way off...

$300 Isn't So bad.. (3, Insightful)

fwice (841569) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231137)

$300 isn't all of too bad for a console, especially considering the hardware present. Looking back, the NES came out at $199 initially, as did the SNES, and N64. The N64 didn't even include any games, just a solitary controller. The $60 price tag for games is what N64 games cost as well.
I'm viewing it as a slightly more expensive initial investment. That, and only that.

and no, I'm not planning on buying one.

perhaps not as sure as you seem to think (5, Insightful)

frovingslosh (582462) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231139)

One thing is for sure: It's time to start gearing up for an expensive Christmas.

Do you understand that buying this, as well as lots of overpriced games, is entirely optional?

Re:perhaps not as sure as you seem to think (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231329)

Do you understand that buying this, as well as lots of overpriced games, is entirely optional?

clearly you don't have children.

Re:perhaps not as sure as you seem to think (1)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231340)

Hey, if you're lucky enough not to have the MS Gustopo there with guns to your head yet I wouldn't go blabbing it all over the place. I'm sure they are on their way to your house now. Listen for the helicopters....Don't hear them? Cause they have silent helicopters.

I don't think so. (4, Interesting)

Godeke (32895) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231140)

It's time to start gearing up for an expensive Christmas.

Um, no, I don't think so. I own all three consoles from the current generation. In fact, I have two PS2s... one for the living room and one for dressing room. I didn't originally mean for it to be that way: we kept the Game Cube in the living room because when people come over: it is the best for party games. We kept the PS2 out there so my son could continue playing the games he had become accustom to. I bought the X-Box when the price dropped and put it the dressing room so at night I could play without disturbing others. The Steel Battalions reissue didn't hurt.

In the end I *had* to get another PS2 so I could actually play games I wanted. I felt like when I was a kid and we picked up an Odyssey instead of the Atari. There weren't enough games that *I* wanted to play. I still have my X-Box but I find myself working really hard to find games that have that slight edge on the X-Box to make buying them for it worthwhile. (Psychonauts is a recent example, one of a small number).

Combine that with the fact that Live is overrun with punk kids (and now the 360 offers the new "see me flip you off" feature... OH BOY!), the lack of full backwards compatibility and the high price games they are going for... I think I will wait like I did with the X-Box for the price drop and the bargain bins of games. Maybe... if the PS3 doesn't take all my money when it comes out.

the gamecube (2, Insightful)

cerelib (903469) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231287)

what you just mentioned about the gamecube is exactly why I like it. If you have people over what better to play than super smash bros melee or similar nintendo games. they build in an optional automatic handicap as opposed to halo where it is obvious that the people who play it constantly destroy everybody. a little off topic but I just had to comment on the gamecube remark. in general I like where Nintendo is taking gaming.

Re:I don't think so. (2, Informative)

WndrBr3d (219963) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231322)

XBox has only A slight edge?

Obviously you don't have an HDTV or Surround Sound, as XBox's OBVIOUS edge over other game consoles is Dolby Digital 5.1 and 480p on most titles.

That alone is reason for anyone with a semi-decent home theatre to lean toward XBox titles over PS2.

I as well own all three game systems, and when a title comes out for all three, let's say Midnight Club 3 for example, I'm going to choose to play this title on XBox because of it's superior feature set.

Period.

Burnt Wallet (1)

the.Ceph (863988) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231144)

Looks like the next generation of consoles is going to burn holes in gamers' wallets even moreso than the current generation.
If I recall didn't the current generation of consoles premier with a price tage of about $300, and if I recall the Nintendo 64 and some of the consoles before were close to that. And more so $60 for a game isn't unheard of.

A better question would be at how much of a loss are these being sold?

Just buy used games (1)

LordNimon (85072) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231145)

Computer games don't go bad, so just wait a few weeks and buy a used copy. Only the impatient gamers will spend $60. Everyone else will benefit from their folly.

out of principal (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231151)

Just out of principal gamers should boycott the xbox 360 for 6-12months.

Re:out of principal (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231262)

Out of a principal's... what? His ass?

Expensive Christmas? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231153)

Expensive Christmas? What do you mean? I've been a very nice boy all year so that Santa buys one for me!
(or else I'm gonna rob Wal-Mart, like I've learned from GTA:SA)

Re:Expensive Christmas? (1)

Taevin (850923) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231228)

Just don't have pixelated sex anywhere in the store and you'll be alright. Otherwise you might get sued into oblivion for displaying such smut.

PC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231154)

Why buy an XBox, when a PC can do so much more than just games.

Sorry I'll wait for HDDVD (3, Insightful)

Eunuch (844280) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231159)

DVD has been dragging its low capacity ass for far too long. I'll wait for v2.

Is that a big increase? (2, Informative)

MaestroSartori (146297) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231166)

Here in the UK, new game releases on all 3 current consoles typically cost 30GBP (you can get them for less in some places, but more in others, so I reckon it balances out). That translates to about 60 bucks doesn't it?

How much were Xbox games when the Xbox was first released? They were about 40GBP (80 dollars!) when I got mine, and that was a while after its official release. Maybe 60 bucks isn't that bad...

Re:Is that a big increase? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231284)

You forgot VAT - I'd expect the console and games to sell for 200GBP and 40GBP, respectively.

$60 games is cheap! (2, Interesting)

rmccann (792082) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231172)

$60 = 50 [xe.com] . New games normally cost 60 at launch here in Ireland.

Re:$60 games is cheap! (1)

maelstrom (638) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231215)

Who needs games when you could be spending that money on Guinness?

Better than Atari 2600 (5, Insightful)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231178)

Way back in the day (maybe 1980?) I got an Atari 2600 for Christmas, and I think it cost $250. Games cost about $25, IIRC.

Accoding to http://www.westegg.com/inflation/ [westegg.com] that Atari 2600 would cost $634.91, and each cartridge would cost $63.49, in 2005 dollars.

So Xbox 360 is actually a great deal compared to the Atari 2600 if you just look at price.

Re:Better than Atari 2600 (1)

yellowbkpk (890493) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231254)

Oh sweet! So that $20 bill I have sitting in my room that someone wrote "1970" on and is all beat up is now worth $100.76!? Why didn't anyone tell me!

Gamers' Wallets... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231183)

... the next generation of consoles is going to burn holes in gamers' wallets ...

Forget the next generation. I'm still waiting for a $100 XBox.

Inflation (1)

anza (900224) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231185)

$300 today is equilivent (due to inflation) to $265 at the launch of the PS2. It's actually fairly cheap compared to the previous generation. Hell, lets go back to 1991 when the SNES was released at $200. Today, that would be the equivilent to about $290! The XBox is actually releasing at a reasonable price, I say. (Although I'm still going to wait out for the revolution, which will probably come into the market even cheaper and have that 1991 SNES quality build right into it)

$60 for games too much? (1)

barureddy (314276) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231186)

$60 is expensive for games, but does no one remember the old snes days when games like final fantasy 3 (6 in reality) were ~$70. I personally think the right price for a game is between $20-$30. Therefore I usually buy my games used off ebay or something.

Re:$60 for games too much? (2, Interesting)

Mr.Dippy (613292) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231263)

I remember there was Virtual Racing for Sega Genesis that cost 100 bucks. The reason that cartridge games were so expensive because the game companies would load them up with RAM to make them have pretty graphics. Remember STrider for Sega Genesis. The box for it advertised that it had 8 megs of RAM! I believe the game sold for 70 bucks. There is no reason today to sell games for more because they get stamped on the same CD/DVD disc. Personally, I'm going to hold out on all three new consoles until I know which one is better and which one is more cost effective. I'm already squirmish about shelling out 50 bucks for a new game.

Leaked... (1)

CrashRoX (783286) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231187)

Maybe they should leak the console as well... Dont forget you need to buy the HD drive when that comes out, because im sure all the games at that point will be on the HD media, thus rendering your current 360 box useless. So that just hiked your cost to at least $400. Plus your second, third and fourth controller. Now we are looking at $475ish+. Then the live kit, because im sure the old one wont be compatible. So we are over $500 now. Dont forget your monthly fees and the good old $60 games. Enjoy the holidays...

Re:Leaked... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231335)

I believe it comes with a 20 gig HDD

I can't see any reason to complain about the price (4, Insightful)

JudgeFurious (455868) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231189)


  The price of the console is fine, exceptional even considering what you get. That's to be expected since they routinely sell these machines at a loss to get them in the hands of the game buying public.

  $60 a pop for the games is insane though. I was raised on video games and I love video games but I'll be damned if I'm ever going to give anyone $60 for a game.

  I still think the "optimum price" for a new game should be around $39. Anything more than that turns the game into an instant "I'll look at it again when it gets marked down, or I'll buy it used later on"

Re:I can't see any reason to complain about the pr (1)

CrashRoX (783286) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231236)

Beat a game a week... 60 bucks a week! I would buy twice as many games if they were all $39. Because $60 a shot stinks.

Re:I can't see any reason to complain about the pr (1)

Cerberus7 (66071) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231312)

Bingo. I typically buy 2 or 3 games a year at full price; only things I've been really looking forward to. Everything else, I wait for the price to hit $30 or less. I'm patient, and it keeps my bank account a little happier than it would otherwise be.

XBox 360 Preorders (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231196)

For those who are interested in getting a 360, XBox360Preorders.com [xbox360preorders.com] lets you sign up and get e-mail alerts for each new retailer that has the system for preorders

EXTRA EXTRA! Slashdot covers lack of news! (1)

illtron (722358) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231204)

Did the people who submitted it even RTFA?

I quote:

Unconfirmed reports stemming from Walmart employees have today suggested a North American retail price for the Xbox 360 and its launch titles, allegedly set to arrive in shop stores on November 4th.

Now, let me repeat that with some selective highlighting:

Unconfirmed reports stemming from Walmart employees have today suggested a North American retail price for the Xbox 360 and its launch titles, allegedly set to arrive in shop stores on November 4th.

In other words, this doesn't mean jack shit. Why the hell is this news?

Are the Next Gen consoles going to flop? (1)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231209)

I don't know about anybody else, but there really isn't anything coming out that is going to compel me to shell out $300 for the next generation of consoles when there's a whole boatload of great games I still haven't played for my current console (PS2). And to add to it, most of greatest hits games are only $20, about 1/3 of the new titles coming out. If anything, I may get an X-Box to play some exclusives that never made it to the PS2, but by the time I do that, I expect I'll be able to pick one up for $99, which is what I paid for my Dreamcast. Am I the only one who likes to stay a generation behind and benefit from the price drops?

Re:Are the Next Gen consoles going to flop? (1)

bhalo05 (865352) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231327)

Am I the only one who likes to stay a generation behind and benefit from the price drops?

Hardly. I do the same thing but with PC games. The games itself are cheaper and by the time I buy them, they work great on cheap hardware.

Reconsidering my budget (2, Insightful)

Iriel (810009) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231233)

$59.99?

Damn. If single games get any worse, subscription MMO's might actually become cheaper overall! ;)

(Yes, I know Guild Wars has no fee. I play it with religious fervor)

...this is nothing new. (2, Informative)

Audigy (552883) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231239)

ps2 and xbox both launched at 300$...

Not really expensive (1)

KefabiMe (730997) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231243)

The Xbox 360 is set to be launched for $299.99. Additionally, games are set to be $59.99 each. Ouch.

This is standard. The PS2 was this price when it was released. PS2 games were about the same amount as well. Prices have gone down over a few years, yet I don't expect new generations of consoles to be cheaper than the PS2 was at launch.

As an aside, I remember because I camped out in front of a Walmart with a few friends at the PS2 launch. We brought a couch, TV, DVD Player, and the first PlayStation. We then unplugged a soda machine and hooked everything up and sat back and played video games all night. It was pretty cool bringing some fun to the fellow gamers around us while we waited 11 hours to purchase a PS2.

In the end though, I think they were pissed because my friends and I grabbed 3 of the 5 available PlayStations.

Oh yeah, go Nintendo! =p

To contrast... (1)

Nijika (525558) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231246)

The damn video card in my last gaming PC cost about $300. I'm dying for an awesome gaming platform that will free me from PC gaming, I'm hoping the X-Box 360 is it.

Note: I hate Windows, and I dislike Microsoft's business practices, but they've always been able to come through in the hardware and gaming departments.

Piracy (1)

jpsowin (325530) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231247)

Did they say they were trying to stop piracy? I can't imagine all the little gamer kiddies are going to be mowing yards to get $60 for each game... They'll either download it off Bittorrent/newsgroups or rent and rip the game.

OT: where'd all the 4/5 comments go? (5, Interesting)

Damek (515688) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231258)

Is it just me, or has something drastically changed here at Slashdot? I'm seeing almost no 4/5-moderated comments on any Slashdot stories for the past few days...

Re:OT: where'd all the 4/5 comments go? (2, Funny)

hoggoth (414195) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231343)

> Is it just me, or has something drastically changed here at Slashdot?
> I'm seeing almost no 4/5-moderated comments on any Slashdot stories for the past few days...

As is, the parent is a boring offtopic comment... but mod it up to +5 and you've got some real humor, baby! It would have everything, irony, pathos, in-jokes.

MOD IT UP!!

In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231260)

Microsoft employees have leaked the salary of Wal-Mart-employees's next months salary. ...ziltch.

Dire Straits (1)

ntufar (712060) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231265)

Get your XBox for nothin',
Get your chicks for free!

What nobody seems to realize (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231266)

is that it'll all be in the $10 bargain bin in a year or two. Just wait.

Not this time, thanks... (0, Offtopic)

blcamp (211756) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231269)


I have a PS2 and about a dozen games, which is good enough for me... whenever I have any time to play them.

worth waiting for PS3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231285)

I rather wait a couple more months and get the PS3. Just in terms of graphics the PS3 will be far superior since it comes with the new NVIDIA RSX graphics chip. If you've seen some of the demos(yes, they ARE running on the actual PS3 development kits) you know what I mean.

No economist.... (2, Interesting)

mattmentecky (799199) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231307)

But isn't there some sort of sticking point price for games? It seemed like it was $49.99, throw down a hundred and you get two, ya know? But $60? That seems way out of the realm. But thats just me.

Either Microsoft doesn't realize that people will always spend within their means (ie if you have $500 in disposable income a year to spend on games, youre going to spend it if they are $50 or $60) or Microsoft is throwing in the towel and fixing a high price for games because they figure that gamers just won't buy a high number of their games and that there just won't be a large number of games to buy (which was a critique of the original Xbox, not enough games).

Wait, people (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231308)

One thing is for sure: It's time to start gearing up for an expensive Christmas.

Well, for those who can't wait, they'll have to shell out some money for Christmas. However, I prefer to wait until HD-DVD is available before I consider purchasing. By then I figure more games will be available too.

This is why I prefer PC gaming. (1)

WidescreenFreak (830043) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231309)

$300 for a console? $60 per game? See, this is why I love my PC gaming. The games are more often than not less than $50 for a PC that I already own. Even then, most new games can often be found on-line for less than that. But $60 for a game and $300 for a console?? Puh-lease. I'll never pay it.

Hey, cool! The newest NVidia card is going for about $500 and the collector's edition of game ABC is only $70, but it comes with a cool T-shirt of only mediocre quality! Oh, hell, I have to get those!! Where's my credit card?

;)

Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231320)

Can someone give me a quick explanation why I should buy a system with almost zero exclusive titles, pay 60$ for a game which will come out on PC 6 months later.
Usually the "exclusive" games like Halo et. will look better on the PC and have more bang for the buck. Gimme a break.

Blockbuster must be stoked (1)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231325)

Blockbuster has to be loving this news. Microsoft is pricing a new console fairly cheap compared to most new offerings but then they plan to charge so much for games that only the most hardcore gamers will actually buy a copy of the games. There's going to be a renting bonanza for this new system until game prices come down.

games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231332)

Who here bought HL2 or Doom3?

How much did you pay.. :O Imagine that $60 for a game. what a ripoff..

Expensive Christmas? (1)

Caraig (186934) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231334)

One thing is for sure: It's time to start gearing up for an expensive Christmas.
Um... no.

Call my cynical, call me utopianist (just don't call me late for dinner) but this Christmas for me isn't going to be about getting or giving an XBOX 360, or XBOX360 games. There are better things to do with money than throw it at another console. I don't know about other slashdotters but I'm not going to be budgeting for XBOX 360. There's still plenty of PS2 games to get through, and why should I shell out bucks for what MS says is the Next Big Thing?

Don't buy or ask for an XBOX 360 just because it's new and shiny and has OMZod forty beelyun polys!!!11!ichi! or such. Sure it may be good hardware... but do you really need it now? the moment, the instant it's released?

Wait a few months. You'll not be hurting anyone by holding off on buying an XBOX 360 until, say, March or April. If you even end up wanting one at all.

60 for free MMORPG's would be sweet (1)

Lectoid (891115) | more than 8 years ago | (#13231339)

I would gladly pay 60 dollars for a MMORPG if I didn't have to pay monthly fees.

re: Expensive christmas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13231344)

First off, I'm JEWISH you insensitive clod!

Second, I already have a Sega Genesis, SNES, and PS1 with all the goodies - and I don't have time to play any of them. Why praytell would I want to spend even more $$$ on something that I probably won't have time to play?

Third, $60 for a game... yeah right. Given that I don't even play the damn things but maybe once or twice a year - I have a problem with $60. The games I tend to purchase are usually from the $5 or $10 (or even less) bin at whatever store I happen to walk into... I could care less if the game is "old" - if I haven't played it, then it's new to me... and at $5/$10 it's a safe bet in case it sucks...

Fourth: What's wrong with the old Xbox? Are they all set to explode on Dec 24, 2005 requiring that one purchase the new 360 box? ...maybe it's the fact that I'm 38 and have things to do, and don't give two shits about games any more that makes me just not care of about this... Or maybe, just maybe it's not worth caring about at all.

Consider this: What if NO ONE bought the new box and games?
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