- This week's price cuts are too little too late to save the Xbox 360, says Nathan Taylor
. The 360 glory days may be over, with only Fable 2 up its sleeve and Blu-Ray scoring wins for the PS3.
Microsoft has a lot to worry about these days. It's frustrated by it's inability to crack Google, or buy anybody else who might; people are hating Vista, and the life of Windows XP keeps getting extended; it's actually having to compete with Linux on the desktop, and now on the mobile as well; and it's console, once the market leader, seems to be slowly fading away.
Its latest announcement is clearly designed to stave off the latter. It may be too little too late, but Microsoft just announced a new round of price cuts for the Xbox 360, making the cheapest version of the console, the hard disk-less Arcade, $50 cheaper than the Wii.
It's now just $349, half the price of the PlayStation 3, and some retailers are selling it for considerably less than that. The 20GB version of the Xbox 360 has also been cut, from $579 to $499 and the 120GB Elite has dropped from $729 to $649. I don't think it will be enough to save the Xbox 360.
It's funny how this generation of game consoles panned out. Most analysts had figured that the PlayStation 3 would sell the most, followed by the...