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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

What Microsoft should do this fall


Well, doom-season as-we-know-it is coming. Finally, each of the "Big Three" will have their respective consoles available for purchase. Or available for fanboy early-adopter camping, ebay scammer resellers, and duped consumers willing to buy expensive bundles.

Many have naturally assumed that since the 360 has been out for year, that the next-gen console is due for a price drop. Thus, the rumors start rolling in, and they support the price drop by saying the manufacturing process has improved. Microsoft, as expected, denies such an event to keep the sales up.

I personally think that a price drop isn't necessary. One would think that Sony just handed Microsoft gold by their high-dollar PS3 announcement. However, that doesn't mean Microsoft can remain idle. Since their competition mocks the lighter 360 SKU for not even having a hard drive, then why not simply add a one to make the PS3 even less appealing than it already is. If Microsoft kept the retail prices, but matched the PS3 offerings with a 20GB HDD-equipped Core pack and a 60GB HDD-equipped Premium pack, it would essentially seal the deal since consumers aren't ready to care about Bluray or HD-DVD.

However, such a plan would probably require that they start manufacturing changes now. But who's to say they haven't?

1 Comments:

Blogger Vultaro said...

This is definately an interesting stratergy..... Instead of a normal price drop, just add a HDD....

But it may or may not work...

Remember the main reason the PS3 has great appeal are its exclusive titles... This is where I believe MS should concentrate... Infact its already doing it, with GTA having lost its exclusivity.....

Other then that, I also believe a price drop may work better.... Simply because a price drop is in your face while a 20 gb HDD simply isnt... Once you ve coaxed the customer into buying a 360 with a price drop, you can hit him with expensive addon accessories, like an HDD to make up for the price cut...
This is a interesting topic, and it calls for a new post in The Next Generation of Gaming!

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