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Post by Dan @ 10:23am 03/10/12 | 10 Comments
Microsoft has announced Australia retail price drops on their Xbox 360 and Kinect products, set to take affect on October 4th 2012. The changes will drop the 250GB HDD Xbox 360 console down a significant AU$150 to AU$299, and the 4GB HDD Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle down AU$100, also to AU$299.

Here's the brief:
  • Kinect Sensor, $149 (save $50)
  • 4GB Xbox 360, $199 (save $50)
  • 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect**, $299 (save $100)
  • 250GB Xbox 360 $299 (Save $150)
  • Limited edition consoles $399 (save $50)***
Microsoft notes that the $399 limited edition price point refers to existing limited edition consoles, and upcoming ones, such as the Limited Edition Halo 4 console.

Most interestingly, these price movements bring the Australian RRP's into line with (ahead of, once you factor exchange rates) some of the current North American price points for Xbox hardware (the Kinect sensor recently dropped $50 lower there though).

However, we imagine this means our friends across the Pacific are likely due for a further drop of their own in time for the holiday sales, and the Halo 4 launch. Perhaps, holding off due to their comfortable number one spot on the US sales charts for the last several months.



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copuis
Posted 10:35am 03/10/12
i wonder if this is a pre new xbox move, drop the price get more people in on the old system, then release a new one in 6-12 months
Taqtik
Posted 10:38am 03/10/12
Yeah looks as if they are trying to squeeze out those last few sales before bringing in the new xbox.
glynd
Posted 10:45am 03/10/12
that and to undercut sony's new PS3 redesign.
copuis
Posted 10:51am 03/10/12
it could also be to reflect the stronger dollar now
natslovR
Posted 10:54am 03/10/12
It's all part of reinforcing their windows 8 ecosystem.

Phones, home entertainment, laptops, desktops all with the same interface
Mantorok
Posted 11:01am 03/10/12
They've also got to compete with a redesigned PS3 and the WiiU for Xmas sales this year, so it's a bunch of different factors at play.
kappa
Posted 11:29am 03/10/12
I need a hdmi 360 now so this is good timing.
fryzeegunner
Posted 11:43am 03/10/12
Halo console wont be dropping.
Nathan
Posted 12:02pm 03/10/12
i wonder if this is a pre new xbox move
Largely a pre-Christmas and pre-Wii U move I think
ravn0s
Posted 12:35pm 03/10/12
i might actually buy one... not
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