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Microsoft cuts Asia Xbox 360 Price

Now Microsoft has also reduced the price of Xbox by whopping $100…..!!!

The company said in a statement that the price cuts for the Xbox 360 Elite model, which comes with a 120-gigabyte hard drive, will take effect in Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan starting Sept. 10.

The price of the Elite model in Hong Kong will be cut by 28.2% to HK$2,369, while its price in South Koreawill be 14.1% lower at KRW419,000. The price in Singapore will be cut by 26.5% to S$499, while Taiwan will see a 25.9% price reduction to NT$10,360.

The announcement follows Microsoft’s price cuts for the high-end Xbox 360 Elite model and the mid-range Pro model in the U.S. announced Thursday. The price for the Elite there will be cut by $100 to $299.99. The Pro, which comes with a smaller hard drive, will sell for $50 less at $249.99 and will be phased out once the current supplies run out. The cuts take effect Friday.

The price cuts come just days after high-definition game console rival Sony Corp. (SNE) said it would cut the price of its PlayStation 3 console by $100 to $299 as that console has struggled against lower-priced competitors. A slimmer version of the gaming console will debut on Sept. 1.

Bowman said during the interview that the price cut had been planned for some time “as part of economics” the company is seeing in the videogames business.

Microsoft also announced that Facebook and Twitter services will be available to paying Xbox Live subscribers later this year.

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Sony PS3 Slim : Playing a brave front in Gaming console-War

With rival Microsoft’s Xbox outselling the Playstation 3, Sony has unveiled the overhauled Playstation 3. Dubbed the PS3 Slim, the unit features a revised cell processor, 120GB hard drive and is smaller, lighter and cheaper than its predecessor.
Sony have put up several changes in a bid to close the gap and return to their glory days as leader in the gaming console domain.
The new console is around a third smaller and lighter, and is also quieter – thanks largely to a Cell processor using the 45 nanometer manufacturing process (as opposed to the previous 65nm Cell). The smaller Cell is said to generate around 15% less fan noise, and is cooler, with around 30% less energy consumption.
The PS3 Slim’s integrated 120GB storage capacity virtually ensures relevance for years to come even if downloadable high definition content becomes available. The console continues to feature Wi-Fi connectivity as well as a Blu-ray player, with Bravia television owners sure to appreciate the Bravia Sync feature, whereby their existing remotes can be used to navigate the system in place of the expensive and awkward PS3 Blu-ray version. An additional system “standby function” will shut down the PS3 Slim when the Bravia TV is switched off.
While removing the option to install an alternative operating system like Linux may disappoint some, Sony looks to be focusing on increasing the PS3’s accessibility to the wider population of gamers. With a reported Wii-esque motion sensitive wand in the works, the emphasis looks to be on appealing to the casual gamer as well as the fanatic.
Sony have simplified the branding, doing away with the Spiderman-type logo of the Playstation 3, opting instead to emboss a simple “PS3” on the console front. The casing has also reverted from glossy to the more traditional black matte finish.
Lower production costs have seen the price for the PS3 Slim, on sale September 1st, reduced to US$299. With this lower price point potentially making the unit a viable option to those previously deterred by higher cost, and with Micrsoft’s Xbox expected to make a similar move, will it be “game on” once more?
Check out the Playstation website for a closer look.

With rival Microsoft’s Xbox outselling the Playstation 3, Sony has unveiled the overhauled Playstation 3. Dubbed the PS3 Slim, the unit features a revised cell processor, 120GB hard drive and is smaller, lighter and cheaper than its predecessor.

Sony have put up several changes in a bid to close the gap and return to their glory days as leader in the gaming console domain.

The new console is around a third smaller and lighter, and is also quieter – thanks largely to a Cell processor using the 45 nanometer manufacturing process (as opposed to the previous 65nm Cell). The smaller Cell is said to generate around 15% less fan noise, and is cooler, with around 30% less energy consumption.

The PS3 Slim’s integrated 120GB storage capacity virtually ensures relevance for years to come even if downloadable high definition content becomes available. The console continues to feature Wi-Fi connectivity as well as a Blu-ray player, with Bravia television owners sure to appreciate the Bravia Sync feature, whereby their existing remotes can be used to navigate the system in place of the expensive and awkward PS3 Blu-ray version. An additional system “standby function” will shut down the PS3 Slim when the Bravia TV is switched off.

Sony have simplified the branding, doing away with the Spiderman-type logo of the Playstation 3, opting instead to emboss a simple “PS3” on the console front. The casing has also reverted from glossy to the more traditional black matte finish.

Lower production costs have seen the price for the PS3 Slim, on sale September 1st, reduced to US$299. With this lower price point potentially making the unit a viable option to those previously deterred by higher cost, and with Micrsoft’s Xbox expected to make a similar move, will it be “game on” once more?

Check out the Playstation website for a closer look.

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