UK Console price cuts...XBox now selling more Gamecube, PS2 still way ahead

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  1. paul h

    paul h Supporting Actor

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    Seems that the recent price drops have stimulated the British public anyway (from computerandvideogames):

    "Was it the imminent release of Stuntman? Nope. British gamers champing at the bit for Turok: Evolution? Hardly. Sony dropping the price of PlayStation 2 by £30 because it was in the mood? Bingo.
    PlayStation 2 sold 27,178 consoles in the last week on the back of the recent price-cut, an increase of 140 percent over the previous seven days.

    As game fans in the UK swarmed to satiate their lust for all things Sony, Microsoft saw a surge on the back of its move on price last week, which saw Xbox cut from £200 to £160 across Europe. British gamers bought 6,802 Xboxes in the week ending August 31, an increase of 89 percent over the previous week.

    Xbox is now outselling GameCube in the UK, which rose 11 percent to sell 4,825. But Nintendo's insistence in software being the killer feature for success in the dirty business we call game is likely to be proved right when Super Mario Sunshine releases in Europe on October 4.

    Rumours are now circulating that Microsoft may be looking to counter the threat of Nintendo's triple A barrage with some spectacular retail offers: how does a free Xbox when you buy four games sound? Word is that some crazy deals are set to be announced at Microsoft's X02 event in Seville on September 24."
     
  2. Iain Lambert

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    To be fair on the old Box/Cube sales figure war, I'd like to wait at least another 2-3 weeks to see what the new numbers are looking like; temporary surges are bound to be seen just as the price drops, but what will be more interesting is if they can keep that kind of advantage. Mind you, waiting a month brings us to the UK release date for Super Mario Sunshine, which is probably going to be another non-standard sales week.
     
  3. Dan Brecher

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    I think Christmas is going to be very interesting indeed. I find the cube to have the most attractive array of titles in it's autumn/winter collection (more so to those of you with the PAL machine). More X-Box's should shift too given this is the UK models first festive outing. Quality of the software is going to mean a heck of a lot across all the platforms this December however...

    Dan
     

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