Microsoft have generally been slower to cut XBox prices in the US than they have in Europe – possibly because it started out at a much lower price there in the first place. Now, they’ve made a massive cut – possibly because sales of video games in the spring/summer months traditionally slump.
The XBox has been cut by $30 (UK£16.50, €24.60 ) to $149 (UK£81.75, €122.12). This makes it cheaper in the US than a GameBoy Advance SP is in the UK (a GBA-SP is currently UK£84.99 on Amazon, making it nearly US$155).
Microsoft are planning similar price cuts for Canada and Mexico, but would not say if other markets could look forward to a discount.
Many games such as Counter Strike and Project Gotham Racing will also see price cuts to $29.99.
Microsoft also released a rather striking limited edition “Crystal” XBox in the UK this week – it’s entirely transparent and is only £139, which sounds like good value until you compare the Dollar price with the new US price for the ordinary model (US$253, €207).