Listen up, Aussies: Microsoft has just sent word that it will be dropping the price of its Xbox 360 consoles and Kinect bundles by the largest amount ever. Starting tomorrow, you’ll be able to pick up your games box for between AU$50-AU$150 cheaper, making it a pretty lovely time to invest in a new console.
Recommended prices are as follows:
- 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)**
*Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle refers to either the Xbox 360 4GB or 250GB console packaged and sold together with the Kinect sensor in the one retail box.
** Limited edition consoles refers to existing consoles only, not new release consoles such as the Limited Edition Halo 4 console.
Kimberley Francis, head of Interactive Entertainment at Microsoft Australia explains:
This is the time to buy an Xbox 360. The Xbox has never been more affordable and it continues to evolve to offer even more value for Australians.”
As well as all of this, we’ve been given the pricepoint for Halo 4, all set to launch on November 6th. You’ll be able to pick up the Limited Edition for AU$129.95, or if you’d prefer to go with just the game, Halo 4 Standard Edition is AU$89.95.
Today on the Xbox, not only can you play all your favourite blockbuster games, but through Xbox LIVE people can unlock a range of entertainment content so the Xbox becomes a complete entertainment platform as well as gaming console.
People can watch thousands of television shows and movies, listen to more than 13 million songs and access premium television programming with FOXTEL on Xbox 360+. No other console on the market can offer what the Xbox can and now it’s the most affordable console in the country.
The news means that – given current exchange rates – Aussies can actually pick up an Xbox 360 console cheaper than their U.S. counterparts. This could mean the industry finally acknowledges that the Aussie dollar is at parity or better with the greenback, or it could be foreshadowing a similar price drop in North America, expected some time before Holiday 2012.