Sony’s said that fans shouldn’t expect the Vita handheld this year but quelled disappointment by announcing their own price drop for the PlayStation 3 last week. The Blu-ray game console is now retailing for $250, down from $300.
So, what to do if you’re in the market for an Xbox 360? Apparently, you should head to your local Walmart next week. According to a rumor that’s breaking today, the giant retail chain will be offering a 360 + Kinect bundle for $250, knocking off $50 from the current price of the same bundle. This move isn’t a Microsoft decision, though.
In a statement on Joystiq, the company says Walmart made “an independent decision to implement this temporary price cut.” Could be a response to the PS3’s price change or it might just be a strategy to position the 360 attractively for the upcoming holiday rush.
This offering of Microsoft’s console-and-motion-control is cheaper than Sony’s, since the PS3 + Move bundle has an MSRP of $350. Sony has yet to announce bundle pricing that reflects the PS3’s new standalone price. (The Wii’s current price is $150, as of this May, if you’re wondering.)
It’s been almost a year since Kinect came out and set all kinds of records as the fastest selling consumer electronics device ever. After a middling crop of launch games, a batch of better, more intriguing titles is finally coming out for the motion-sensing camera. If you’re looking to get a 360 for the first time or just want to replace an old-school unit that’s red-ringed on you, start watching your local Walmart very closely.