If you’re living in Europe and having been holding out on buying a PS2 or an Xbox in hopes of a price cut in the near future then your happy day has arrived:
The PlayStation 2 and Xbox are set for European price cuts in the coming days, with Sony to cut its price to UKP 104.99 this week while sources in Germany indicate that Microsoft is to announce a UKP 99.99 price this afternoon.
Retailers will hope to see a significant sales boost for both consoles from the price cuts, much as was experienced by US retail back in June when Microsoft, and then Sony, slashed the price of their consoles within the space of a month of each other.
In the UK, the PS2 has continued to outsell the Xbox by a factor of between 2:1 and 2.8:1 over the course of the summer, with the Xbox shifting around 5,000 units per week while the PS2 hovered between 8,000 and 14,000 units.
Update #1: Microsoft has now officially confirmed that the price point of the Xbox in Europe will be 149.99 Euro, with a UK price of UKP 99.99.
It seems like Europe is always the last to get some lovin’ by the console companies and even with this price cut they’re still paying a few bucks more for their consoles than American or Japanese gamers are, but every little bit helps, right?