Console War Heats Up With Wii Price Drop
by Simon Hill

wiiNintendo have just announced that the Wii console will be reduced in price. They are dropping $50 off the price, bringing it down to $200. This latest round in the console war was sparked into life after Sony announced their new PS3 slim at the reduced price of $300 a few weeks ago. Since then they have shifted over 1 million units worldwide and look to be closing the gap on rivals Microsoft and Nintendo.

Microsoft was the first to follow suit with a price drop for the Xbox 360 Elite bringing the 120 GB model down to $300 to match the new PS3. The Nintendo Wii has been the clear market leader for quite some time now but sales have been falling fast. This latest move is obviously designed to try and spark a bit of interest in the lead up to Christmas.

ps3 slimNintendo will also be keen to maintain their lead over Sony. The rivalry is fierce though and just hours after the Wii price drop announcement Sony were talking up their forthcoming motion controller for the PS3. It was actually first demonstrated back at E3 but it had no fixed release date. Sony has now said it will be coming out in Spring 2010. The new motion controller has two motion sensors, a gyroscope and an accelerometer which means it will be able to do everything the Wii mote can do.

There is no doubt that Sony has been slow with this generation of game consoles but the PS3 is now gathering some momentum. There is really no contest when it comes to quality and functionality. The PS3 is clearly the best option available at the best price. The Wii has had its day and I doubt this price drop will stimulate many new sales, I predict a big Christmas for PlayStation 3.

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