It was predictable that once we knew the local price for the Xbox One that the pre-order offers would come in thick and fast. EB Games has shifted down to the $599 asking price, Harvey Norman’s still sitting on $888, and so far, the best “deal” (if you can call it that) comes from JB Hi-Fi.
To be fair to Harvey Norman, their pre-order form does note that if the price drops before launch, you’ll pay the lower price, so that $888 price point will only hold until somebody over there wakes up, I guess. Meanwhile, EB Games is offering up the console at straight RRP, while JB Hi-Fi’s the first to official offer a price cut on Microsoft’s shiny new box of tricks.
Noting even that its pricing isn’t “final”, JB’s offer is for an Xbox One for $598. That’s a whole dollar saved! Party time!
Honestly, I’ve got to say that you’re utterly mad if you pre-order now. Without a shadow of a doubt as launch time nears, there will be bundles. Some of them may not be great — shovelware games, third party controllers, pillow pets in the shape of the Xbox One and so on — but even if you just shifted them via eBay or traded them straight back in, that’s got to be better than just the plain console. Especially given the lack of backwards compatibility, because it means nobody will just buy the console on launch day. What would you do with it?