So just in case you feel like buying a nine year old console, it'll cost you a little bit less!
But yeah, all 'jokes' aside, a little price cut is never a bad thing. Microsoft has just announced it will be taking a sizeable chunk off a number of different Xbox 360 SKUs, presumably to try and get that extended lifespan the PS2 had all those years ago. I seem to remember that console would never go away. It was still shifting serious units until well into the PS3 era. Maybe Microsoft thinks it can pull off the same magic trick with the Xbox 360.
And maybe it can. The 360 is still being widely supported by publishers, with almost all major releases still somehow being release on last generation hardware. Publishers seem really reluctant to let go of that 80 million + install base, and who could blame them.
The price cuts are as follows...
4GB: $199 to $179 4GB with Kinect: $299 to $249 250GB: $299 to $199 250GB with Kinect: $399 to $299
Some fairly decent prices in there. If I had to pick one I'd definitely suggest the 250GB SKU for $199. Kinect isn't as integral to the Xbox 360 experience and I can't think of a single game that would justify paying an extra $100 for.
The price change occurs on October 1.