Console war heats up

Microsoft looks like it could be hiding in the bushes with some pricing news, ready to jump out and spoil the launch of the PS3 and Nintendo’s Wii lat

Microsoft looks like it could be hiding in the bushes with some pricing news, ready to jump out and spoil the launch of the PS3 and Nintendo’s Wii later in the year.

After having strongly denied an Xbox 360 price cut, European marketing head honcho, Richard Teversham, told gaming trade mag MCV that the company had ‘a number of surprises’ and the console would prove ‘good value’ when pitted against the new competitors.

With a price cut already ruled out, the news suggests a plan to change the current 360 bundles with the addition of new games or accessories. Could this be time for Gates and co to roll out the HD-DVD add-on to combat the already Blu-Ray equipped PS3?

Always looking to get one over on its Japanese rivals, Microsoft has also had a dig at the cost of the PS3, suggesting the high price would be enough to turn members of the Sony faithful onto the 360 instead; even without changes, Teversham points out, the fully specced 360 will, at £280, always represent better value than the PS3 at a suggested launch price of £425.

Whatever it’s got planned, Microsoft may well dampen PlayStation party spirits. Keep your mouse pointed at Stuff Online for news as we get it.