Nearly two years after it made its debut, Kinect finally received its first price cut on Wednesday. What’s more, Microsoft has knocked off as much as $40 from the motion-sensing peripheral’s original price tag of $149.99, which was considered a bit too steep back when the peripheral first hit the market. But as we all know, the Kinect became an instant hit, selling over 10 million units in just 60 days. That being said, it was probably becoming increasingly difficult for the Redmond-based outfit to justify the original price tag, given the seemingly irredeemable lack of quality titles.
Eight out of ten geeks agree: once you've taken an SSD's blazing fast speeds for a whirl, it's hard to go back to standard HDDs. (The last two geeks horde ripped HD video files like they're going out of style.) The problem is, the comparatively sky-high price point of SSDs have kept most folks away from their oh-so-sweet performance. New reports indicate that may change in the coming months, however, as the big movers and shakers in the SSD industry lower prices to try and squeeze out the little guys.
A handful of things in life are certain: death, taxes (you better hurry!) and, after seeing the Nvidia GTX 680 drop for just $500, the eventual lowering of AMD Radeon 7900 series prices. That was the common theory, anyways, but several weeks have passed with nary a word from AMD. Could conventional wisdom be wrong? Nope! AMD was just biding its time. Today, the company slashed the prices of not only the 7900 series GPUs, but the low-end Radeon 7770, too.
They may not manifest in time for Christmas, but price drops for Intel's Sandy Bridge processors are reportedly on the horizon. Word on the Web is that Intel has already given its hardware partners a heads up on plans to reduce Sandy Bridge CPU prices, and that some Core i3 and i5 processor price cuts will run as deep as 10-15 percent.
When Fusion Garage announced the Grid 10 tablet at $499, most potential buyers had a little chuckle. In the wake of the TouchPad fire sale and the massive success of the iPad 2, that price seemed far too high. Today Fusion Garage has dropped the price of pre-orders by $200 to a mere $299 for the 10-inch slate.
Sony over the weekend dropped the price of its PSP handheld console from $170 to $130. At the new price point, Sony is hoping the PSP can finally topple Nintendo's DS in weekly sales, a feat that should be possible with the 3DS just around the corner. In addition to the price cut, Sony also added a handful of new titles to its "Greatest Hits" and "Favorites" libraries.
It looks as though video streaming site Hulu is on the verge of dropping the price of their Hulu Plus service dramatically. The pay service, which launched in June for $10 per month, could be cut in half to only $4.95 a month. This may be an indication that Hulu has been unable to lure in enough users during the beta period to make the service viable.
Hulu Plus as designed to bring in a second, and presumably larger, revenue stream. But lacking selection has apparently stifled demand. Many of the shows Hulu offers additional content for on Hulu Plus are from the studios that own stakes in Hulu including Fox, NBC, and ABC. Most cable shows are left out of the Hulu Plus line-up.
We're forced to wonder, is this an indication that Hulu won't be getting a better selection? If they could beef up the catalog, keeping the $10 price point could be a possibility. Since they are lowering the price, that could be a sign that it isn't getting much better than this. Would you subscribe to Hulu Plus for $5 a month?
Hard drive makers and memory vendors alike continue to charge a king's ransom for solid state drives (SSDs), which if there's a silver lining to this, it's that HDDs are more affordable than ever, and they're about to come down in price even more.
Citing un-named sources from major hard drive players, Digitimes says HDD quotes in Taiwan at the of June dropped 10-20 percent from where they were at the beginning of the second quarter. While the steady march of SSDs is no doubt playing a role, the bigger reason is that HDD makers adjusted their shipment forecast for the third quarter due to Europe's bond crisis.
This seems to affecting all levels of hard drives, especially the larger models. Capacities over 500GB were down an average of 20 percent at the end of June compared to one quarter ago, while 250GB and 320GB capacities dropped an average of 10 percent.
Give Dell a few more months and it will ensure that its Adamo ultraportable range is ultra-inexpensive too. It has already affected two price cuts in the 10 months following the Adamo's launch. The latest price cut means that the Adamo is now treading irresistible waters.
To the victor go the spoils, so why then is Sony having such a tough time pushing its Blu-ray format on consumers now that HD-DVD has long been laid to rest following the high-definition format war? There's no single answer, and instead the explosion of digital downloads (thanks in large part to Netflix, who is intent on getting its streaming service on every device out there), upconverting DVD players, and high prices are all factors leading to a slower adoption rate than many might have thought.
Looking for a holiday surge and reacting to market conditions, high prices may soon become less of a factor. According to ABI Research, holiday season prices for Blu-ray players could hover in the $150-$200 range, despite previous market forecasts to the contrary. The price drops can already be seen, particularly in what ABI calls tier 2 players, models which have been available for 6-9 months. On Amazon, it's possible to pick up an earlier model player along with four Blu-ray movies for under $200, and more deals like it will probably surface within the next month.
Would you be willing to jump on the Blu-ray bandwagon if player pricing drops to the $150 range? Hit the jump and let us know.