Nintendo is on the eve of launching a major offensive in the Console Wars with the launch of the Wii U on Sunday, November 18. Microsoft and Sony have just fired back with a range of deals designed to maximize sales of their own hardware (and hopefully steal some thunder from Nintendo, no doubt).
Here's a rundown of the deals Microsoft and Sony have announced:
$199 Ultimate PS3 Value Bundle: 250GB PS3 ($249 value), Uncharted Dual Pack (Drake's Fortune and Among Thieves), the inFamous Collection (inFamous, inFamous 2 and Festival of Blood), and a 30-day PS Plus trial membership.
PlayStation is also offering three PS Vita bundles, all at $199.99, available to shoppers on Black Friday (November 23) and Saturday, November 24, exclusively from select retailers:
$199 PS Vita Call of Duty Black Ops Declassified Bundle, featuring a Crystal Black PS Vita, Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified, and a 4GB Memory Card. Only at Best Buy.
$199 PS Vita Lego Batman 2 Limited Edition Bundle, featuring a Crystal Black PS Vita, and Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. Only at Target.
$199 PS Vita Assassin's Creed III: Liberation Bundle, featuring a Crystal White PS Vita, Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, and a 4GB Memory Card. Only at Amazon and GameStop.
Xbox 360 consoles and bundles for Black Friday:
$149.99 special edition glossy white Xbox 360 4GB console and controller with “Skylanders” and exclusive “Skylanders” figurine. Available at Walmart.
$199.99 Xbox 360 250GB console with “Skyrim” and “Forza 4: Essentials Edition” at Best Buy, Fred Meyer, Fry's and Newegg.
$199.99 Xbox 360 4GB console with Kinect and “Kinect Disneyland Adventures” at Target, Amazon, Sam's Club, Meijer, Kmart and Microsoft Stores.
Additional retailers will offer a variety of exclusive deals including:
GameStop: Xbox 360 250GB console with “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” for $249.99.
RadioShack: Xbox 360 4GB console with a wired headset for $169.99.
Toys R Us: Xbox 360 4GB console with $50 gift card for $179.99.