First Post!

By Maarten Goldstein, Sep 16, 2008 4:04am PDT

Nice to see that Microsoft didn't forget about little old Europe and lowered the price of the Xbox 360 here too.Additionally, in the Netherlands there is even more of a discount, with a 30 (Arcade), 40 (Pro) or 50 (Elite) euro rebate available until December 31st.I wouldn't be surprised if this sort of promotion starts popping up in other select European regions too, where the PlayStation is kind of the only console on gamers' minds.

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