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Retail briefs: Xbox, Piracy, Razor prices

Retail briefs: Xbox, Piracy, Razor prices

MS delays Xbox

Microsoft has extended the wait for its Xbox gaming console in the US by one week. The extension is due to "a number of strategic factors" that have surfaced in the past week, a spokeswoman for the company said. Microsoft would not give details about the delay but said it still plans to ship between one million and 1.5 million of the consoles to US consumers by the end of the year. Microsoft now will go head to head with Nintendo (America), which plans to launch its next-generation Gamecube video game console in the US on November 18. "This impacts Nintendo's launch because they're now up against Microsoft's marketing noise," said PJ McNealy, an analyst with research firm Gartner.

Pirates ousted

Games software retailers are celebrating the closure of an illegal software shop front in Sydney's Hilton Arcade. Store owners were issued with a written warning by the Australasian Film and Video Securities Office last month and advised representatives the business would close down. The store was doing a brisk trade selling more than 250 illegal games titles by publishers such as Microsoft, Ubi Soft and Take Two Interactive. No charges were laid against the proprietors, however subsequent visits confirmed that the premises were now closed. The shutdown also follows warnings by software distributor Take 2 Interactive.

E-tailers' prices get

the razor treatment

A new computer hardware search engine has been launched allowing consumers to scan up to 20 online retailers to find the best price on computers, peripherals and components. The search, at www.razorprices.com, takes around 15 minutes to retrieve more than 8500 prices and descriptions from over 320 URLs, so price updates are carried out daily. The site is attracting nearly 8000 unique hits each month from consumers and plans are underway to license the engine to other companies.


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