Now that the PS2′s started taking steps toward retirement with Sony ceasing its production in Japan, it seems GameStop doesn’t plan to continue letting the console under its roof for long. According to a leaked in-store display posted to Reddit by eGORapTure, the gaming retailer will longer accept the over 12-year old system for trade-ins as of June 1st. Our friends at Joystiq contacted multiple stores confirm the news to confirm the news and many said the policy is indeed set to go into affect. Unsurprisingly, PS2-related accessories and titles will also be unwelcome when the date rolls around. We’ve reached out to GameStop’s corporate representatives for comment and will let you know what we hear back. For now, you can find the full picture of the display after the break and more info at the via and source links. Hey, gotta make room for those PS4 boxes — whatever they end looking like — somehow, right?
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Google’s incoming 32GB Nexus 7 may be one of its worst kept secrets, with most estimates (and those leaks) pointing to a $ 249 price tag and a launch date later this week. However, it also appears that the 16GB model will drop its price down to $ 199, according to leaked images from both Office Depot and GameStop — great news for anyone who’s so far held off from grabbing the first Nexus tablet. While an official announcement’s been delayed by the forces of nature, we expect to hear more from Google sooner rather than later.
GameStop CEO Paul Raines is planning on adding a vintage games store to the company’s online offerings. The outlet has been amassing warehouses full of classic titles that were traded in over the years, and the chief sees a “sales opportunity” in going toe-to-toe with sites like eBay. There are still several problems to overcome, including conditioning, sourcing and refurbishing the hardware abused by our younger selves — but at least we might be able to replace our busted SNES controllers without worrying about getting outbid at the last minute.
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Earlier this month, Microsoft decided to try something a little different when it came to selling the Xbox 360. Their plan: to kick off a pilot program under which customers could shell out a mere $ 99 for a shiny new 4GB Xbox 360 and a Kinect, provided they inked a two-year subscription deal to Xbox Live Gold.
Now, it seems the time has come for that pilot program to spread its wings. Microsoft recently announced that later this month, all Best Buy stores and certain GameStop locations would be selling those subscription-friendly Xbox 360s.
Well, for a little while anyway.
Since this is far from a hard launch, Microsoft’s Larry Hryb notes on his Major Nelson blog that “this next phase of the pilot program will be limited in terms of both timing and the number of units available.”
To add to the difficulty of nabbing a subscription-friendly Xbox, Microsoft Interactive Entertainment President Don Mattick has said that fans have (perhaps unsurprisingly) reacted enthusiastically to the new pricing model. There’s a very real chance that your local gaming retailer will blow through their allotment of sub Xboxs in a jiffy, so Hryb recommends that interested consumers give stores a call to lock down availability details.
A report from the Wall Street Journal helps shed some light on why Microsoft is so dedicated to the slow and steady approach. Part of the process involves making sure that purchasers of this subsidized hardware pass a credit check, and are training employees to position the console correctly to potential customers.
It’s been noted plenty of times now that the subscription model isn’t exactly the best deal for consumers — they ultimately end up spending nearly $ 40 more than if they had just bought the hardware and a 2-year Xbox Live Gold card all at once — but it could prove to be a huge ally in Microsoft’s war to control your living room.
By lowering up-front costs in a way that no other console manufacturer has done before, Microsoft is fighting to lower the barrier to Xbox adoption in an attempt to further expand their reach. Cheap(er) hardware is only part of the equation though, as Microsoft proved the other day with their slew of Xbox-related media announcements that their gaming platform is maturing into something much broader — a full-blown entertainment platform.
Microsoft launched its 4GB Xbox 360 console with a Kinect for $ 99 early last month at its own Microsoft Stores across the US, but the company is expanding the deal to Best Buy and select GameStop stores later this month. The $ 99 deal requires a two-year subscription at $ 14.99 and comes with access to Xbox Live Gold. Microsoft describes the expansion to the new stores as the next part of its “pilot program” for the offer, limited in timing and numbers.
Those interested in the offer can cancel and return their console for a full refund within 30 days, though the first month’s subscription fee of $ 14.99 will not be refunded. There’s also an early termination fee for those wanting to cancel within the two-year subscription: $ 250 in months…
Diversification is the key to longevity. With that likely in mind, GameStop just announced widespread availability of Android tablets throughout its chain of retail stores. This comes after a 200 store trial that started last October.
These aren’t ordinary Android tablets, though. GameStop is pre-loading the Samsung, Asus, Acer, and Toshiba with extra gaming titles such as Sonic CD, Riptide, the Kongregate Arcade app and a free issue of GameStop’s gaming mag, Game Informer. Thanks to these extras and with prices that are inline with other stores, GameStop actually has a chance to capture a bit of the tablet market.
GameStop has recently been bulking up its non-game retail stock in a likely attempt to stop the bleeding. While brick and mortar locations still focus mainly on video games, the website offers headphones, tablet accessories, even refurbished iPods and iPads. The company started testing selling Android tablets last October. Today’s announcement states loud and clear that GameStop sees a future in Android tablets even if no one else does.
GameStop selling Android tablets in-store isn’t anything new, but we’ve been curious to see how well the initiative would take off following a soft launch at 200 locations last November. Things seem to be going swimmingly, as the company now has “more than 1,600 locations” stocking the slates. If you’ll recall, the devices all come with pre-installed titles of the retailer’s choosing, with models from the likes of Samsung, Acer, ASUS and Toshiba. There’s still yet to be any word about whether you’ll eventually be able to trade-in your own, but it would seem like a logical next step — aside from becoming an AT&T virtual carrier. Hit up the source link below to see if a store in your area is part of the lineup.
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Question by : How much will gamestop give me for a 4gb xbox 360 with a kinect? Pretty self explanitory. I want to know this because i got this in a contest but i would like a ps3 instead. does anyone know what i can get for this?
Answer by HjgjhWell im assuming tht that is a new xbox (slim) and i tried trading in a 20g old xbox HDD and they were gunna give me $ 3 so i said no. My estimate for you? 50-80$ ?
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Question by : How much will gamestop give me for my xbox kinect? Without the connect, but with bioshock, 2 controllers, and tales of vesperia. Cash or credit. I would like to know.
Answer by JakeBioshock: $ 2 (credit), $ 1.60 (cash) Tales of Vesperia: $ 11 (credit), $ 8.80 (cash) Controllers: depends on condition and type (standard, game editions, etc.)
Not sure about Kinect though…
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Question by : How much can i sell a used Xbox 360, 2 controllers, and a kinect for at Gamestop? Im planning on selling all my other games and xbox things, and making up the rest of the money to get a ps3. How much will I get for this?
Answer by ayeebooThe Xbox 360 Slim will trade in for 75$ in store credit and the Kinect will trade in for 25$
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