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  Microsoft slashes Xbox price
Updated 18 April 2002, 10.36
The Xbox launches
Xbox makers, Microsoft, are slashing the price of their games console in the hope that it will sell better.

From 26 April, it will set you back 199 instead of 300 in the UK.

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It means it's the same price as the Sony PlayStation 2, which has been a huge hit in the UK.

The Xbox launched in the UK in March and loads of eager gaming fans queued for hours to get their hands on it.

But Microsoft are worried it's not selling as well as the PlayStation.

And with Nintendo's GameCube set to go on sale on 3 May at 150, Xbox faces even more competition.

'Thanks'

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The price cut could annoy the thousands who queued to buy the console at 300.

So, Microsoft have promised a special "thank-you package" for them.

If you bought your console before 26 April, you can apply for the "thank-you package" until 1 July.

It includes a free controller and two games!

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