Even though specific details haven't
been released by Sony, there are multiple rumors indicating the
company will release its PlayStation 3 Slim unit on August 18.
It will officially launch prior to the Gamescom event in Germany, but
details of the console are unknown.
Sony has vehemently
denied price cuts are in Sony's future, but there have been
several hints that were recently noticed the past few days.
Online retailer Amazon has cut the price of the 160GB PS3 Uncharted:
Drake's Fortune bundle from $499 down to $449.
In Japan, the
80GB PS3 is
reportedly being phased out, as the company plans to shift focus
towards the 160GB unit. Specifically, 7-Eleven will no longer
allow customers to pre-order the white, black and silver 80GB PS3s
after August 9, with retailers expected to only have 160GB units
Since its launch, the Nintendo Wii is the only
console that hasn't received a price cut, even though it's possible
that will change this holiday season. Analysts expect
Nintendo to drop the price from $249, but an exact price --
likely $20 or $30 -- hasn't been confirmed. In addition to
several game console bundles, Microsoft is expected to continue
phasing out the Xbox 360 Pro models in favor of the Xbox 360 Elite,
while also cutting prices.
All these unconfirmed rumors come
at a time when Sony's PS3 production
cost has dropped 70 percent since its launch in 2006. The cost
reduction for manufacturing has been described as "very
substantial" by Sony executives, which gives Sony no excuse not
to cut prices and attempt to attract new consumers.
interested in console gaming, or perhaps testing a different game
console, will likely be able to find good deals this holiday shopping
quote: From that point of view, a 360 and PS3 are toys compared to a decent gaming PC
quote: It ain't happening any time soon though. Nintendo is a profit driven company (Sony, like it or not, is not... it's principles driven)
quote: My hope is that Nintendo will jump the gun soon and release a serious effort. Nintendo has been piling up cash from the miserable Wii and the ackward DS, and that's great for them. But it would be nice if they did something nice for the world too, like design a decent console.
quote: Nintendo was WAY behind compared to the PS2/Xbox. A kids console. But as proven, old people (30/40+) and casual gamers would have no issue about the graphics performance of the console.
quote: Nintendo is a profit driven company (Sony, like it or not, is not... it's principles driven)
quote: Nintendo has like 3 more generations to catch up to playstation in graphics department of consoles
quote: Sony and Microsoft was selling there consoles at a loss for a significant amount of time.
quote: However, you don't need -any- addon's to enjoy the Xbox
quote: This is yesterdays news, the Xbox's failure rate is significantly lower thanks to Jasper
quote: That can be fixed by installing games to the HDD, and with the coming update you will be able to buy Xbox 360 games over Xbox Live. (On-demand).
quote: Totally besides the point. MS cuts were mostly borne by fees, Sony's weren't. Sony was certainly capable of lowering the shelf price further with such a method and never used it. I'm not saying they should have done it, I'm saying they could have and moved more units because consumers are poor assessors of long-term value. They're mostly fixated on the shelf price and couldn't foresee blu-ray's rapid victory and price declines. In fact, many people bought the HD-DVD add-on for $200 a pop, only to see it become useless. If MS had built it into the system, it would have at least still had relevance for games. But once again, that's a long-term value move and the 360 wasn't about that.
quote: If you plan on doing any kind of online play, any at all, you need to pay for a Live subscription. And that'll cost you $350 by itself over 7 years of ownership. The only time the 360 is a better value than the PS3 is if you have zero interest in netplay or blu-ray. Otherwise, you're just paying through the nose to get less.
quote: You seem to think I'm just offering a criticism in general. I'm mostly just arguing that it was a boon for MS despite the negative criticism. It got MS a full year to get an early install base and increase the likelihood that friends of those people would get a 360 as well in order to play with them. Let's say you've got 10 gamer buddies. Two of them get a 360 the year that the PS3 isn't even out yet. What do you think the other 8 are going to choose? A console that guarantees not all of them will able to play together? One sale locks in many others. MS understood this, they knew they had to release early at any cost and it worked wonders for them.
quote: But the HD for 360's is proprietary and costs 3x as much per GB as one for a PS3. And again, you're not actually addressing the point of my post, which is that MS succeeded not because they offer a better value, but because they released sooner and understood better how consumer's perceive value. Sony can't continue to treat consumers like intelligent creatures who want reliability and longevity above all, they will get murdered. It only works in Japan. Our market has spoken predominately in favor of a cheaply made, rushed core units with options and services sold separately at high markups. It works. It sells itself. You have people everywhere selling it to others because they would never disparage a strategy they bought into.
quote: which gives Sony no excuse not to cut prices
quote: Analysts expect Nintendo to drop the price from $249, but an exact price -- likely $20 or $30
quote:All these unconfirmed rumors come at a time when Sony's PS3 production has dropped 70 percent since its launch in 2006. The cost reduction...