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Sony enlists Chinese manufacturing to make low-cost PS3

As part of a continuing effort to reduce the cost and selling price of the PlayStation 3, Sony will tap an additional manufacturing partner to make the hardware of its latest console.

Sony recently enlisted the help of Hon Hai Precision Industry, perhaps better known as Foxconn, to produce lower-cost PlayStation 3 consoles, according to EMSNow.

Since the launch of the PlayStation 3 during November 2006, Sony relied on ASUSTek as the main manufacturer of its console hardware.

Producing the PlayStation 3 may be a new experience for Foxconn, but it is no stranger to making consoles for Sony. Foxconn currently produces PlayStation 2 consoles, which continues to sell in greater numbers than the PS3.

Foxconn also manufactures Xbox 360 components for Microsoft and Wii parts for Nintendo.

Although Sony is tightlipped on its pricing plans for the PlayStation 3, analysts are expecting the current $599 80GB console to drop to $499 once supplies of the 60GB machine are completely depleted.

Furthermore, according to an Internet report, Sony will not only drop the 80GB machine down $100 to $499, but it will also introduce a new entry-level 40GB offering that will come in at another $100 less at $399 – just $50 more than Microsoft’s 20GB Xbox 360.





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