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.