Not to be left out, Sony today announced some product shuffling of its own. The “non-special edition” 80GB PS3 is returning to the lineup in September – but this time, the console will be priced at $399.99. The 80GB “Core Pack” as it will be called will mirror the existing 40GB model in everything but maximum storage capacity.
The $399.99 price doesn't leave much room for the existing 40GB which occupies the same price point. Sony could make a move similar to Microsoft and reduce the price of the console to $299.99 until the stock is depleted, and then drop the SKU altogether. On the other hand, the company could set the price permanently at $299.99 and leave the SKU in the product mix.
No matter what option Sony ends up choosing, better-equipped and cheaper consoles are a win-win for consumers.
quote: Looks to me like they are simply looking to improve their profit (or reduce loss) by removing stuff they assume most people don't care about (which they may be right about).
quote: I have a whole stack of PS1 games waiting for a test run
quote: As blu-ray gets cheaper, PS3 will leap way ahead of xbox360,
quote: 1) The one you get in return has a higher failure rate than the launch units.2) MS covers the RROD only. There are quite a few Xboxes that have broken drives which are not covered.
quote: Definately glad I got a PS3 with PS2 hardware for BC.
quote: Better equipped? Quite the opposite.
quote: This PC is also better than the PS3 at f@h.
quote: For $500 I get a 500GB Hard Drive a better dual core CPU and a much better graphics card (ATI 4850 or Nvidia 8800GT), more system RAM, more GPU RAM, a DVD burner and PC games that are 1/2 the price of PS3 games and wireless Xbox 360 controller and PC adapter.
quote: I would have been happier if I had seen the return of the PS2 backwards compability, than a larger HD (which one can easily replace oneself).
quote: Why do we care, or rather why do so many of you give a crap about which console sells more?