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FYE ad  (Source: Kotaku)
New ads from FYE, Kmart, point to lower PS3 price

The rumors appear to have been true and the official price cut for the PlayStation 3 will be happening soon. There have been plenty of reports that a “slim” PS3 will be announced some time this month along with price cuts for existing “fat” PS3 units (currently available in 80GB and 160GB variants).

Now the first confirmed reports of signage pointing to the $100 price cuts are finally starting to make an appearance. Over the weekend, FYE leaked signs showing the 80GB and 160GB PS3s priced at $299.99 and $399.99 respectively – this marks a $100 price cut for each model. The ad notes that the pricing is “while supplies last”.

Engadget notes that further confirmation came from none other than Kmart. The retailer has an ad running on its website that notes “The Rumors Are Reality -- New Low Price & a New Exciting PlayStation 3”.

Neither ad lists a date for the pending price cuts.

Updated 8/18/2009
Kmart has a pre-order page on its website for a "Sony PS3, SLIM" priced at $299.99. The release date is listed as 8/24

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It's a start
By djc208 on 8/18/2009 7:20:12 AM , Rating: 1
Sony needed to do this months ago. Stand alone BD player prices have been dropping, the X-box is cheaper, and neither have enough good exclusive games to really justify the extra money (plus the arguably better online x-box content).

They also need to re-name the units or somthing to justify why the 160GB is a better buy, because 80 GB of extra storage is not worth $100 when for less than that you can get a 1TB HDD.

Sony can tout better hardware all they want, as the Wii has shown it's all about the experience, and Sony hasn't shown that their superior hardware delivers a better experience than the competition.

RE: It's a start
By spartan014 on 8/18/2009 7:56:16 AM , Rating: 5
Those who are aware of this will buy the 80GB one and replace the HDD.

Those who are not comfortable with tinkering the console, will buy the 160GB one..

Sony knows which among these two groups is the majority. It is as simple as that.

RE: It's a start
By FITCamaro on 8/18/2009 8:46:45 AM , Rating: 2
You can't get an internal 2.5" 1TB hard drive for under $100. However you can get a 250GB one for under $100.

RE: It's a start
By Murst on 8/18/2009 9:38:14 AM , Rating: 4
Many 500GB are under $100 now.

RE: It's a start
By Samus on 8/18/2009 10:39:25 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Just got me a 500GB external for my Wii. Cost 86 bucks at Fry's. I'm sure I could crack it open and find a SATA drive in it.

RE: It's a start
By FITCamaro on 8/18/2009 11:12:45 PM , Rating: 2
500GB != 1000GB

Good to see prices are coming down though. I bought my 250GB drive in my PS3 when they were $80.

RE: It's a start
By Falacer on 8/18/09, Rating: -1
RE: It's a start
By MDE on 8/18/2009 10:55:17 AM , Rating: 3
That's a 3.5" drive, the PS3 uses 2.5" drives.

RE: It's a start
By Ryanman on 8/18/2009 2:09:50 PM , Rating: 2
you can still hook up 3.5" ones externally though, correct?

RE: It's a start
By FITCamaro on 8/18/2009 11:15:41 PM , Rating: 2
You can't save or install games to external drives though.

RE: It's a start
By Chaser on 8/18/2009 10:26:58 AM , Rating: 5
In your opinion maybe. Check out the numerous PS3 exclusives and I think you'll discover a slightly noticable differnce in experience compared to the Wii.

RE: It's a start
By manofhorn on 8/18/2009 12:15:50 PM , Rating: 2
I thought the point of getting the 160gb ps3 was because the 80gb version wasnt backwards compatible with ps2 games. Would replacing the hdd suddenly fix that? Or do you expect people able to substitute hdds in their ps3 to be also able to make their ps3 backwards compatible?

RE: It's a start
By jonmcc33 on 8/18/2009 7:39:02 PM , Rating: 2
It has nothing to do with the hard drive. The original PS3 had a hardware Emotion Engine in it to provide backwards compatibility. The next version merely did software emulation of the Emotion Engine. No brand new PS3 has capability to play PS1/PS2 games regardless of the size of the hard drive.

Your best bet would be to get the 80GB version and spend the extra $100 on a 500GB SATA hard drive.

RE: It's a start
By FITCamaro on 8/18/2009 11:16:20 PM , Rating: 2
All versions can play PS1 games.

RE: It's a start
By PuravSanghani on 8/18/2009 2:49:47 PM , Rating: 2
After looking at some screenshots of this new model, it doesn't look like consumers will be able to easily replace the hard drive as was possible with the original PS3 models.

Can someone confirm this?

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