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Sony's entry-level PS3 gets a price cut before launch

Console gamers in Japan were able to breathe a slight sigh of relief today when it was announced that Sony would trim the price of the basic 20GB PlayStation 3 console to 49,980 yen or $430 USD (down from $499 USD). The price cut is a direct response to the cries from the buying public over the high price of entry for the PS3 in comparison to its competitors. It was also announced that the base system would get HDMI output.

Even with the price reduction, the base PS3 is still priced well above its competition. It was announced two weeks ago that Microsoft would introduce the XBOX 360 Core System for the Japanese market at around $255 USD. Last Thursday, Nintendo announced a price tag of $212 USD for its Wii in Japan.

Sony's Ken Kutaragi remarked to reporters that "The Japanese users and media would not stop saying a price tag of over 60,000 yen, including tax, was too expensive." One must also remember that Kutaragi was also quoted as saying back in May that the $499/$599 price points were "probably too cheap."

It should be noted that while the price cut affects the 20GB PS3 model, there is no word on if the price will also fall on the higher spec'd PS3 with its 60GB hard drive, WiFi, and MemoryStick/SD/CompactFlash reader. There is also no word as to whether this price cut will extend to PS3s destined for US shores.

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Can't compare to core xbox
By Hemipower on 9/22/2006 3:49:37 AM , Rating: 1
"Even with the price reduction, the base PS3 is still priced well above its competition."

The base Ps3 now with hdmi, still offers more than the premium xbox for only 30 dollars more. Im not saying which system is the best as I currently own both the core and premium xboxs, but the the "base" ps3 still has bluray, hdmi, 1080p support.

If you ask me, i rather have the base for 430 than an extra 40gb, wifi, and media reader all for 170 on top.

RE: Can't compare to core xbox
By RedStar on 9/22/2006 4:08:43 AM , Rating: 2
xbox 360 also gets 1080p in a free software upgrade :)

hdmi ..pfft :) won't need that for 5 years according to the movie deal.

RE: Can't compare to core xbox
By robber98 on 9/22/2006 2:00:11 PM , Rating: 2
I said that before and I will say that again...

1080P through analog cable is a joke. With so many electronic components cramp into a small box, video signal will be degraded easily during DAC process. Without HDMI (digital connection), what's the point having a HD video player?

RE: Can't compare to core xbox
By ViperROhb34 on 9/24/2006 12:25:50 PM , Rating: 2
1st off all its clear that Bluray degrades if its not on HDMI.. HDMI is mostly about DRM ..

Its not clear what software upgrades and rights Microsoft will have.. Im sure they will patch the Xbox 360 because they wouldn't WASTE time upgrading to 1080p.. and show a picture with quality just barely above regular DVD..

Only Sony would do that.. just like how some got screwed buying Bluray recorders for their pcs and come to find out they can't even play Bluray movies on it !

RE: Can't compare to core xbox
By HueyD on 9/22/2006 8:48:39 AM , Rating: 3
Article from HardOCP. Price cut is for Japan only!!!

Quote "Sony is to cut the Japanese cost of its forthcoming PlayStation 3 console by 20%, the consumer electronics giant announced in Tokyo on Friday. The price cut is aimed at boosting the launch of the machine and making it more competitive with the Xbox 360. The price for the North American and European launch will stay the same."

RE: Can't compare to core xbox
By ViperROhb34 on 9/24/2006 12:22:13 PM , Rating: 2
You said the base PS3 offers more then the Xbox 360 for only 30 dollars more?

Are you smoking crack ? Read the article(s) .. The base PS3 is 430 US dollars in JAPAN.. The Base Xbox 360 is just over 200 US dollars in JAPAN... thats 200 US dollars TWO HUNDRED !! And if you read the article about the Xbox.. they are also selling the base Xbox360 in Japan with 2 games for free !

RE: Can't compare to core xbox
By Hemipower on 9/25/2006 5:07:39 AM , Rating: 1
No i don't smoke crack!

Again you are comparing the core xbox with the core ps3. Thats not even close! I have the core system and i got it for 200 used, and I still wish i would have just bought the premium ( which i also have). If you compare the 400 xbox premium to the 430 in japan ps3, the difference is 30 dollars and you get more with ps3. Now quality and available games etc that everyone wants to fight about is up to you. But from a hardware only stand point you'll get more with the ps3. Why not get the ps3 core from japan for 430 plus 20 for shipping (they are still region free for games right?) and theres your price cut!

As far as hdmi, I have seen people pay over 300 dollar of a premium just to have HDMI on a high end av reciever. So for sony to include this in the core and still give them a price cut is pretty significant.

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