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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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One problem?
By MonkeyPaw on 9/22/2006 10:50:17 AM , Rating: 2
Didn't Sony say that they were going to ship mostly the high-end consoles early on? If so, this reduced price announcement is just smoke and mirrors. It makes them look more competative this holiday season, even when they're not. I guess eventually it will be nice when the consoles are more available, and I do commend Sony on adding HDMI to both models (as originally planned). Now if only HDMI TVs and Cables weren't so expensive.

RE: One problem?
By Hemipower on 9/22/2006 11:25:30 AM , Rating: 1
HDMI cables aren't expensive. Buying monster brand cables is a waste of money. I have a samsung hl-s6187w dlp tv with 1080p and I have tried 200 hdmi vs monoprice 10 dollar hdmi cable and there is no difference. If its digital like dvi, hdmi etc. than all the cables will perform the same.

Oh and dlp are dropping like flies. You could get my tv from BB for 2400 was 3400. And the 50" for 1800. amazon also has these with great price free shipping and no tax :). Just make sure you get the 87w model as thats the one with 1080p.

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