Now with supplies of the 60GB PlayStation 3
dwindling, analysts are predicting that the 80GB PS3 will soon
drop to $499 to occupy the current cost-of-entry into Sony’s newest
console. Even at with the 80GB hard drive and included game MotorStorm, consumers may still feel
that $499 is still too much to pay for a games console – especially when the
competition is offering current machines for hundreds less.
Sony knows that this holiday season will be even more crucial
than last year’s launch window, as it will be the time to convince more than
just PlayStation faithful to buy into their new generation. According to an Ars
Technica source, 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
Furthermore, Sony may sweeten the deal by bundling with
either one or both SKUs with Spider-Man 3 on Blu-ray Disc. Packaging in the
super-hero blockbuster will further underscore the PlayStation 3’s duality with
its high-definition movie player capabilities (not to mention the shared font
style between the console and movie). Those looking to buy into Blu-ray Disc
may view the Spider-Man 3 PS3 bundle
as a strong value proposition. Spider-Man
3 hits home video on October 30, 2007, so don’t expect Sony to announce
anything until then.
For consumers wanting to game on the cheap, Sony realizes
that its PlayStation 2 is still a stunningly strong seller. For that reason, it
would not be surprising if Sony dropped the price of its PS2 console to $99, as
suggested by the report. With even stronger value PS3 bundles, to cheaper PS2,
redesigned PSP, Sony is gunning hard for a strong fall and winter.
quote: The X360 is what, 2 years old and just one new model(Elite) in addition to the existing two models?
quote: I don't think comparing the PS3 to the Xbox 360 is great. Xbox 360 several revisions already for better reason such that a "Premium" or "Pro" console will have 3 revisions within 2 years (Launch, Zephyr, Falcon?)
quote: ...for the prospective PS3 buyer to make an informed choice
quote: My two cents, Kevin firstname.lastname@example.org