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New Sony PS3 FCC Label  (Source: FCC)
FCC documents show new Sony PS3 model on its way

With the slow but steady disappearance of the 60GB PlayStation 3 from store shelves, the effective entry-price for Sony’s newest console is once again $599 for the 80GB bundle. It’s unlikely that Sony will head into the holiday season at the same price point as it did last year, which is why industry analysts are predicting an upcoming price drop for the 80GB model.

Even at $499, the PlayStation 3 would still be priced well above its prime competitor – the Xbox 360 Premium at $349. Earlier this month, a report surfaced saying that Sony will introduce yet another PlayStation 3 iteration that could potentially occupy the $399 level.

The $399 model is speculated to come with a 40GB hard drive with no pack-in title. Sony would be expected to carry the 80GB model at $499 with MotorStorm or other title. Furthermore, Sony may sweeten the deal by bundling with either one or both SKUs with Spider-Man 3 on Blu-ray Disc.

A recent FCC filing by Sony may have revealed several new details about an upcoming PlayStation 3 model. Although the majority of technical details and photographs have been blocked from the public’s view at Sony’s request, the information available is able to confirm that the upcoming model – designated CECHG01 – is indeed a PlayStation 3 at the core.

Technologies described in the filing include Bluetooth, 802.11b/g WiFi, along with a number of I/O ports. The FCC report states that only two USB ports were tested (current PS3s have four ports) and there were no mention of memory card reader tests. Since the FCC is a radio test, it may not have required extensive testing of select PS3 features.

Earlier this month, Sony enlisted the help of top computer manufacturer Foxconn to manufacture low-cost PlayStation 3. The FCC filing could well be the first sign of the new product development agreement between the two companies.



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I'll wait
By acer905 on 9/27/2007 8:55:53 AM , Rating: 2
Till someone walks up and just hands me one. I've had bad experiences with sony products... And i hate paying for their logo..




RE: I'll wait
By BansheeX on 9/27/2007 9:13:02 AM , Rating: 2
What did they do, sell you faulty hardware and discs AND make you pay for replacement? :)


RE: I'll wait
By omnicronx on 9/27/2007 10:04:18 AM , Rating: 4
Keep Microsoft out of this, consoles aside Sony overprices their products by up to 30% of other manufacturers offering he same quality products. As the OP said, you pay for the name, your rants about Microsoft are not going to change that, just as the extended warranty obviously did not change your view of MS.


RE: I'll wait
By mars777 on 9/27/2007 12:42:35 PM , Rating: 2
First thing: Get Microsoft in this again because they do the same thing: overprice their products. Buy a Benq keyboard or mice and you get better quality lower price. The same applies to the OS. The only area where they are better is development tools.

About the Xbox:
They can extend warranty to 10 years if they want, the question is:

Do i have time and nerves to hassle with all that?

For <100 bucks they're cheaper ...
Well, I don't. If you do, please do it :)

When i know a product is factory faulty prone, i just don't buy it. No matter how long the warranty.


RE: I'll wait
By omnicronx on 9/27/2007 1:06:08 PM , Rating: 1
Of course you will pay more for any big brand name. Benq is cheaper than MS products, but MS also happen to be right on par with their main competitor Logitech in the keyboard/mouse market. So unlike Sony whom inflates prices higher than their direct competition with products that are no better, microsoft sets their prices around the same as the direct competition, which happens to be how just about every market works.

So once again, forget Microsoft in this one, Sony uses their brand name to sell products at higher prices than ANYONE else, there is really no debating this.

I guess you can say MS overprices windows, but this is once again not the same situation, as they essentially have the market to themselves whereas Sony does not.

I am not saying sony products are not good, I am just saying they overprice them over main competitors more than anyone else.


RE: I'll wait
By Loc13 on 9/27/2007 3:50:25 PM , Rating: 2
What's wrong with Sony pricing their products above their competition? Nobody forces you to buy their products. If you can find a similar product at a lower price from a competitor, you're welcome to do so.

It's like saying don't buy a BMW 3 series because you can find a similar performing car like Infinity G35 for much less.


RE: I'll wait
By omnicronx on 9/27/2007 4:31:50 PM , Rating: 2
Whats wrong with it? Sony uses many parts and the same technology as their competitors yet still costs much more than competing products, can Nissan say the same thing when comparing the G35 to a BMW? People buy Sony products for the Same reason why people buy BMW's, status. But BMW's also cost more to import (thanks to european union rules) among other things, so a BMW3 325 in North America may cost much more than the G35 that performs better. Sonys prices have nothing to do with this on the though, their prices are pure markup and they are selling you components used in the same electronics you compared the sony too.

What makes matters even worse is nobody judges you if say you have a 52" Hitachi or LG screen vs a 52" Sony screen as you still have a huge TV. On the other hand having a BMW over a Nissan could give you the appearance of 'having more money'.

If you think this is acceptable, then by all means have fun buying your marked up Sony products. Only Sony products i will ever buy will be used (and the ps3 when the price goes down ;) )


RE: I'll wait
By Timeless on 9/27/2007 5:57:32 PM , Rating: 2
Here's something you might not know omnicronx:

Infiniti is a luxury brand of Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. It serves as Nissan's luxury brand in the American, Canadian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, South Korean and Taiwanese markets.

So technically, if your driving an Infiniti, you're driving a Nissan. Last I checked, Infiniti is pretty much on par with BMW.


RE: I'll wait
By afkrotch on 10/1/2007 1:19:27 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Of course you will pay more for any big brand name. Benq is cheaper than MS products, but MS also happen to be right on par with their main competitor Logitech in the keyboard/mouse market. So unlike Sony whom inflates prices higher than their direct competition with products that are no better, microsoft sets their prices around the same as the direct competition, which happens to be how just about every market works.

So once again, forget Microsoft in this one, Sony uses their brand name to sell products at higher prices than ANYONE else, there is really no debating this.


Huh? Has blu-ray, has wireless, has media card reader, has diff OS load support, has tons of resolution support, has a browser, is a full blow media center (without a PC) and all cheaper than a similiar configured Xbox 360 and the Xbox 360 has less options after all that.

If Sony had a non Blu-ray, non wireless, non media card reader PS3, guess what? It'd probably cost less than a Xbox 360 core. They just decided to not have that option. Considering that the 20 gig version sold terribly shows that majority of the consumers wanted the options.


RE: I'll wait
By BansheeX on 9/27/2007 3:10:58 PM , Rating: 2
Are you saying that something being sold for less than cost is overpriced? Even in a field like televisions, I was impressed with how Sony's sets looked compared to the cheaper fare like Westinghouse insomuch that I see them as higher priced but not overpriced.

On stuff like computers, I agree with you. Sony does try to differentiate itself by selling style a la Macintosh to people who have money to burn on that kind of thing. It has nothing to do with overcharging me or you because WE DON'T BUY THEM.

These are all terrible correlations. The PS3 costs more because of blu-ray, HDMI, and a mandatory HD. Since you weren't interested in some or all of those features, the price wasn't worth it to you. That's a big difference from being "overpriced," which would imply that they're charging you more for the same thing a competitor is offering. And it's ironic that the OP knocks Sony's reliability record when the 360 has an estimated 33% failure rate. That's way higher than the PS2's laser issues.


RE: I'll wait
By omnicronx on 9/27/2007 4:45:18 PM , Rating: 2
1# I don't consider westinghouse a competing sony brand, Sony is certainly superior. I am talking brand names such as hitachi, jvc, lg, etc..

2#As for the ps3, I should have made it clear i was talking about the electronics they sell in general, and really not the ps3 at all. It's a very rare occurrence for sony to sell a product they lose money on, only to make it back in software sales.

3# as for the ps2, you are wrong on this one, the Fail rate for the first year of PS2 sales (the ones sold in the red box) was terrible, and probably much higher than 33%. I do not know one person who had a red box ps2 last them more than 1 1/2 years (and sony didnt offer any kind of compensation except to fix your console for almost the price of a new one, I had to spend an hour on the phone with sony bitching and complaining in order to get a new one). Of course fail rates dropped to essentially nothing (although it still existed) after the original laser issue, but one could argue the same thing about the 360, Most failed 360's came from the first year of production. I think the 33% is a scewed number anyways, as it probably includes all known returns, including all those that had to return their xbox 8 times. I don't consider a referb that has already been broken a new xbox.


RE: I'll wait
By The Sword 88 on 9/27/2007 10:05:44 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah actually have you heard of "Disc Read Error" say 3 times and I had to pay shipping each time and I had trouble with my PS when it had trouble displaying graphics for games like Blitz and I had to send it in to get fixed too whereas my Xbox and now my Xbox 360, which I got on launch day, have never had a problem. I dont care what the numbers say or how things have gone for most people my MS consoles have been more reliable than mt Sony ones.


RE: I'll wait
By euclidean on 9/27/2007 12:24:37 PM , Rating: 2
I'm going to laugh when you get the RROD...haha.

And who buy's electronic equipment from retail stores these days anyways? Go to newegg and you'll find sony burners just as cheap as NEC, liteOn, etc. I agree that they do overcharge, in retail situations...but why not just buy Wholesale?

Besides that, all my sony branded equipment has done exactly what I needed it to do, last long enough that I can pick up the new Technology for roughly the same price. Do you want your PS1 to last 35 years so you can keep playing it? eh, I think most people upgrade their stuff as technology goes on....at least I don't see anyone playing Counter-Strike: Source on a 486...rofl


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