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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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RE: I'll wait
By afkrotch on 10/1/2007 1:19:27 AM , Rating: 2
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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.


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