Sony finally cuts the price of the PS3 by $100. Kind of.

Rumors of an impending price cut have been swirling for weeks now with full page scans of Circuit City ads showing the 60GB PS3 being advertised for $499 which is $100 off the usual price. Then Sony issues a flat out denial that it was so much as thinking of a price cut. Then came this AP story:

Sony Corp. announced a revised PlayStation 3 console Monday with a bigger hard drive for storing downloaded content such as video games and high-definition movies.

The new $599 PS3 increases the system’s storage capacity from 60 to 80 gigabytes and also includes a retail copy of the online racing title “MotorStorm,’’ a company spokesman said.

Starting Monday, the current 60 gigabyte model will cost $499—a $100 price drop.

The larger capacity machine won’t be available in the United States and Canada until August.

Technically speaking the 80GB PS3 model isn’t new as it’s the official version released in Korea and there’s been rumors that it would be headed to the United States at some point in time as well. So it looks like both rumors were true. They did cut the price by $100 and they’re bringing over the 80GB version. Though, when you think about it, all they really did was eliminate the 20GB model (that happened some months back) and replaced it with the 60GB model so they could move the 80GB model over without raising the price for the top end machine.

Not too sure why anyone would spring the extra $100 for the 80GB model at this point. There were some actual differences between the 20GB and 60GB models (built-in wireless, HDMI connector, etc.) that made buying the 60GB version worth the extra cash, but the only difference on the new 80GB version is the size of the hard drive and you can swap out your PS3 hard drive yourself if you want to. Tack another $10 onto that $100 you saved and you can swap up to a 160GB HD for the cost of the 80GB model. Not that it matters too much as $499 is still more than I can justify at the moment without hitting at least a 4 or 5 numbers on the lotto or something. Still it brings the possibility of owning one a little closer and perhaps by the time one of the must-have games is released it’ll be down by another $100 or so and I’ll be working in an over-payed bodyguard/lackey job for Angelina Jolie or something.

Hey, a guy can dream can’t he?


5 thoughts on “Sony finally cuts the price of the PS3 by $100. Kind of.

  1. I heard something interesting about the PS3, that it’s capabilities are not fully unlocked so that instead of designing new consoles in the future they can just sell unlocking software when the time is right and run the next generation of games on the same device. This may be to develop a kind of brand-loyalty through pricing, that it’d be cheaper to unlock a console you have than to buy a completely new one from someone else. Keeping PS3 prices high now may be to prolong the percied life of the machine for this to happen, but they risk driving away customers. They also risk illegal unlocking and competiters knowing exactly how to supersede the PS3’s future capabilities.

  2. Capabilities not fully unlocked?  A steep learning curve for programming on this extremely powerful, yet unusual system seems a lot more likely.  Midway though it’s life, the PSOne got a power boost in the form of the “PlayStation optimization code,” but one could look at that as Sony simply sharing tricks that their various software studios figured out.

  3. I think that’s just conjecture. Someone saw that happen with the PSP and thought it might be true with the PS3. There is, however, confirmation that the expression engine chip, which handles backwards compatibility will be removed from the 80GB and newer 60GB versions, leaving BC to software emulation like the Euro versions of the PS3.

    Found via Kotaku

    Les, I’ll tell you, I have had a hard time justifying my PS3 purchase. I’ve watched a couple Blu-ray dvds on it, played a couple PS2 games, and downloaded Calling All Cars. That’s it. Most games available for the PS3 I already have on my 360. The rest, I haven’t enjoyed any of their demos and don’t feel compelled to buy the full game. Don’t feel bad about not having one, at least until LittleBigPlanet comes out. wink

  4. Don’t feel bad about not having one, at least until LittleBigPlanet comes out.

    Is it just me or does this game bring back some memories of the the crazy junk they pulled for Mariocart DS.  The ability to fully customize and alter anything may lead to the dumping of all matters of internet memes into the system, some disgusting, some not.  Either way, the impact of internet graffiti within this game may very well kill it if allowed the freedom of expression that has so been promised.  I’m not saying people are malicious but it sure can be fun at times.  Beware of /b/tards Sony, beware!

  5. I’m waiting for Metal Gear Solid and Mortal Kombat Armageddon to be released on the PS3 before I’ll consider buying one.

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