The folks over at ArsTechnica’s gaming blog have an inside man who seems to be pretty good at getting the low-down on big gaming news before it’s officially announced. Now he’s predicting another PS3 price drop, a new model, and a PS2 price drop for the holidays:
Our mole has a great track record: both the Xbox 360 HDMI story and the wired Xbox 360 Rock Band controllers have since been confirmed. Whoever our friendly inside source is, he’s got some great contacts. Now he’s ready to tell us what Sony’s console pricing plans may soon look like. Here’s how Sony’s platform pricing will shape up by the holiday shopping season:
- 80GB PlayStation 3: $499.99
- 40GB PlayStation 3: $399.99
- Spider-Man 3 Blu-ray movie pack in with one, or both
- PlayStation 2: $99.99
The PS2 is still selling like hotcakes outselling any of the next gen machines and a price drop to $99 would only fan the flames, but a 40GB PS3 at $400 would be a huge announcement. It would definitely put one within striking distance for yours truly as I’m already over halfway there (my wife suggested I save up my birthday money towards a PS3). I’d happily give up 40GB of drive space for $100 considering how easy it is to upgrade the PS3’s 2.5” hard drive yourself and the fact that for less the $100 you can snap up a 160GB to slap in there. I’m not entirely sure I’d be using my PS3 to download movies and TV shows anyway so having a huge amount of space wouldn’t necessarily be a priority.
Of course this is still just a rumor, but the guy’s been right before so it gives me reason to be optimistic.