$199 Playstation 3, New SKU Inbound?

It’s a well known fact that the Playstation 3 costs a couple of bob more than it’s competitors, the Xbox 360 and the Wii. With Activision head honcho, Bobby Kotick recently scolding Sony over their price point and performance, it seems everyone but Sony themselves thinks the PS3 is over priced.

Just this week, Target stores in Australia were clearing stock of the 40 gig model PS3. Going for just $199 AUD ($160 USD), the unadvertised sale was quickly picked up by the Whirlpool forums and anarchy ensued. Within a matter of hours, the majority of PS3’s were absorbed by Target staff, with stragglers left to pick up the remaining stock.

What does this mean in business terms? Is this a premature sign that Sony are planning a new PS3 model, maybe making way for the Slim. Unlikely, given the size of the Australian gaming market. Something along these lines would be thought to first be trialed in the US, where it would make an impact.

Judging from recent analyst banter, they expect the PS3 to receive a price cut late this year in time for Christmas and the holidays. Gamerz Ink will be keeping a close eye on future sales activity, so stay tuned.

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$199? No. If the the rumor was $299 or even $249, I may believe it, but Sony’s losing so much money I don’t think taking double the hit on each sold would even enter their thought processes.

Thats alot of stretching…

I do expect an 80 gb price cut this holiday, and given the way Sony price cuts things like the PSP it’ll only be to $379 or $349, a mediocre cut at best. As for new model, I’ve no clue, but since my wife “borrowed” from my PS3 saving (that I got from selling my old one) I’m going to have to wait a few months to replace mine anyways…

[quote=“Groobmaster”]It’s a well known fact that the Playstation 3 costs a couple of bob more than it’s competitors, the Xbox 360 and the Wii. With Activision head honcho, Bobby Kotick recently scolding Sony over their price point and performance, it seems everyone but Sony themselves thinks the PS3 is over priced.

Just this week, Target stores in Australia were clearing stock of the 40 gig model PS3. Going for just $199 AUD ($160 USD), the unadvertised sale was quickly picked up by the Whirlpool forums and anarchy ensued. Within a matter of hours, the majority of PS3’s were absorbed by Target staff, with stragglers left to pick up the remaining stock.

What does this mean in business terms? Is this a premature sign that Sony are planning a new PS3 model, maybe making way for the Slim. Unlikely, given the size of the Australian gaming market. Something along these lines would be thought to first be trialed in the US, where it would make an impact.

Judging from recent analyst banter, they expect the PS3 to receive a price cut late this year in time for Christmas and the holidays. Gamerz Ink will be keeping a close eye on future sales activity, so stay tuned.

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Wow if thats really true geez they are going to be broke.

These people are high.

How did this thread get bumped up here?

Anyway… since it’s here, Amazon.com discounted the console price by $50 today on the Uncharted Bundle set.

People are retarded to point out that the PS3 has free online, while you have to pay for the 360’s online.

I’ve saved 150$ so far with my PS3. (50 bucks a year for Xbox live right?)

[quote=“JPjuice23”]People are retarded to point out that the PS3 has free online, while you have to pay for the 360’s online.

I’ve saved 150$ so far with my PS3. (50 bucks a year for Xbox live right?)[/quote]

Online isn’t relevant to every consumer. The price they have to pay to even own the console is not to mention the quality difference of XBL.

I found out today that Wal-Mart will be taking pre orders, to stock the shelves, at $249. I found out through a friend that is the Department Manager at our local store.

If you want the full experience of a console, and the games, you need online.

As for the quality, thats debatable, all systems, including the Wii, are nearly the same in terms of laggy-ness from my router.

[quote=“JPjuice23”]If you want the full experience of a console, and the games, you need online.

As for the quality, thats debatable, all systems, including the Wii, are nearly the same in terms of laggy-ness from my router.[/quote]

Yup, though I paid $40 for my XBL this year (for 13 months), and you get what you pay for. Sony’s online isn’t horrible, but honestly, it could be better nd more intuitive.

All three also have occasional issues from my wireless too.