Despite hopeful comments by analysts
, Sony has gone on the record (again) saying that it has no plans to cut the PS3's pricetag any time soon
. Next Generation reports: "'PS3 prices and shipment plans for the future should be determined by market trends and competition. Sony currently doesn't have any specific plan to cut the PlayStation 3's price.' Analysts believe a price cut is inevitable, as the company struggles to catch Microsoft's early lead with Xbox 360, and the $250 Wii continues to sell as many as can be produced. However, Sony's plan has generally been to hold tight and hope that demand for Blu-ray drives will increase, by the end of this year."
Relatedly, the company has outlined releases for the second quarter
of this year on the PS2, PS3, and PSP systems.