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PlayStation (Games) Christmas Cheer The Almighty Buck

Analysts See 80GB PS3 Dropping To $499 For Holidays 103

Posted by Zonk
from the it's-like-sony's-been-listening dept.
Gamsasutra reports on analyst predictions of another PS3 price drop in time for the holidays. This time, the 80GB sku would take the place of the now fully-cleared-out 60GB unit. "Jesse Divnich from fantasy video game prediction market simExchange has said much the same, adding that 'after examining more closely the hardware sales of the PS3 over the last 6 months we have come to the conclusion that the PS3 cannot remain competitive in the current North American environment at its current retail offering at $499 and $599 ... To remain competitive against the other consoles, the Sony PS3 would have to reduce its 80GB SKU by $100 down to $499. Other options, besides a price drop, could be the bundling of more free software titles, which has always been a popular option during the Holiday season.'"
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Analysts See 80GB PS3 Dropping To $499 For Holidays

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  • Like I care? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by nweaver (113078) on Tuesday September 04, 2007 @03:34PM (#20469307) Homepage
    As a gamer who plays, I'm currently enjoying Metroid on a Wii..

    When I finally get an HDTV, My $$$ are going to the evil Borg empire (rather than the Evil sony empire) and getting an XBox 360 for Halo and GTA IV.

    So why should anyone care about the PS3? The zealots who got them got them already, and all the rest are just not gonna care, get a Wii (gameplay) or get an XBox (more games and similar "oohh, shiny" graphics)
  • Re:Like I care? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by dsyu (203328) on Tuesday September 04, 2007 @03:44PM (#20469437) Homepage Journal
    So why should anyone care about the PS3? The zealots who got them got them already, and all the rest are just not gonna care, get a Wii (gameplay) or get an XBox (more games and similar "oohh, shiny" graphics)

    For some, it's a case where we're assuming (maybe foolishly) that the PS3 will eventually have some interesting and unique games that are otherwise unavailable on any of the other platforms. Examples of this for the PS2 for me would be Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, Ratchet and Clank, etc.

    It's akin to asking why anyone bothered buying an original XBox, when there were so many more titles for the PS2? If you were a Halo fan, the answer was obvious.
  • Prediction (Score:2, Insightful)

    by w.p.richardson (218394) on Tuesday September 04, 2007 @03:48PM (#20469509) Homepage
    Still too damn expensive for me. And most everyone else.
  • Re:Prediction (Score:3, Insightful)

    by andphi (899406) <{phillipsam} {at} {gmail.com}> on Tuesday September 04, 2007 @04:00PM (#20469705) Journal
    Indeed. "Slightly less prohibitively expensive" still simplifies down to "prohibitively expensive"
  • Re:Shocking News (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Pojut (1027544) on Tuesday September 04, 2007 @04:05PM (#20469793) Homepage

    even a tired old Halo game that looks just like last gen's Halo 2 is selling.


    Like so many others, you were judging a game's graphics based on its BETA. Liek so many other console gamers, this doesn't make you stupid, it just means you aren't used to the idea of a beta. See, in a beta, it is 100% assured that what you see is not the final product. Not in sound, balance, or even *gasp* graphics.

    Try doing a side-by-side comparison of Halo 2 with the single-player screenshots of Halo 3 in the latest issue of Game Informer. Is it the same art style? Well yea, it wouldn't be halo without it...are the textures FAR FAR superior and is the detail vastly above anything in Halo 2? Yes indeedy.

    Now stop being a little whiney bitch.
  • by trdrstv (986999) on Tuesday September 04, 2007 @04:54PM (#20470595)

    Just pointing out the obvious.

    Use the Wii to make gaming a family activity, and get the kid and your wife to game with you. All the fun of "in-person" multiplayer, without needing to invite people over.

    And even if the Wii gaming isn't your cup of tea... if your family likes it, the Wii may be the trojan horse that opens them up to the possibility of a 360 or PS3 for you... maybe even one for Christmas :)

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