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Sony Finally Cuts PS3 Price

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SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA INTRODUCES NEW 80GB PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3TM); ANNOUNCES NEW PRICE ON CURRENT 60GB MODEL 80GB System Designed for Today's Connected Gamer, 60GB Price Now $499

 

FOSTER CITY, Calif., July 9, 2007 – Sony Computer Entertainment America(SCEA), Inc. today announced a new 80GB model of its PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3TM) computer entertainment system. Beginning in August, the new PS3 model will be available in North America for a suggested retail price of $599/$659 CND and will be sold with the popular online-enabled racing game MotorStormTM. In conjunction with this news, the company also announced that effective immediately, the current 60GB PS3 model will be available in North America for$499/$549 CND, or $100 below the original launch price.

 

Joystiq. Also including a poll with this post to see what pops up from folks.

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Good news but... $499USD is still a sh.tload of money. Also I think the Australian price will still be closer to $599USD even if they do cut it :/

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You say "finally"... but it's like the fastest price cut in the history of video game consoles... 8 months -- 100 dollars.

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another example of sony's loyalty towards their consumers.

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Bah humbug!

 

$100 price drop for 20GB less .... who would want the 80GB PS3 for $100 more?

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another example of sony's loyalty towards their consumers.

Loyalty? They did it because it wasn't selling en masses as it was expected, also the harsh critism against it's initial price, including when Ken Kutaragi previously mentioned when first released that the price "was not high enough." If anything this is a way to get rid of stock and earn a profit on a machine that literally broke the Sony Hype Machine. If anything, Sony really needs to get their act together this generation considering the offering we've seen from both Nintendo & Microsoft already. Loss of certain exclusive titles and internal power struggles within Sony are to blame for this.

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This is still, a lot of money, for a machine that grills better then plays games.

 

Honestly, due to the huge amount of releases coming out this fall, if given the choice of getting a new system, I'd get a 360 Elite, or a Wii.

 

It's still overpriced, and now it's overpriced and lacking exclusives (I can live without FFXIII and MGSIV).

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Meh. Still gonna get a Wii instead of this.

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the 80gb model will not get the emotion engine, so goodbye to the PS2 games

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Meh. Still gonna get a Wii instead of this.

Wii is still till this day the best choice of the three. Even with the damn price cuts, they are too expensive and relying on ports and sequels for sales. No originality. Well except Guitar Hero 2. i <3 that Game. Althought im getting the 360 =]

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the 80gb model will not get the emotion engine, so goodbye to the PS2 games

Not really, just less compatible and compatibility improves with firmware updates. Removing the Emotion Engine from the PAL PS3 was already a desperate move from Sony to cut the price of the PS3, seeing as the retail price inflated when sold in Europe.

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