Sony PS3 - no price cuts this year

With the recent price drops from Microsoft for their Xbox 360 console, it would have been a fair bet for anyone that Sony would have followed suit to compete.

If you were a betting person, you'd have lost. Sony have confirmed that their pricing as it stands will be their pricing going into the highly competative Christmas season.

With this Christmas firmly seen as a key point in the Sony hardware's life cycle, even given that the hardware is seen as a premium product by the manufacturer, with the current financial slowdown and the relatively cheap competition from Microsoft and Nintendo, it's anyones guess how well Sony will fair with this decision.

View: Financial Times

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magik said,
... yea, that's it. Open up a new line of credit to save some money on a game console. Pfff...


yeah, then I have to take a paycut to bail out the moron bank that allowed him to do it

The PS3 really is a fantastic machine with a lot to offer. I purchased one a year ago solely as a Blu-Ray player, but I've been surprised that I ended up gaming a lot with it. Comparing what you get with the PS3 to what comes with the Xbox360, you start to understand the price difference and see that the PS3 isn't a bad dealat all. As for the Wii, it's cheap, but I'm very disappointed in the titles that are available for it. After I finished Twilight Princess and Mario galaxy, the machine started to do nothing but collect dust. You can only shake a remote and flail your arms around for so long before the novelty wears off.
One thing that really upsets me about the newest bunch of PS3s is the lack of PS2 compatibility. My PS2 is on its last leg, and the PS3 does a much better job "upconverting" PS2 games than my television does. I also really prefer using the Bluetooth SixAxis controllers over the PS2 ones.

Skwerl said,
The PS3 really is a fantastic machine with a lot to offer. I purchased one a year ago solely as a Blu-Ray player, but I've been surprised that I ended up gaming a lot with it. Comparing what you get with the PS3 to what comes with the Xbox360, you start to understand the price difference and see that the PS3 isn't a bad dealat all. As for the Wii, it's cheap, but I'm very disappointed in the titles that are available for it. After I finished Twilight Princess and Mario galaxy, the machine started to do nothing but collect dust. You can only shake a remote and flail your arms around for so long before the novelty wears off.
One thing that really upsets me about the newest bunch of PS3s is the lack of PS2 compatibility. My PS2 is on its last leg, and the PS3 does a much better job "upconverting" PS2 games than my television does. I also really prefer using the Bluetooth SixAxis controllers over the PS2 ones.


.. any word on when exactly will it realease all the afore mentioned goodness? .. cause it kinda getting late..
or is this another "can of whoop-ass" a-la nVidia?

There are cheaper Blu-Ray players these days anyway. I prefer one that fits in my cabinet better with the rest of my A/V equipment.

No surprise, considering they are now doing an 80Gb one and various other bundles.

You either reduce the price of something that is the same, or stick more in the box. MS go with the former, Sony with the latter. Just a different way of doing things, although MS's will work better - for the most part people just buy whatever has the cheapest initial price, irrelevant of what is in the box, what extras you have to buy, etc.