Sony says strong sales of premium machines mean a price cut might not be necessary
It says: "We're seeing that the hard-core gamer is not afraid to throw another $100 at the PS3 because the value proposition is so rich." So why discontinue it then!
totally agree. im interested to see if the end of format war will have a direct impact to the ps3 sales. i predict it will...but only time will tell.
Well i heard that PS3 sales have increased a lot in the last few days.
I think a price drop of the better sku is what everyone wants. they dont want a dumbed down machine for 100 bucks less, they want the better machine for a 100 bucks less.
That's the hardcore who want that! I told you that the 40gb sales are more important so they can penetrate the casual market. Thanks a lot for all the people who bought the 80gbs because now Sony won't drop price as fast anymore for any sku.
whoelse - I think they are replacing it, not discontinuing the whole premium line altogether.
yeah it's a big decision for Sony they could either go on like this with decent sales or drop a price cut and give them a mahoosive boost i would drop MGS4 and a price drop as two-hit knockout combo
there`s "NO PLANS"
for what you get on both units are cheap wifi built in blu ray player, hard drive , my 60gb was bought in march in the uk for £469 when i compared that to the 360 add ons etc at the time i thought that was a bargain now with the 40 gb at £279 on amazon its cheap as chips,and best of all reliable system,
@ heyheyhey MGS has never been a real hardware driver. The game sells some nice amount of copies to PS3 owners that stepped in already waiting for their game, but that is it. Little Big Planet is a hardware driver though. It appeals to a lot more people in general. GTAIV is also one of those, too bad though it's multiplatform from day 1 on and the 360 has the most complete experience. Back to the possible price drop: the 360 will drop maybe even around the GTAIV release to around 279 to 299 Euro/Dollar. When that happens, Sony needs to follow.
We have already considered that your overlords, Microsoft, will plan a price cut around the launch of GTA 4. When that happens, expect us to react! MWAH-HA-HA-HA!!!
To say Metal Gear Solid isn't a hardware mover isn't strictly true. Metal Gear Solid 2 and Gran Turismo 3 were two of the first big titles on the PS2 and they shifted a ton of units. Even Metal Gear Solid on the PS shifted a few units.
poor marty boy- always stuck in the past you always refer to past events in order to carry out your ridiculous speculation but face it my good man- MGS3 wasn't highly publicised and was "only for the hardcore" as you put it MGS4 is different, it comes at a time when the Playstation brand needs it most and this time around it's getting more hype and publicity and Kojima-san has made it more action-oriented to appeal to the mass market, while retaining the classic stealth portion of the game to keep fans happy i don't know about the rest of the world- but already i know 5 people buying a PS3 for MGS4 it's a system seller- maybe not as much as LBP or FF13, but a system seller nonetheless but hey denial is a good thing.... somehow
i was thinking price drop gta time and bundle mgs4 and gta when it comes out triple hit combo
I've been saying it forever, with the Blu-Ray winning the format war, now Sony still have the cheapest Player out there that is capable of being upgraded via Ethernet. All other Stand-Alones will become obcelete, sucks for them. They are going to milk the hardcore movie buyer, that has been waiting for a victor of the formats, looking for a good Blu-Ray player that rivals some of the best out there. so this is not the time to cut prices. The PS3 is tapping two different Markets, at once. Like I said, risky but it was at the Expense of winning the format war. What you might continue to see, is if software sales don't really pick as they would like to, then that could be some of the cause. 10 million + PS3 sales does not really give us a good picture of the majority of gamers, nor dos the installment-base numbers do not really predict "exactly" who is really buying the PS3 device and why. Now maybe through PSN you can get a nice figure, since it is free, as to who is playing games and who is connecting. This is much different from MS POV with paying subscribers and a Hardware that was not built to tap into the HD movie market..
attatch rate is somewhere at around the "five point something" range. I'm not really worried about software. You bring up interesting points about price cuts too. Hitting two markets at once with one machine means they need to not only think video games but also BD. Still ... I have more faith then ever that, a newer skew will be released to replace the 80 gig. I have a feeling prices would drop around then too.
good points....which makes me remember what Sony said long time ago before launching the PS3...the PS3 was going to be a full entertainment center (or something like that)
It really is barely beginning.
i'll buy a ps3 no matter what... and f those who banned me from the gamer zone.. f u
yea the 80 GB only sold as much as the 40 GB because of all the anxious buyers who were worried by all the speculation online that BC and all the extra perks would be abandoned for a single 40GB SKU Hey, it worked on me :p
Price drops always help
well of course price drops will come, just not this quarter.
price drops are good for the consumer. Here's hoping MS slashes the price on the 360 to motivate them to do the same.
Mostly to play movies on, but I find myself playing more games than movies on it. It sits next to my PS2, so BC wasn't an issue, and the wi-fi is awesome as 99% of the time I can get on COD4 w/ no lag. It gets a lot of grief, but it does the job well, for both movies and games.
If Sony does find themselves in a Pinch they could keep the price the same but increase the value by offer free movie and game deals like they did last year which I believed helped a lot. Sony could hold out for a year play catchup then not only come with a price drop in 2009 but a slimmed down version of the PS3 with perhaps larger choice of drive to even better the value. One thing I wish Sony would do is add memory to the PS3. It is a lot like adding a hard drive as it doesn't alter the architecture between the CPU/GPU and does bring added benefits. PC programmers have been scaling games to different GPU/memory set up for years so games could easily be built and scaled for both the original PS3 and my fictional 2009 slim PS3. RSX with 512 MB of memory (perhaps even faster memory) and 512 MB of CPU you memory would more than guarantee PS3's 10 year life span (and I'm sure the devs wouldn't mind the extra memory) Heck, this could even work for the Cell if Sony wanted too. Same cell chip but offer a faster version ( 4 ghz, 5 ghz, even 6 ghz). IBM already anounce early last year they had stable versions of the Cell running at 5-6 ghz. 2009 would be a good time to release a soup up version of the PS3 (PS3 Extreme - kind of rolls off the tongue pretty nicely). If Sony does this and keeps the PS3 in the $300 price range could slow any threat of Microsoft coming out with $400 to $500 new machine in 2010 (which is likely to happen if not by Christmas 2009 - Xbox 360's 4 year mark - the same length the Xbox was out) I love competition. Its great for the consumer. Competition from Microsoft is what helped PS3 owners get to where Sony is right now. Microsoft is probably "not" ready to throw any big guns out this year hardware wise but if 2008 is a bad year for MS you could see a repeat of the last Xbox and the new Xbox whatever will appear 2009.
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