Analyst embarrassed: says non-Blu-ray PS3 incoming

Gamezine: "Industry analyst Mike Hickey of Janco Partners believes a PlayStation 3 price-cut is imminent. He embarrasses himself by claiming that it'll be the removal of the console's Blu-ray drive that'll help Sony make the cut.

In his latest industry note and posted on, Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey reveals that a PlayStation 3 price-cut is probably-maybe on the way. He states that "recent channel checks indicate increased speculation for a PS3 price cut announcement from Sony in the next couple of days."

This in itself isn't laughable. I personally agree that all signs point to a PlayStation 3 price-cut sooner rather than later. In fact, I argued that April 2009 would be the perfect time for such a cut.

This is perfectly fine, but Hickey believes that Sony will afford the cut with the following strategy:

"We are also hearing continued speculation that Sony is working on a non-Blu-ray PS3 console, which could enable them to make the aforementioned hardware price reduction."

A non-Blu-ray PlayStation 3? Riiight. That'd make sense, since who wants to buy a PlayStation 3 that plays Blu-ray films and...PlayStation 3 games!?"

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piam453555d ago

then it would b a xbox 360...... how lame

GrieverSoul3555d ago

A PS3 that doesnt read PS3 bluray games would be sweet! How cool is that!

Whats next Mike Hickey? A Xbox360 without a DVD drive?

How awesome!

End of sarcasm!

SL1M DADDY3555d ago

Sorry, but to say there is a PS3 with no BD player in it is simply stupid. Epic fail on the analysts side of things.

Scelestus3555d ago (Edited 3555d ago )

I suppose a "PS3 Arcade" that only plays PSN titles would be feasible and pretty cheap.

Narutone663555d ago

Please take note of the first 4 letters in "Analysts". Then you'll begin to understand.

Crazyglues3555d ago

I mean Epic Fail comes to mind, but somehow it just doesn't seem big enough for how badly this guy fails.. It's more like Epic Gigantic Fail... LoL

kazuma3555d ago

nah, i think this guy is right. whenever i boot up uncharted or killzone2 i hear this crazy chanting, like black magic or something. i think the ps3 is using that to render the games.
i guess they could just release a ps3 that also has black magic to play those movies and games.
just be aware that with the next version of the ps3, u might have chanting AND sacrificed animals all over the house.
good call pal.

Violater3555d ago

At least he got the first 4 letters of his job title correct.

madpuppy3555d ago

every game for the ps3 uses blu-ray discs.

some bombshell you got there, Sony is making an incompatible version of the PS3 called the PS3...

and download all your games is just stupid.

Yipee Bog3555d ago (Edited 3555d ago )

I wonder what everyone else thought when he personally told them about a BluRay-less PS3. "Ya, I think Sony will remove the BluRay unit...."
Everyone else: "Now wait a damn minute here"


DaTruth3555d ago

It's time for people to face it! Microsoft's business plan is to defeat Sony at all costs; Sony's business plan is to sell PS3's through good quality games and extras with no regard of what Microsoft is doing or how much they are selling.

We're talking about Sony; A company that threw tons of money into R&D on a bipedal robot that they had no plans to sell, just for the sake of making something cool.

zag3555d ago

I waiting for the non Cell PS3 then Sony will be able to make a huge cut I heard all about it from this guy.

I know it's ture because he's an anal so he'd be right up on all the details.

I thing that gets me is... Sony came out in Nov Dec 08 and said they have broke even and have been making profit from each console sold for the last 2-3 months but it's not a big profit so can't really drop price yet.

And this guy is running around saying they need to rip the drive out to make money, does the guy look at the news? I guess not.

DeadlyFire3555d ago

This guy is retarded. Blu-Ray is the disc format for the SDK and that isn't changing so neither is it in the consumer SKU. Blu-ray is required.

na2ru13555d ago

any elaborations? thought not

ThanatosDMC3555d ago

Wonder how much these guys get paid...

majorsuave3555d ago

You can't spell ANALYST without ANAL.
My point is made. Try to out-mature me.
Alright you just did.

Snoogins3555d ago

If the digital download standard future were here now, I could see Sony dropping the blu-ray drive, but they'd have to compensate by a larger HDD. This would also encourage more use of their gaming and video store downloads but at the cost of possible blu-ray sales, which I do not see Sony wanting to give up their disc media just yet. I remember seeing an article on N4G a few days ago talking about Sony offering PS3 game downloads for $39.99 on PSN as well as a $59.99 blu-ray option, so this could be what the analyst is considering, but how large would a game like MGS4 (around 32GB on disc) be on the HDD without the redundancies of programming? Also, I would see sacrifices made to the quality of audio to fit it on the store as well as make it easier to download (Burnout Paradise which is roughly over 3GB takes me over 2 hours to download on 5mbps cable). Right now, the analyst's prediction isn't feasible, but possible near the end of the lifecycle, but only if Sony makes all games a PSN download by then.

pixelsword3555d ago (Edited 3555d ago ) opposed to an "Epic" win.

Which will come in March. :D

LoVeRSaMa3555d ago

I actully laughed out loud!

Shows how much he knows about the PS3.

narked3555d ago

is he being paid??

i mean to say that kind of bs ???

*packs up and starts the road to being an analyst*

SasanovaS7773555d ago

goes to show you whos in the journalist and analyst business these days...pure idiots

Masta_Killa3555d ago

Not everyone is online. How the hell would they even play a game?

caliman873555d ago

These are probably the same analyst that tell you should of invested more a few months back.

Nonsense 4 Gamers3555d ago (Edited 3555d ago )

OMFG This guy is right! I just went to my local Target Store and they already have the PlayStation 3 without Blu-Ray in stock! Look here's proof!

MNicholas3555d ago

It adds a hell of a lot more than $50 of value to the final product and is a huge boost to the Blu-Ray association (of which Sony is a member) and movie studios (who like Blu-Ray's anti-piracy feature and can't wait for DVD to die).

To remove an enormously valuable "value-add" feature would be utterly stupid when all Sony get's in return is the ability to cut a relatively meaningless $50 off the price. Why would Sony do it when $50 is not a significant price-cut? Ask the stupid analyst since he's the only one on the planet who thinks it makes sense.

There's a reason all those investment banks went under. I had a lot of friends who lost their jobs when those investment banks collapsed and they were equally clueless about this stuff.

Yipee Bog3555d ago

I went to Target today. Saw Killzone in the window. Told the employee to hold it while I got my preorder and money for my Gamestop reserve. Got the money, went back to Target, flashing the money and she starts to ring it up ;D she then replies "I'm sorry this cannot be sold until the 27th" How about them apples?!!?!?!?
What can I say, I'll get it though, but I still feel like donkey D**K

madpuppy3555d ago

had an article stating it is the best future proof Blu-ray player on the market today, I probably have never bought it without that feature. Best purchase I have made in a very long time. not only is it a excellent blu-ray player it is a great gaming machine and a great media PC. and On top of all that it is RELIABLE!

Nonsense 4 Gamers3555d ago

And I though Pachter was an idiot

thesummerofgeorge3554d ago (Edited 3554d ago )

lol! it's especially funny cause he clearly lied when he said "We are also hearing continued speculation..." obviously no one's been speculating such a ridiculous claim, so he just said that to make his lie sound more legit.

To be a so called analyst and not even know what format the Ps3 uses for it's games is unacceptable, I mean it's not like it hasn't been heavily talked about in the media, ie how large games like MGS4, KZ2, LBP etc. could only fit on BD, it's one of the main selling points of the system, hell the games come in a BD CASE! In my opinion this guy should be out a job, give it to someone who has a clue about the industry. How embarrassing for him, credibility GONE!

This guy needs to disappear.... Change his name, start a new life somewhere obscure, till the world forgets this JUGGERNAUT of a FAIL!

Edit: PS oh yeah, fire the moron who edited the article while your at it.... What a low point for this already shameful profession.... Pshhh.. "Analysts" my ass!

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dorron3555d ago

It's funny how some people earn their money...

Someone fire this guy, please!

silvacrest3555d ago

i think i could be a good analyst
it seems the truth and common sense is not requiered and i can make up bull sh!t just as good as anyone else

i'll just need to remember to leave my brain at home and i should be good to go...

iHEARTboobs3555d ago

Not only is he considered an "analyst" but apparently no one bothered to actually think about what he wrote. And what's even sadder is that a "gaming" site quoted him on it without even thinking about what he was saying. Faildaily strikes again. And to the "analyst," please pull your head out of your @ss.

Raz3555d ago

We've heard speculation that deflector-beanies made of household tinfoil will protect you from mind-control rays; as well as there being confirmed inside information about theories concerning the existence of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster.

It may be too early to say for certain, but industry analysts have also confirmed that there are several sources claiming the existence of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and leprechauns; although we probably won't know probable details until maybe later this year.

JustV3555d ago

who wrote this? this is not even logical. This is a stupid article and whoever actually wrote this must be retarded to actually believe in that. You buy a PS3 without blu-ray? umm then what type of Disc do you actually put in to play games? or movies? So just use as a media center? Sony is not that stupid to do that....

techie3555d ago

Industry analyst Mike Hickey of Janco Partners - the guy who's the third story on the front page.

Gothdom3555d ago

2009- the discovery of an analyst more stupid than Micheal Pachter.

LorD3555d ago

to get a cell powered PS2!

techie3555d ago

It wouldn't play PS2 games though...

whoelse3555d ago

A PS2 that cant play PS2 games! FTW

bviperz3555d ago

A PS3 that doesn't play any Sony games, just DVD's! Wait a minute...

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anh_duong3555d ago (Edited 3555d ago )

a non-blu-ray ps3 .. that made me chuckle..

i also heard that sony are also releasing a new flatscreen tv that goes with this cost saving non-blu-ray ps3.. to save cost this flatcreen tv doesn't even have a flatscreen - it only has speakers..

new sony cost saving flatscreen tv according to junko analyst, Mike Hickey :

Bloodwar3555d ago (Edited 3555d ago )

The flat screen is more than speakers. Its a picture frame with instructions that says "Open back. Insert picture here." lol
Yes, this is a B.S. article. lol Hey, btw, where are my bubbles? =)