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Sony listing PS3 priced from $199, just in time for Playstation Move?

Upon checking Sony's brand new website which showcases all its 3D compatible devices, MaxConsole were amazed to see that the landing page stated that the PS3 starts from $199.99. Upon clicking the 'banner', MaxConsole did not see any PS3 priced at $199.99 so there is a chance this could be an error, but it would be a pretty BIG error for Sony's offical 3D website to make (Contrastingly, the older 'blu-ray' compatible page has the PS3 starting from $299.99). Likewise, the PS3 is calling for a price-cut considering the price of the Wii and the arrival of Playstation Move. It seems there is every chance the PS3 may get its own very own budget model without a huge hard drive for this $199.99 price point. Keep reading and click on the thumbnail image for all the proof.

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xTruthx2236d ago

They could barely hold to ps3's at 300 bucks, imagine 200 bucks :/

playstation_clan2236d ago

it'll be November 2006 all-over again

Bobbykotickrulesz2236d ago

This price drop alone would be enough to boost the economy two times what it was when Clinton was president!

YES! THIS IS IT! wait, i'm freaking out over nothing again.

WhittO2236d ago (Edited 2236d ago )

No way it could go that cheap! But WOW if it did haha.

MS would **** themselves if the PS3 was as cheap as their console, the PS3 is already outselling them WW each month even though it is the more expensive option.

Maybe $199 for PSP2?

wxer2236d ago

lol
if this is true
i think MS that rumor saying the MS is killing the 360 well be true too

HolyOrangeCows2236d ago

I like how they don't include a URL or even a mention as to the specified site.

Dark-Angel092236d ago (Edited 2236d ago )

http://www.sonystyle.com/we...

It has the PS3 price $199.99 at the bottom.

OSU_Gamer2236d ago (Edited 2236d ago )

Wait Wait Wait.....When MS drops the price, its because they are desperate and have nothing left to do, now that Sony does it...they are going for the kill?

Didn't Sony just announce that they are finally making money on the PS3? First, why would they cut the price now that they are making money...Second, if they truly did cut the price and are now losing money for every system, wouldn't that mean they are doing it for another reason besides "going for the kill".

Edit:

I'm not unhappy, because I need a slim to replace my release PS3, but this doesn't make sense to me.

wages of sin2236d ago

And had a Republican controlled house and senate. Don't get it twisted.

bioshock12212236d ago

I doubt it's true. Didn't they just barely started making money on the PS3 in march. So why would they risk losing money all over again. But if it were true then I would expect it to catch up to the Wii especially if it have the move bundled with it.

poopface12236d ago (Edited 2236d ago )

but I clicked on it(where it says starting at 199 and it doesnt have a ps3 listed a 199.99. Under bluray players it lists PS3 as starting at 299 also.

I dont thisn they would doo this since they are having trouble keeping up with demand.

that would be crazy if they did drop the price tho. Semms to me that they dont need to as 3d movies/games seem to be adding a great selling point for ps3 at its current price.

Shadow Flare2236d ago

does the ps3 really need a price cut? Its been selling out for months now. However if you want to get the casuals when Move releases, this is the way to do it

Darrius Cole2236d ago

There was a Republican controlled House and Senate under the second President Bush as well; you see what that did for the economy. Don't get it twisted.

Back on topic. A $199 PS3 would god-stomp, but it sounds too good to be true.

Anarki2236d ago

@Osu_gamer

Sony and Microsoft don't intend on making profit from selling the console alone, but selling software is where they pull in their profits. Why else would they put out a console that was losing them cash per sale..

nycredude2236d ago

Guys if you apply for a Sonycard CC and buy anything 299.00 and up on the website with it then you get $100 credit. That is how you can get a Ps3 for $199. This offer has been around for ages. I used it to buy my nephew a Ps3.

Comet2236d ago

A $50 price cut sounds believable... but $100 off??? I don't think so.

If the PS3 will truly be $200, then it's definite that the PS3 will finally outsell the 360 for total worldwide sometime in 2011. It's only a matter of time now.

HolyOrangeCows2236d ago

@Dark-Angel
Thank you.

@Nycredude
You're probably right.

nunley332236d ago

wages of sin has it all twisted. clinton had a democrat controlled house and senate until 1994 and that was the only thing that saved him from himself and got him re-elected.

UltraNova2236d ago (Edited 2236d ago )

If this actually happens MS will be forced to immediately do the same (price cut)and re-schedule the xbox 720 release date to 2011 if not earlier. Competing with the PS3 at 200 bucks will kill them as the 5 million gap will vanish in a matter of months.

I m not trying to be Pachter here but hey when he comes out saying this you know were u heard it first :p

@ Shodow flare

'does the ps3 really need a price cut? Its been selling out for months now. However if you want to get the casuals when Move releases, this is the way to do it'

A price cut is always needed by customers at least.

And you hit the nail right on the head, if they think that casual gamers will shell out 300 for the console and I don't know how much more to get at least 3 more Move bundles, then I think they are dead wrong!

What they want is to avoid a potential buyers price comparison. What i mean is that a buyer, a casual one, will go into the shop and see the Wii the PS3 Move and Natal.

The wii is priced at 199 (if not less after E3) the PS3 with one Move contr at 300 and NAtal the same.

There's a good chance they dont know as much as your average bro on N4G and just say ' Hmm, this Wii here has like a billion games for its motion controllers, these PS3 and 360 are 100 bucks more and they have like 5 games each, hmmm...'

You know the rest.

They need to be aggressive price-wise first and then with the content. Sony knows best post 2006...

NateNater2235d ago

I think its just a big mistake, but it would be awesome if it were true. When you click on the "Blu-Ray Disc Players" tab next to the PS3 tab at the bottom of your link, it says PS3 Systems starting at $299.99

Anon19742235d ago

But there's no doubt in my mind that if this were true it would be game over for the console wars. Sony would walk away with it with a $200 PS3.

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LordMarius2236d ago (Edited 2236d ago )

if this is true, sales are going to skyrocket, it might end up catching up to the Wii

but its probably an error

SOAD2236d ago

Sony can't afford to sell the PS3 at a loss again. If they're barely making a profit on the hardware now, dropping the retail price another hundred bucks will boost sales and put Sony in the red again. They're doing just fine at the current price and most importantly, they are making dough.

TheBest2236d ago

They can afford to, and here's why:

- Sony drop the price to $199 just in time for the release of Move and 3D.
- Sony promote purchasing 3DTVs and Move with the new low priced PS3.
- Sony release GT5 (and other games) with 3D and Move support at the same time (and implement it into popular older titles such as MLB10).
- Sony sell a bunch of Move's and 3DTVs at a profit and recoup the loss (and most likely more) on the PS3.
- Sony sell a cr*p load of gaming software as well, making even more profit.
- Sony introduces Premium PSN to this new (and old) customer base. Sony make even more money.

You see, they can afford to lose a measly amount on the PS3 if it means consumers will be buying 3DTVs, Move, Premium PSN and Sony software.

Profits could be huge. COULD, of course.

Jazz41082236d ago

Ps3 can't do a bare bones model without a harddrive since almost every game has a mandatory install. Hell evena 120 gig systems memory gets eaten up real quick

D4RkNIKON2236d ago

It begins!! Sony is playing Hard Ball now!

badz1492236d ago

is playing the red balls! /jk

Voozi2235d ago

leaving all of us with blue balls

Imperator2236d ago

PS3 @ $199 will undoubtedly destroy everything in it's path. Even the haters have to know that's true.

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MNicholas2236d ago (Edited 2236d ago )

They're having a hard enough time supplying enough PS3s at $300.

If it's real and they've figured out additional manufacturing capacity with the new low cost boards then there are a few reasons why Sony would intentionally take a loss on hardware.

1) They finally figured out that the real money is in 3DTVs and Blu-Ray and see the PS3 as a way to encourage sales of 3DTVs, 3D Blu-Ray movies and $100 3D glasses.

2) 360 has been struggling for a long time (Dead last in total sales since launch of PS3 and Wii) and Sony wants to drive the final nails in it's coffin.

3) Finally catch up with the Wii in monthly sales.

4) Lower the price of the base hardware in the hopes of selling multiple glowing "Move" controllers and accessories.

Allelujah002236d ago

I mean I went to the website and hit the discover tab and scrolled down to 3D world created by Sony and scrolled down to the bottom of the page and it did indeed say 199. HOWEVER, when I cliked on it it showed the same 299 price tag for the regular 120GB slim.

Unless Sony is planning on releasing a 60GB slim at E3(Which is highly likely) then it's just a typo.

ApexHell2236d ago

could have been holding ps3 shipments back for this. i know nintendo did it once in 2007.

krouse932236d ago

The difference in Hard Drive size probably only costs Sony $1-$2 max it won't really have a big effect on the price.

But now that Sony has been able to have the RSX graphics chip in the PS3 reduced in size to 40nm by Nvidia they should now be able to make the PS3's bellow the $300 dollars they sell for.

So even if Sony does end up selling at a loss it is because they are going to regain it all.

They will profit off the software especially since they have an onslaught of AAA games just announced and going to be announced at E3 next week!

ravinash2236d ago

Why would they be holding back shipments for this?
I'm sure they would like to sell as many PS3s at the higher price as they can before the price drop.

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jwatt2236d ago

Sony will not drop the price if they can't even keep the ps3 in stock!

Boody-Bandit2236d ago

Sony wont be able to keep up with the demand. They will do Wii-like, or even better than, numbers. A price cut with GT5 hitting the shelves soon? It will be unreal.

I will pick up a couple more if they do. If the rumors about PSN+ are true it would be a blast to have a few located around my house and be able to game where I want without having to hook up a system to a display.

Jamegohanssj52236d ago

Now it makes sense why Sony could afford to announce all of their games before E3.

TGSI

niceguywii602236d ago (Edited 2236d ago )

Sony will not have to do this until Natal starts pushing too many 360's, even then we would see a $50 drop before $100 lol typoOo. There are no ps3 shortages based from demand I've had serveral EB game shops tell me Sony cut shipments due to new hardware revisions a while back. PS3 has already had too many drops and or sku swaps $200 worth of drops in less than a year would not make sense. I bet they will be considering a smaller cut after Natal has been on the market after a month or two though.Y

shoddy2236d ago

I would buy another one for my living room.

Briefcase Joe2236d ago

I think it's only $199 when you sign up for a Sony credit card and use the $100 they add to your account.

patterson2236d ago

That sounds about right. I opened a Sony Visa last year that had the same promotion.

raztad2236d ago

$200? extremely doubtful. People think Sony is a charity foundation. It may be $250 just in time for Christmas as Comet says

PR0X12236d ago

ps3 fanboys... I keep laughing at you.

When you point out that 360 costs double. But now you say wow 360 is dirt cheap and ps3 costs double...

I say double standards ;p

MysticStrummer2236d ago

I checked the link you provided below to back up your nonsensical comment. It's confirmed... you are an idiot. Lay off the glue sniffing for five minutes or so.

Jack Klugman2235d ago (Edited 2235d ago )

He is an idiot because he points out the double standard hypocrisy of you lot? yeah, what an idiot!

Look in the mirror you fools!

"My 360 cost me $399
4 years of LIVE $200 ( if I dared to pay to play)
And without HDMI and WIFI, and without counting my two next purchases after the RROD
Its price is...$599 without Blue Ray. The same exact price I payed for my PS3 at launch and I havent pay anymore. Not even to play online. I didnt count accesories because they are optional. I post this because its just ironic how the 360 fanboys keep telling themselves the 360 was cheaper. Anyway I dont regret buying them both, but I DO love my PS3 more. It has bringed me the best gaming this gen. Only Gears on 360 its all I want. "

Just one of many examples in the thread he posted.

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princejb1342236d ago

how do u know this?
do you work for sony
i believe not so stfu

mal_tez922236d ago

Then here in Australia it will go from $450 down to roguhly $300. IF it does, I'll buy a second one without thinking.

BattleAxe2236d ago

I bet it will be a 40 GIG PS3 Slim. If so then I'm all in.

SaiyanFury2236d ago

My third 60GB model conked out on me last year. I still have my 80GB model going strong, but I've been thinking about getting a replacement system for my 60GB. I'm at the point where I can just hook up my PS2 to my HDTV and play games on it. I don't really care about the BC anymore. If they do lower the price to 200 dollars where I can add my own larger HDD at a later date, that would be a very attractive deal for me.

vhero2236d ago

If they went that cheap MS would really start to have trouble.. The first price drop hurt them in terms of sales by a ratio of 1:10 in a month was it? Imagine them dropping this cheap?? MS will obviously have to drop the Elite to match it but will it be enough?? I don't think it will..

whoelse2236d ago (Edited 2236d ago )

I can see them cutting the price to $250, but a $100 saving is a long way, considering it wont save them much money having a smaller hard drive.

Unless all the components are made out of straw!

sikbeta2235d ago

Hyper-Megaton!!!

PS3 @ $200 and This Gen will be owned by Sony Again like with the PS1 & PS2, so everything like last Gen will repeat itself With The PS3 this Gen...

Rook1012234d ago

Confirmed as fake Maxconsole news as expected:

http://n4g.com/news/541332/...

Wish they would have labeled it as a Rumor instead of News per N4G's editorial guidelines.

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Joni-Ice2236d ago

And the croud goes wild.

PirateThom2236d ago

On one side, it makes sense... Sony need to make the console affordable to attract the casual crowd and they can't do that with a $299 console compared to the competition...

On the other, Sony only recently started making a meagre profit on the consoles, a $100 price slash? Seems very, very steep.

nickjkl2236d ago (Edited 2236d ago )

your epoint sonys going to be selling this console for 5-6 years tops as long as they make games for it people will come

but i know my mom is gonna be mad they dropped the price 6 months after i bought that dam thing

edit never mind she made me pay for it and she bought the game

Lucreto2236d ago

Well they are starting a premium service so there is another source of revenue to make up for some losses on a lower price.

It would explain a shortage in machines as they are holding on to them for a cut.

But as the articles said it is a mistake.

Oner2236d ago

@ Lucreto ~ "they are starting a premium service so there is another source of revenue to make up for some losses on a lower price."

That actually sounds quite a bit plausible...IF this turns out to have merit.

boodybandit2236d ago

That definitely makes sense.

Christopher2236d ago

Just FYI, Sony has made a profit on Hardware sales since the release of the new model. The problem is that the profits didn't offset their marketing costs (i.e. Kevin Butler commercials and the such), so in the quarterly reports it shows as an operating loss.

Sony explicitly cited with the release of the $299 PS3, they were making more money on each one and were not losing money on any of them.

TotalPS3Fanboy2236d ago (Edited 2236d ago )

And the important stuff is...

OMG!!!
5 bubbles!!!

Oner2236d ago (Edited 2236d ago )

cgoodno was actually one of the first (if not THE first) I ever saw after the N4G 2.0 update with 4 bubbles so it makes sense he is the first for me to see again with 5

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Fishy Fingers2236d ago

Starting from... I wouldnt be surprised if it's part of a deal, say with a new 3D TV or something.

Boody-Bandit2236d ago

I am just waiting for the right deal to pick up a 3D display. If they throw a PS3 into the mix that would definitely sweeten the deal for me to jump into the 3D world of gaming.