£99 PlayStation 3 model has no hard drive?

The latest rumours suggest that Sony will no longer be announcing the new ‘super slim’ model of the PlayStation 3 at Gamescom next month, despite new details of the console emerging.

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Jadedz3285d ago

Will it work?

I don't believe so, but anythings possible at this point in time.

WeskerChildReborned3285d ago

I was reading an article that made a good point about this being real good with Gaikai since you can just play games through cloud.

Jadedz3285d ago (Edited 3285d ago )

But isn't this bad for business? I mean, won't people now be expecting (casual consumers) all consoles to be priced like this?

Maybe Microsoft and Sony can get away with it, but it leaves Nintendo in a boat with no paddle - they clearly don't want to go the subsidised route.

ShinMaster3285d ago

....and charged $100 for a 120GB HDD.
You can buy a 500GB HDD for PS3 for half the price.

ChronoJoe3284d ago (Edited 3284d ago )

Things like this are good, they make the initial buy in price low so that the product appears more affordable. Opening the product up to a wider audience.

This indicates the final stage in the Playstation 3's life cycle, at the end they will try to refine manufacturing costs as much as possible and make this a 'budget' console whilst selling their next gen console as a 'premium' hd system.

_-EDMIX-_3284d ago

@Jadedz- you also have to consider having a lower priced sku is also business. I mean it worked for MS no matter how stupid it is to games and the rest of the game community, but it sold.

In doing this, did they gimp a lot of games? HELL YES! But Squares FFXIII and Rockstar's GTAIV are not owned by MS, if they where gimped because of DVD9 or no HDDs in all 360's that hurts Rockstar and Square more then it does MS.

In terms of business, yes its a good idea. I doubt it will happen because the PS3's OS RUNS ON A HDD! So, this is pretty much not happening. I mean it could be an SSD, with isn't a HDD, but is STILL used in the same respect as one, ie i can use a 2.5 HDD in its place if i felt just.

oohWii3284d ago

Hmmm,funny how when Microsft release the 4GB xbox with no HD the Sony crew said it was stupid and wasn't gonna sell.

Now Sony is doing something similar and suddenly it's a great idea...

Funny how the mind of a fanboy really isn't a mind at all...

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King_many_layers3284d ago

Ther is NO WAY that a model could be released without a hardrive as it would not allow for saving, updates, downloads and mandatory inatalls. The title is pathetic.

t0mmyb0y3284d ago

Gaikai isn't even ready to go with PS. This is dumb

ARBitrator3284d ago

@_-EDMIX-_ - why the hell you getting so bent out of shape. I agree with oohwii, people did slam the 4GB 360 saying it was stupid, an a waste of time and wasn't gonna sell.

What do you want him/her to do drop a bunch of names for you?

You sound like you're pissed off, which makes you look lame as hell being what the subject is. In the end, who really gives a damn?

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Blacksand13285d ago

You can buy a 500gb hard drive on amazon for $40 to $60 dollars.

Vortex3D3284d ago (Edited 3284d ago )

You forget why X360 HDD is expensive and also the reason Microsoft is making money by selling 4GB X360. Because Sony tried to be nice in letting PS3 use any general laptop hard drive, with 4GB PS3, Sony is loosing the chance to make money.

I know gamers just want the cheapest way to upgrade the console (including myself) but the console maker also needs a way to make profit from accessories. With 16GB PS3, Sony looses because they can't make up by selling expensive hard drive.

With hardcore gamers who replaces the shipping hard drive, 16GB PS3 is a perfect model to get. But are we really helping Sony? I know I'm not.

There is still a small profit Sony can make with 16GB PS3 model. Ship it without any hard drive mounting bracket and then sell it separately. At least there's a small profit until 3rd party makers release a cheaper one.

Lastly, if Sony can make the new PS3 hard drive IO with non-standard connector that will needed an adaptor in between the SATA hard drive and the PS3 hard drive IO, then they can make some extra profit that way. (I have a HP laptop like that.) I know every PS3 gamer will hate it but profit has to come from somewhere if they start to sell the new PS3 too cheap. Just look at how Apple replaced many of the laptop standard IO ports with incompatible port design and how much they are charging for the cable.

rustyspoon803284d ago

£99 ps3, add in a 1TB HDD for £75 = Great Value


Blacksand13283d ago (Edited 3283d ago )

You paying you can get 500gb for $40. If you buy a 500gb console something is wrong with you get the $99 PS3 go to amazon buy the 500gb HD and make you one i did it and you can to.

Tsar4ever013284d ago (Edited 3284d ago )

A PS3 16gb flash drive with no HDD slot would be hardware suicide. The x360's 4gb gives owners the option for a HDD upgrade. Why would people even consider thinking that sony would be STUPID to release such a console?

The premium model should be 320gb not 250, and the 500gb should only be for bundle deals with added hardware accessories like extra controllers, WF headset or whatever and or a free game or such.

After saying that, I not feeling this multi SKU concept anyway. Why can't sony release "ONE CONSOLE FOR ALL" like they use to like they did with the psOne & ps2 and stop copying Microsoft, starting next-gen.

gaffyh3284d ago

1. It is very likely to have a HDD slot, especially if the form factor of the console is the same as the 250GB and 500GB versions.

2. Even if it doesn't, it will still sell well with casuals.

3. The multi-SKU approach means the consumers can choose what to buy and to some extent at what price. If they had a single premium model, which they have been doing with there Bravias, that would be hardware suicide, because Sony's TV business is in huge trouble because they went with that "offer only premium" strategy.

voodoopickle3284d ago

ps2 had multiple sku's. was the first console to come out with the slim, therefore microsoft copied them. but good try

specialguest3284d ago (Edited 3284d ago )

You must be a young gamer or probably don't remember.

The Sega Genesis had a slim/compact model.
In addition, there may even be much older consoles with a slim model, but there goes your claim of MS copying Sony lol.

........but good try though.

MostJadedGamer3284d ago

PS3 sales would be insane for the next year+ if they bring a $99 model to market this year.

I don't care if it is just a box with cow manure inside. If it says PS3 on the box, and it costs $99 it will sell like crazy for a very long time.

Jazz41083284d ago

The problem is you can't run 99 percent of ps3 games without installs to the hardrive or you will have insanely slow load times from the blu ray drive and if you take your console onlin you have to have firmware updates. This model will not work for sony and if they do put it out they will be sued and tarnish there image evenmore.

yeahokchief3284d ago

Don't forget they have cloud storage for your saves and they recently bought something called Gaiki.

Perhaps you won't even need all that harddrive space anymore. It'd be nice because my 250 gb slim from 2009 is getting pretty damn full with all the kickass games and exclusives we've had.

xAlmostPro3284d ago

This is better than it sounds. You can easily get a 500gb HDD for £130.. so it would work out £130 for a 500gb PS3, potentially.

The only problem is they need to make it CLEAR that it has no HDD and that people will need to purchase one from a general computing store.

Jadedz3284d ago (Edited 3284d ago )

I'm sure it'll benefit Sony (and Microsoft) financially, but I don't agree with this type of business model (subsidising).

Will the majority of consumers who'll subsidise consoles, pay all that they owe in the end? What happens if the console breaks, is it like a car leasing, which all repairs are free?

I'm not doubting its success, I just don't believe it's right for the gaming business (I could be wrong, though).

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Godmars2903285d ago

As long as it has an expansion slot and comes with a list of recommended HDD if not a discount coupon for a specific brand - so long as its not expensive - I don't see much of a real issue.

Hellsvacancy3285d ago

Thats what i was thinking, but will it even have a slot for a hdd?

Ive got two spare 250gb hdds laying around somewhere, i could just use one of those

TKCMuzzer3285d ago

It will come with a slot. Sony are just passing on the cost of the hard drive to the consumer, giving them a choice. It's great value, especially as you can pick up hard drives very cheap.

gaffyh3284d ago

Yeah it will come with a slot because the 250 and 500gb are the exact same model. If the model looked different, that wouldn't case.

ventilator3285d ago

cheap ps3 vs wiiu, i choose ps3

user54670073285d ago (Edited 3285d ago )

Suppose if you've never a had a PS3 it would be a good choice. Plus think of all the PS3 games you have to choose from or work through

Uncharted 1-3
LittleBigPlanet 2
God of War 3
Resistance 1-3
Killzone 2 and Killzone 3
Modnation Racers

...I could go on but you get my point. It would keep you busy for months. I mean it's like if all your favorite games came out at launch.

ChunkyLover533284d ago

Well one is a next gen console that will last 5 or 6 years and the PS3 is entering its last year. Although I'm sure Sony will still produce them for a while, it wont have the first party support its had all this time.

If your a hardcore gamer, you probably already have the console you wanted or both consoles or all three like me.

A 16 gig PS3 Super Slim would probably be aimed at people looking for entertainment value, families or casuals. Wouldn't be surprised to see this particular model bundled with a Move or LBP Karting or even PlayStation All Stars and offered for $199.

Sony wants to attract those families and casuals so that they will have a product they can continue to sell and make money on like they did with the PS2.

_-EDMIX-_3284d ago

With more developers now then in 2005, free online (or just online period!) the PS3 will last longer then the PS2...EASY!. Many people don't own one, Sony has more teams now then ever, its online is free, PSN will likely support both the PS4 and PS3 etc.

ChunkyLover533284d ago

Sony actually has LESS developers right now than at the end of the PS2's life span.

Are you actually suggesting Sony will make first party games for the PS3 after the PS4 is coming out? Even will all of their developers at the end of the PS2's life cycle, they couldn't get a solid launch lineup for the PS3, because they were still making games for the PS2. They need to learn from that mistake.

The PS2 continued to sell because it had a far greater variety of games to choose from. The PS2 probably has the all time greatest library of games. It appealed to casuals, families and was a cheap gaming option.

The PS3 resonates with core gamer's for the most part. Anytime Sony has tried to appeal to other categories, its not been very successful this generation. The reason is because both Microsoft and Nintendo have done a better job offer options to families and casuals and entertainment seekers.

At this point and time in the console generation, any core gamer is going to have already bought the core system or systems of his/her choice. I'd not recommend anyone waste any money on PS3, 360 or Wii right now. We are so close to the next generation, I'd just put that money towards a new machine. A machine that is going to last the next 5, 6 or 7 years.

MostJadedGamer3284d ago

Most casual gamers will choose the cheap PS3 to. Especially since their Wii's have been in their closets collecting dust for years now.

Hardcore gamers of course already own a PS3.

TheFinalEpisode3285d ago

I doubt they would include no hard drive maybe an 8GB but nothing at all make just make it a complete waste of time for both Sony and the consumer

dazzrazz3285d ago

Nobody produces that kinda small hard drives anymore, so 8 or 16 most likely i t will be flash based storage

Neko_Mega3285d ago

They can just put the 16GB flash into it and sell it cheap.