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What are the odds of a PS3 price drop???

I'd really like to buy a PS3 but I just can't bring myself to fork out $400 for it. I know it's got an awesome blue-ray player and runs gorgeous graphics but I still can't justify it. I'm fresh out of college and make enough money to keep myself alive. Any ideas on if Sony will ever drop the price? Or will they keep throwing out new peripherals and games to get around it?

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KuangChuan

They'll drop the price this fall, with the release of a slim model. It's close to midway through the console generation, and with the dropping demand of the console and pressure from certain publishers to drop the price, Sony will have to drop the price by this holiday season.
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ANTIverson

A price drop is all but guaranteed by this holiday season. I really can't imagine them going another year with the $400 price tag.
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xyris

That's good to hear. I guess after the '"Sony's going to drop the PS3 price"...maybe not' thing over and over I quit listening to the rumors. It'll be Christmas from me to me then. Thanks
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RedMoses

That's the plan, hopefully the price cut will drive a surge of sales this holiday season.
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CSchmidto

well, they're definitely going to drop it now. Activision (the largest publisher) just told Sony that they'd stop publishing games if they didn't have a price cut. Also, the PS3 is only like 3 million units behind the xbox, a price cut and all the sweet exclusive games coming out would definitely bring them within range of becoming the second most popular console after the wii. I really hope they do because I'd love to see more people on PSN so Sony could start getting its lost exclusives back
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RedMoses

Activision was just laying the groundwork for scapegoating when the PS3 Kazoo-Hero fails to sell. The price drop was the topic of discussion and debate for quite a while before he made this comment.
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ItsSpelledErik

I think many people don't take a lot of things into account. First - the PS3, after everything is said and done, is cheaper than the 360. How? PS3 comes with rechargable controller, BD player, Wi-Fi, and free online gaming. 360 has no HD player (HD-DVD was extra and now obsolete), requires additional money for rechargable controllers, money for XBL (granted its more robust) and additional Wi-Fi adapter.

PS3 came out when BD players were $800+ dollars, and people complained. On top of that the 360 was a steaming heap of poo when it debuted. Failure rates creeping upwards of 25%.

You get what you pay for people. $400 is a bargain for what you get. That said, $100 tops.
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HaxoR

I don't see it until another hardware revision is made to it...
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Bornswavia

I'm pretty sure it's expected that a $100 price drop in Augest.
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reignlight

I don't see a drop coming in the near future. A Blu-Ray player that even has comparable functionality as the PS3 still commands a fairly premium cost. There just simply isn't a serious need as of yet. I anticipate the Wii will gradually lose marketshare over the next year or two and people will probably gravitate to the PS3, assuming their exclusive titles continue to increase.

Again, Sony is still looking to make the Playstation 3 profitable and dropping the price may only hinder that until the production and component costs drop further.

Yes, a drop is possible... I doubt a slim model will release though there are some f*gly pics floating around the net. $100 may skim off the top eventually though I see it happening till mid- 2010 at the earliest.

If you're desperate to get a unit, either buy one used, snag a cheap one off Amazon.com if they offer a killer deal.... or easier yet, get a Sony Style Credit Card for a price-cut then cancel after paying off the card.
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Zuffox

Thread needs some links:

Mole exclusive: PS3, 360 price drops coming this fall ( arstechnica.com­/gaming­/news­/2009­/06­/mole­-exclusive... ).

Mole: PSP-Go details confirmed, smaller PS3 is on the way ( arstechnica.com­/gaming­/news­/2009­/05­/mole­-confirms­-... )
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goombakid

Apparently, there are a lot of developers ready to drop PS3 development if there is no price drop soon. It might be empty threats, but who knows.

Techbargains.com usually has all the PS3 console deals posted.

For the price I got my 60GB model, it was worth all the money. Blu-Ray, free online gaming, web browser (yes, I do use it), and BC (sorry 20GB and 80GB models), SOOO worth the $400 I bought it at.

A price drop would be nice, I think that would be the only way Sony can get back some of it's investments on the console.


...yes, that slim S3 is not looking very pretty...
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sax

I need a bluray player badly and the 200 dollar bottom of the line ones are very tempting, but I would also love a PS3 too. Like a lot of people have said there is going to be a slim PS3 announced soon and there has to be a price drop. If they make a base model around 250-300, Ill finally get one, but 400 is just too much, and especially with the models out now that are not even backward compatible. I think though even with a price drop Ill just stick with my hacked ps2, soft-modded wii and my 360.
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goombakid

www.engadget.com­/2009­/07­/08­/sonys­-stringer­-dismiss...

I like this little part here:

"If Sony cut the price of the PS3 as Kotick suggested, Stringer said that ' (would) lose money on every PlayStation I make -- how's that for logic.' It's actually a kind of logic that Sony is quite familiar with, given that the company loses money on every PlayStation 3 it makes right now."
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coologuy1957

On eBay the price is constantly dropping! You can find some dynamite refurb deals and throw in PS2 support with the 20/60GB models and oh what a deal!
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tvi

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aversusb

get the BB bundle that will be advertised this weekend. 80G PS3 with both Killzone 2 and MGS4 for $399. No need to wait. The slim is not going to add anything to the hardware that the fat doesn't already have. Probably the opposite. Lose some USB ports or something. Wifi, BT and Blu-ray will remain.
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coologuy1957

The new PS3s use less power, but also have less gear. They lost half the usb ports, the flash memory readers, and hardware PS2 emulation. If you've still got your fave PS2 games, the original PS3's are the way to go. They are the ONLY PS3s you can play the entire Metal Gear Solid series on. I want them to re-instate backwards compatibility so every PS3 owner can finally have the promise by Sony to be able to play all PlayStation games on the PS3 fulfilled. Sadly, they have removed the PS2 hardware from the new consoles. They will have to perfect their emulation the way Xbox has. The games Sony and Microsoft choose to emulate correctly is a crapshoot though......
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deinfinityx

My belief is that, and the PS3 CEO dude stated; that if they were to drop the price they would lose even more money then they already are. The problem is that all these rumors floating around about the price drop are just that rumors. I could see a 360 price drop only because the 360 uses industry standard componets like their processor which are falling in price fast but the PS3 has proprietary hardware like their CPU/GPU, and their Blue-Ray. I would love to see the PS3 price drop with emulation to play the good PS2 games, but i don't think it will happen this year. I would love a PS3 right now but i don't have 400 to throw around and no i am not going to buy a refurb or used system, there is generaly a reason why they are used or refurbid.
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coologuy1957

The reason mine was refurbished was because someone bought it, decided they didn't want it, sold it, and passed along 60% savings to me.........
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