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GameStop Selling 160GB PS3 For $199

Update: Sony has confirmed with us that this is merely a GameStop promotion. So that's that.

Original Story:

The last time Sony dropped the price of the PlayStation 3, they enjoyed the benefits of the ensuing sales surge for many months. Still are, really.

Might they be prepared to do it again? A few readers emailed us this morning, pointing us in the direction of the 160GB PS3 listing at GameStop.com. As you can see, the price has fallen today to $199, which is $50 cheaper than the normal $249.

Of course, it could just be a sale, but this retailer so rarely does hardware sales... Might it be an indication of the future? Is GameStop just getting the jump on the official price cut to shift more units? Well, maybe not. The company is apparently trying to shift several PlayStation products, as they're also listing a special PlayStation Vita bundle, which tosses in a free game and carrying case with the purchase of the new portable.

We figure we won't see an official PS3 price drop for some time, but then again... We've dropped a note to Sony to see what they have to say, although we can probably predict the reply...

Tags: ps3, playstation 3, ps3 price, ps3 price drop, vita bundle

4/20/2012 9:44:13 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (17 posts)

Temjin001
Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 10:31:53 AM
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Could be trying to exhaust their inventory of the 160GB machines to make room for a newer SKU to fill the $250 price.

Personally, I think it'd be amazing to see a full $50 drop on an entry level PS3 from here on out.

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CrusaderForever
Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 10:46:11 AM
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Man, I wish I was around when they had their buy 2 Vita games get one free deal. :(

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BikerSaint
Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 11:58:53 AM

CrusaderForever,

Keep checking Amazon & sites like it, cause I've seen that "Buy 2 Vita games, get 1 Free" deal 3 separate times so far.

And usually when a site does it, Amazon matches their deal within 24 hours too.

BTW, keep checking inside the forum in the "Gaming Discussion folder, for the thread "Good deal for gamers" because I'll post it, along with other gaming deals) there when I see them.

Here's the link:

http://www.psxextremeforums.com/gaming-discussion/9265-good-deals-gamers.html

Last edited by BikerSaint on 4/20/2012 12:07:58 PM

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inkme101
Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 1:37:23 PM

Isn't target almost always running a b2g1f?

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CrusaderForever
Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 1:56:29 PM

Excellent thanks BikerSaint!

I have been looking at CheapA$$Gamers forums as well. I was out of town and missed the last deal. I sure appreciate it though! :)

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Palpatations911
Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 2:41:29 PM

Cheapassgamer.com is a good place to stay abreast on the hottest retail video game deals also..

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Excelsior1
Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 11:07:27 AM
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What Temjin says is a possibility but I smell a price cut.

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Highlander
Saturday, April 21, 2012 @ 12:43:36 AM

E3 price cut. Two SKUs one at $199 - the critical sweet spot, and one at $250 which will be the price mark for system bundles including Move, or games, or whatever else.

At a $199 price only the most price conscious consumers will compare against a 360 without an HDD. It should encourage sales across the globe. Especially if it is accompanied by a block buster game or two.

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cowboyd PSN XBL
Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 11:20:27 AM
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I hate to say it but i think at E3 we will see or hear about the PS4.

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cLoudou
Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 12:25:46 PM
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I think you will get Batman : Arkham City or Mortal Kombat : Komplete free also.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 1:49:32 PM
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Yup, we keep seeing this. They are clearing the shelves for the price cut, though it's probably months away. Selling Vita bundles helps them get customers on board with their rewards program because there are lots of Vita games still coming and they want to exploit the Vita-PS3 connectivity to keep selling stuff.

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Laguna
Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 4:26:22 PM
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I probably have to buy a ps3 slim soon.

Sony accidentally sent my 2 fat 60 GB ps3s when they were repairing my broken one.

One of them got YLOD a month ago, and now I am utterly paranoid about this next one.....

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Mystearica
Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 5:32:47 PM
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Amazon selling it for 199 too... fyi

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JackDillinger89
Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 6:55:43 PM
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$199 PS3 might be what sony needs in NA to close the gap with 360 once and for all. This is great news.

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firesoul453
Saturday, April 21, 2012 @ 12:06:16 AM
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Oh I really thought they were down to 199, thats what I've been telling people.

I only paid 250 for mine back before the slims came out.

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___________
Saturday, April 21, 2012 @ 5:52:45 AM
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probably trying to get rid of old stock for a new SKU.
i would love to see a redesigned ps3 at E3, thats one thing $ony really need to do and redesigns always really cause a spike in sales.
so no need to do a price drop, especially since its already cheaper then the vita so that would be shooting yourself in the foot!
just offer new colours or even better a new design in new colours, its not time yet for a price drop.
$ony finally started making a profit on the system and now there going to drop the price?
not a good time to do so especially with such few first party releases coming this year!
if anything the vita needs a price drop, ps3 is if anything too cheap!

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Robochic
Sunday, April 22, 2012 @ 7:18:25 AM
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Not in Canada we still have it for 249 :( I was hoping to get another one for my bedroom

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