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Sony: No PS3 Price Cut In March

Some rumors spend weeks, months, even years, circulating throughout the gaming community without the benefit of an official reply. But in this case, Sony replied to yesterday's rumor in less than 24 hours.

The rumor started by D+PAD Magazine stated that Sony may issue a PS3 price cut in Europe in March of next year, but a Sony Computer Entertainment America representative clarified with Edge: "There are no plans for a price reduction on PS3 in March 09, and anything reported on or discussed otherwise is purely rumor or speculation." So it seems the initial "anonymous source" either wasn't correct in this matter, or Sony simply isn't in a position to make the announcement just yet. However, we're about 99.9% certain that the PS3 won't fall in price this year; Sony has repeatedly said we shouldn't expect a price cut for the holidays. But Sony earnestly believes that you won't find a better machine for the $400 cost of admission; as SCEA sales vice-president Ian Jackson said- "There is no product in the industry today on the videogame console market that delivers what a PlayStation 3 delivers for under $400, in the case of the 80GB."

As for the other rumors (LBP and MotorStorm on PSP, for example), those remain up in the air. It seems Sony was only interested in clarifying the price issue, although it's not necessarily surprising. So, Euro gamers, if you were thinking about waiting until March to save yourself some money with a PS3 purchase, don't bother putting it off. That's what we say.

11/24/2008 John Shepard

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Buckeyestar
Monday, November 24, 2008 @ 9:52:45 PM
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Well of course they'd deny it until right before it happens. It's cut console sales as folks wait for the price drop instead.

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arctic
Monday, November 24, 2008 @ 9:53:19 PM
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hm..

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LightShow
Monday, November 24, 2008 @ 9:53:45 PM
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they're already losing a considerable amount of money on those units, even at launch they were in the hole at least $150 each unit.

a price cut just seems stupid, especially when the PS3 is enjoying an upturn.

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King James
Monday, November 24, 2008 @ 10:22:15 PM
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It cost them about $400 to sale a blu-player as good as the PS3. When those new cell processors come out. Sony can start making profit on their hardware sales.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 24, 2008 @ 10:39:05 PM
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Ok, maybe its nothing but why all of the sudden are they commenting on rumors? "Methinks thou dost protest too much."

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Qubex
Monday, November 24, 2008 @ 10:41:06 PM
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Again, not really worth speculating, the price will be cut when it will be cut. If this speculation abounds, people will hold of buying a PS3. Do we want this to occur?

Q!

"I aM hOMe"

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Saber1989
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 12:08:18 AM
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Wait PS3 cost $400 in the USA, it cost $400 in Canada in Canadian dollars. Does it make more sense for people in the USA to cross the border now with the US dollar being a lot higher than the Canadian dollar. It will be around $325 American to buy a PS3!

I got mine off the street for $380 last year. The 80 GB with playback capability of the PS2 and the extra USB port. This is sick that after one year, the PS3 I got is still cheaper than stores and reliable!

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Saber1989
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 5:21:04 AM

how come its $430US in NZ. Apparently it seems cheaper in Canada due to the fact that when the PS3 came out, the Canadian dollar was on par with the US dollar

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sabitrulz
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 4:34:04 AM
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Hey,people r sooo crazzzy,they want more n more pricecut.Ben correct me if i'm wrong.Every ps3 still costs around 600$ for producing.So,on every console sony loosing around 200$.How come e still cry for pricecut???I think sony should stick with dis 400$ price till summer 2010.Cuz For 400$ u can't expect more than that.

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sabitrulz
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 4:48:47 AM
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Well,ffgamera PS3 has started to be substantial for Sony,dat's true but it's frm software sales,Still a ps3 costs around 600$ for making

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Buckeyestar
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 8:07:41 AM

You're incorrect. The estimated cost of manufacturing a PS3 now is about $400, so they're breaking even.

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CH1N00K
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 8:06:25 AM
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If Sony hadn't of made a statement, people would have thought that was weird and wondered why. Sony makes a comment, people think it is weird and wonders why....Damned if you do, damned if you don't. We'll have to wait until March to see...

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 8:32:28 AM
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They'll cut the price
$400 is a lot

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Saber1989
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 8:47:27 AM
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They will not cut the price anytime soon, maybe two or three years down the road. Was it not the same for PS2 when it first came out? I think people know that the PS3 is worth the money since it is so damn reliable. Unlike the X-Box 360, which is why the Arcade version is being sold for $199, the same price of Guitar Hero World Tour full set!

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Deleted User
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 9:02:36 AM
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well let them say that. they wont ever catch the 360 at 399.

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coverton341
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 12:01:36 PM

You are correct for straight out of the box consoles. But, if you total the parts you need to give the 360 comparable functionality as the out of the box PS3 you end up spending a little more money in the end with the 360. Go ahead go down to your locale store and price point everything. The wireless adaptor, rechargeable battery and cable, HDD if you get the Arcade and about a year of xbox live and you will find you are just over an out of the box PS3

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sabitrulz
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 9:48:12 AM
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Scarecrow,r u a begger?or an xbot?If 400$ is a lot for u,than how come u play vdo games?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 10:21:46 AM
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Sony cut production costs in half in 2007, so no, each PS3 made isn't costing them $600. That was true during the first few months only.

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shindelion
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 11:10:15 AM
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They way i see it they should cut price for the holiday sale, $50 off would be good. A good amout of people are getting he 360 because its "cheap" but they don't know that a lot of features does not come with the cheaper 360 like big hard drive, wifi and of course no blue ray like ps3. Dropping the price abit would draw some attention. some folks only want to get the cheaper gaming box and if they pick up a 360 Sony lose out on one possible buyer.

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JPBooch
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 2:21:13 PM
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There will be no price cut BUT if you have decent credit you can open a Playstation credit card account and they will give you $150 off of a PS3!

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coverton341
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 3:00:24 PM

You work for Sony don't you.

j/k

That is a great deal though.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 3:10:04 PM
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There's a new PSN commercial and it STILL doesn't mention that it's free to play! What on Earth is happening in the marketing department?

Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 11/25/2008 3:10:15 PM

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Arvis
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 3:54:37 PM

Didn't they have that "The Fun's Always Free" slogan a while back? What happened to that?

-Arvis

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 4:59:54 PM

They must have opted for "the fun won't be advertised"

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