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