Rumor: Possible Budget PS3 Model To "Start At $199"
It almost seems as if all the big news has dropped before E3 this year - at least in terms of software - but maybe Sony has one final hardware-related ace up its sleeve.
So here's the thing: sources can make mistakes; there can be typos on web pages just as easily as there can be misinformation floating about forums. But when it comes to the official Sony Style page for their 3D promotion, one would have to assume everything is accurate. A reader has pointed us to the bottom right portion of that page, where it lists the PlayStation 3 and a "starting at" price. ...now, as far as we know, there's no such thing as a $199 PS3 and yet, it says very clearly, "Starting At $199." So what's the deal? Could it be an impending special sale of some kind? Or is it possible that Sony is planning a budget version of the PS3 in preparation for the PlayStation Move...? To compare, Microsoft did release the HDD-less Xbox 360 for a relatively cheap price and Sony may do something similar with the PS3, especially when they consider that Move will cost a bit and it will appeal more to casual gamers. They may not care as much about a hard drive and would rather just play around with Move every now and then.
It's a possibility. For the record, we certainly haven't heard anything about a potential price drop and going into this year's E3, it was actually the last thing on our minds. We got the big price cut of $100 in 2009; why should we expect the same treatment less than a year later...?
6/9/2010 9:00:48 PM Ben Dutka