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Rumored PlayStation Price Cuts Include PSP Go?

When we heard that several price cuts were in store for the "PlayStation family of products," we knew that included the PS3 and we pondered the possibility of the PSP-3000 or the PS2. We would never have considered the PSP Go...

Officially unveiled at this year's E3, this all-digital piece of technological wizardry is supposed to launch on October 1 with a price tag of $250. At the time, many gamers responded with skepticism to that price, although Sony insisted it was fair, considering everything you get with the PSP Go and the fact that the original PSP launched at the same price. That couldn't stop the negative press, though, so perhaps Sony is taking the appropriate strides...? According to PSInsider, there appears to be a good chance that we'll see price cuts for both the PS3 and the currently unreleased PSP Go. There's also the chance of seeing the PS3 Slim introduced at a cheaper price, too, but for now, our focus is on that new handheld iteration. There has been plenty of good feedback concerning the benefits and merits of the new portable, and really, the only major complaint has focused on the retail price (well, that, and the lack of a second analog stick). We suppose Sony might offer a watered-down PSP Go for a cheaper price, but that's just more speculation...

Well, whatever happens, we shouldn't have much longer to wait. All of this should be cleared up at the GamesCom event in Cologne on August 18. So you don't need to squirm in your seat forever.

8/5/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (32 posts)

robinhood2010
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 10:32:25 AM
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I might pick one up in that case. I have a Japanese Crisis Core PSP, and getting one of these will mean that one doesn't get too scratched up.

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The Stig
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 10:34:52 AM
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As usual, I'll wait til Sony announce it themseleves before believing it.

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SkantDragon
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 10:37:22 AM
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You've reported on rumors of price cuts at every event for the last year or so. It's kindof a broken record repeating over and over. Someday it will actually be true.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 11:01:45 AM

Oh yes, we're very unique in that we report on price cut rumors. Really, NOBODY wants to read THAT.

'rolls eyes'

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___________
Thursday, August 06, 2009 @ 4:26:11 AM

gota agree its getting old.
once twice ok, but god how many articles per year do you need of supposed price cuts.
hell why not do one per day just for the fun of it.
as for the psp go if i have to download the games.
not interested.
whats wrong with releasing games on memory sticks like their doing with UMD?

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cowboy828
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 10:38:58 AM
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It has not been released yet but they say it going to get a price cut that is weird.

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CH1N00K
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 10:54:59 AM

maybe after the uproar of what everyone thought of the price at E3, they've decided that perhaps they came in to high on the price? Really if you think about it, except for the new design, why should it be so much anyways? Plays the same games as the PSP-3000 and it doesn't have a disk drive...for the average comsumer it should technically be cheaper. We know that there is more going on with the GO than that, but is it enough to justify a 250 dollar price point? You can already get some great cell phones that play decent games for that price.

If half of the rumours are true though, it almost seems like Sony has finally been forced to rethink their pricing strategy a bit. Of course if they start cutting prices to sell units, it usually means that some other division will get a lowered budget to compensate..let's hope it's not the marketing department..lol.

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Highlander
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 11:28:41 AM

E3 was in June, IIRC the availability of the PSPGo is October(?). That's nearly four months, I see no reason why Sony could not revise the price during those four months due to market trends, or changes in component prices, or whatever other reason they want to give. The E3 price could simply have been a place holder because everyone was leaking information about the new model, and Sony felt forced into announcing early and simply put $249 out there as a price point that they would not go above.

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Complex
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 10:49:00 AM
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I hope the pricing goes like this

PS2=$79(or give BC to the ps3's and kill the PS2)
PSP-3000=$100
PSP-go=$149
PS3 slim=$249(with 160g)
PS3 fat=$300(with 250g to 500g)

from what I have seen (not much really) the fat ps3 look more high end than the slim,so the slim should be cheaper but I'm probably wrong.

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robinhood2010
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 10:54:14 AM

They will most likely reduce the price of the fatty, as they will want to quickly sell of all the old SKUs.

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CH1N00K
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 11:00:38 AM

I doubt you'll see the price of the GO drop by 100 bucks, my guess is that it will still be in the 200+ range. I'm thinking 215-225 if they do drop it. The 3000 will probably still be 125-150ish. I guess we'll just have to wait and see... I saw a 3000 core system on sale at a future shop the other day for 139.99 instead of 169.99 (Canadian) The Jax and Daxter kit was on for 169.99 instead of 199.99....wouldn't be surprised if that's close to what we'll see if the price is dropped.


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b3mike
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 12:23:25 PM

No thank you I don't want Sony to go out of business

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Robochic
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 10:53:55 AM
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We'll see on august 18th if these are just rumours or is happening? it would nice to see the PSPGO down a little but I would rather pay top price for something to always work without any hardware malfuntions all the time.

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Gone
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 10:55:12 AM
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Sony might bundle GT with the PSPGo to get things going.

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chuygr35
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 11:09:54 AM
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If you really want a $300.00 PS3!!!!
here it is at circuit city. and stop waiting for a price cut!!!

http://www.circuitcity.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4910606&CatId=3401

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b3mike
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 12:28:07 PM

I thought they went out of business??

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Orvisman
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 1:00:50 PM

A new company took over the CC dot com name.

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Gogaku
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 3:02:35 PM

I love the new circuitcity, they have basically everything imaginable when it comes to electronics now!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 3:44:08 PM

A lot of people have reservations about refurbished stuff, I don't but whatever.

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 4:47:42 PM

I believe the company that owns Tiger Direct purchased the Circuit City entity. It was publicized just before CC went back online. Their prices still suck, for the most part but for those of us that don't live in densely populated areas, these prices might be better than what you can find locally.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 11:16:50 AM
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If true, fine by me. I'd like to be a dayone buyer of te Go! But $250 seems steep. Hmmm choices. PS3 Slim or PSP Go!

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Highlander
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 11:26:10 AM
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I have a feeling that as well as the PS3 slim and slimmed down PS3 price, the PSP Go will get a price revision along with a statement that makes it clear that the price given at E3 was simply a reference point for consumers, and that of course the price for a new device would not be set until the product actually launches in October.

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Highlander
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 12:45:05 PM
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Interesting reports out there this lunch time. Lots of suggestions that the Xbxo360 Pro is about to become extinct and the Xbox360 Elite is possibly getting a price cut.

If this shakes out as rumored along with a new PS3 slim with a $299 price tag we could see a real Battle Royal between the 360 Elite and PS3 competing on an even price point.

Now I ask you, if you have a choice between a PS3 and an Xbox 360 Elite at the exact same price, which would you choose? Which is the better deal? Seems obvious enough to me that the PS3 is the winner there - as it should be.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 1:06:22 PM

The Elite should never have been priced at $399. Let's just hope MS's slander hasn't hurt Sony's rep beyound repair.

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Highlander
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 2:08:09 PM

Indeed. For all their confidence, it's strange how Microsoft is unable to let their product compete on it's own merits. It's almost as if they feel that it can't compete on it's own merits. Imagine that!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 3:45:58 PM

If the PS3 gets a price cut, the Elite will too, MS will do anything to stay on top of sales, even it means a major hit to the pocketbook. I wouldn't mind seeing their losses on fixing broken machines alone.

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Highlander
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 4:28:48 PM

@worlds

Check the price of an Elite 360...They have a list price of $399 brand new. Not a very well known fact that. Elite 360s are priced at the same point as a standard PS3, and yet there's this idea that the PS3 is wildly expensive.

If the 360 Pro was dropped, and MS knocked 25% off the price of an Elite, it would sit at $299. Which is exactly where everyone expects the PS3 slim to land after it's announced along with a presumed price reduction.

As prices drop, it becomes harder to use price as a differential you have to compete on features and games. To me, Sony has that sewn up for the next 12-18 months.

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 4:32:40 PM

It's been commented that the Wii is getting a price drop in time for the holidays. They've also stated that the Xbox 360 Arcade is going to get dropped, the price point of the 60GB Pro will drop to thta of the Arcade, the Elite will drop to 299, to be cleared out and a new version with a much larger hard drive will be out in time for Christmas. This, of course, is all speculation from those great people that have been talking about the PS3 price cuts since last year so we'll see if any of this holds true.

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DGo8
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 5:38:14 PM
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Should i get a PSP 3000 Or a PSP GO ???? hwlp

and i hope they cut tha go's price its far 2 much

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 10:39:40 PM

If you think the Go is too much, then go with a series 3000. You really can't lose either way. Damn fun system.

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Qubex
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 10:02:36 PM
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These price cutes were inevitable at some point... Germany will tell all!

Q!

"i am home"

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raoul123
Sunday, August 16, 2009 @ 9:02:55 AM
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check put this and look at the price .. http://www.renchi.com/renchi/PSP_PSP_Slim_Lite_Consoles_Sony_Playstation_Portable_Go_PSP_Go_Series_Black.htm ...... who the hell would pay $320 for the psp go ??

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