This is one of those times when you ask yourself, "does the retailer know something I don't?"
Well, sometimes yes, sometimes no. After much speculation concerning the price – including EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich's claim that the NGP can't cost more than $400 – it seems a tentative price is already floating around out there. It comes from GameStop:
According to a reader citing a retailer source, GameStop is now taking pre-orders for Sony's snazzy new Next Generation Portable; you just have to put $50 down. The price in their system? $299. This may be significant because normally, if they don't know the price of the hardware, they'll just use the absurd placeholder amount of $999. Evidently, the Nintendo 3DS had that price in GameStop's database before the official cost came down the pike. So what do you think? Might it be possible for the NGP to hit at $299? Considering the technology involved, many would say that's agreeable, and let's not forget that the original PSP launched with a $249.99 price tag. Oh, and for those seeking to compare the price to the PS3, remember the console will have been out for 5 years when the NGP hits shelves. That's a significant point.
$299 isn't a bad price for that thing, although some may disagree. Of course, this is all assuming GameStop knows what they're talking about. …and you know what happens you assume…