The rumors concerning a new PlayStation 3 model have been rampant lately, the most recent set arriving with supposedly leaked pics that show a ridged machine . Kinda weird.
This is hot on the heels of various trademark and patent evidence that supports the idea of a new PS3 model, which may be revealed at GDC next month. They may also unveil three separate consoles with different hard drive sizes (16GB, 250GB, and 500GB respectively). But wouldn't it also make sense to announce a price drop for the current PS3 model at the same time? It may actually be inevitable at this point; either that, or the new 250GB PS3 will retail for $249, the same cost as the standard 160GB model now. That may not be a "price cut," per se, but it still means we're getting more for our buck.
Plus, it wouldn't be a bad idea to go into the holidays with some slightly cheaper hardware. Right now, it seems unlikely that they'll drop the price of the PlayStation Vita (unless sales really tank between now and the fourth quarter). And with more high-profile PS3 exclusives on the horizon ( PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale , God of War: Ascension , Beyond: Two Souls , The Last Of Us ) and Sony's claims that the system has a long way to go, a price cut wouldn't be too shocking.
Oh, and one of these days, Sony is going to toss in a HDMI cable because not including one remains totally absurd.