We can't count how many times Sony has had to shoot down PlayStation 3 price cut rumors. However, be prepared for another denial shortly…or, if magic happens, a confirmation.
It seems an EB Games employee has some inside knowledge, and he let it slip to a customer. According to 2Old2Play ,
one of their community members was in an EB Games, where he heard that Sony was preparing to issue a price drop for March 22, just in time for the Game Developers Conference (that's only five days away, people). The price of the standard 80GB PS3 would be dropped $100 down to $299, and Sony will provide journalists with an official press release this coming Saturday. Now, for the record, we contacted three GameStops in our area and none of them had heard anything about this; most just said to wait until E3 and maybe we'll get an announcement then. Therefore, we get the feeling that this employee may be spewing forth a load of nonsense…EB/GameStop workers have been known to do that, in our experience. It just seems far too early for a price drop, and when we compare it to everything Sony has said in the past few months, it just seems like a very remote possibility. But you never know. Maybe the recession has really forced Sony's hand, and instead of waiting it out with the current price point, they're going to move.
We still call foul on this one, though. Something just doesn't fit. Sony was only recently able to drop the manufacturing costs down to about $445/machine, which means they're only losing about $45 on each unit sold. They'll continue to drop those costs, but would they really want to start losing $145 in a bad economy…?