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…?

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rell
rell
11 years ago

Yeah that would be awesome, but I got to hear it from the horses head.

Riku994
Riku994
11 years ago

This is crap. The guy deinitely has no idea what hes talking about.

Cpt_Geez
Cpt_Geez
11 years ago

Yeah this that guy from EB Games is an idiot.

Jordahn
Jordahn
11 years ago

I'm all for a pricedrop.

shindelion
shindelion
11 years ago

If this is true, the PS3 will sell fast like a Tonnie Tuesday whore on boxing day.

slugga_status
slugga_status
11 years ago

I highly doubt a price drop any time soon. Sounds like this employee better get his info straight. I could've swore Sony just shot down a price cut rumor last week or something like that

Troy Powers
Troy Powers
11 years ago

This rumor is true. The price is dropping to $299. It will also come with a 160 GB hard drive and a pill that will make your penis grow 3 inches overnight. You heard it here first!

VinTheDean
VinTheDean
11 years ago

Love it.

Reynono
Reynono
11 years ago

I heard the same from the EBGames in the Land of Wizards And Trolls!!!

rell
rell
11 years ago

@Troy Powers u are hilarious.

SarahPalinMILF
SarahPalinMILF
11 years ago

…i think i might just buy 2 more ps3's…lol

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

Damn! Now everyone knows why I have two PS3s.

Thanks Troy!

LOL

Sir Shak
Sir Shak
11 years ago

Bogus…..

psxmax
psxmax
11 years ago

Sony is going to discontinue the 80 GIG and make the 160 GIG the core system. I have noticed a lot of stores offering deals on the 80 GIG to push it out the door. If Sony drops it to $299, that is Sony's way of giving the 80 GIG the last push out the door for good. Just look at how they handled the 40 GIG to 80 GIG transition. History repeats itself. I bet the 160 GIG will be $399. This might happen maybe next year, but I doubt it will happen this soon. All good deals, but still waiting on the 45nm RSX and Cell in July.


Last edited by psxmax on 3/17/2009 11:29:45 AM

shindelion
shindelion
11 years ago

Interesting point of view, but by doing so will just anger consumer when and if the 80g are finished.

Jordahn
Jordahn
11 years ago

@ shindelion

Someone always is going to be offended when a pricedrop occurs. Nothing news, it's a part of life.

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

That is the most likely scenario. Only having 1 machine to purchase in the long run would likely reduce manufacturing costs. Then allowing them to bring the 160GB down to a more respectable $399 price point.

Troy Powers
Troy Powers
11 years ago

I think that would be kind of stupid. If you can sell and 80 GB model for $299 or a 160 GB model for $399, why would you go with the $399 model when people are still whining and gnashing teeth over the price? Would make more sense to keep 80 GB model, and pass the savings on hardware on to the consumer. Even if it's only 20 bucks.

What is the price difference between an 80 and 160 GB drive anyway?

psxmax
psxmax
11 years ago

It is a $10 difference if you go with Newegg pricing. 80 GIG – $49, 160 GIG – $59

Maybe Sony might introduce a 500 GIG PS3 to replace the 160 GIG, who knows.


Last edited by psxmax on 3/17/2009 12:18:23 PM

Warukyure
Warukyure
11 years ago

I too seriously doubt that the PS3 will drop that much. If it does drop, it would most likely drop by $50 to $349. That would be more reasonable.

rossinator_99
rossinator_99
11 years ago

when and if a price drop happens (hopefull this year), i'm going to have to pick up a 2nd for my bedroom. that way i can just roll over, grab the controller, and start up a game on saturday morning without even getting out of bed!

isaya85
isaya85
11 years ago

Well I guess this would be a good time to do it GDC is right around the corner and summer time is on its way with some big releases like INFAMOUS, but I'm taking this info with a grain of salt cuz I thought EB Games was taken over by GameStop???

PSN ID Biggest_GMoney

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

Here's how the conversation went:

Customer: Can I have a PS3?

GameStop Employee: Wait until next week, Sony is dropping the price by $100.

Customer: Cool, thanks!

GameStop Employee: However, you'd be better off buying the Xbox 360 now because it has way more and better games than the PS3. The PS3 has no games.

Troy Powers
Troy Powers
11 years ago

LOL

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

tis what i was thinking

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Classic.

ps92117
ps92117
11 years ago

Don't forget "uncharted is also for 360".

thepill
thepill
11 years ago

YOU MUST HAVE READ MY FORUM POST. lol

inkme101
inkme101
11 years ago

exactly. gamestop bastards.

PANICinc
PANICinc
11 years ago

As a GameStop Employee, I can tell you now that there has been no such announcement! Unless it was made this morning. 80g is $399 and 160g is $499. Haven't worked yet today, but I will check on this and get back to you guys!

PANICinc
PANICinc
11 years ago

BTW: Not all GameStop employees are FanBoys!

Tim Speed24
Tim Speed24
11 years ago

Good to know.

The Gamestops near me aren't as bad as some of the stories I've heard from you guys. I guess I'm lucky.

Most of the employees will talk about any system the customer brings up in an intelligent manner.

karneli lll
karneli lll
11 years ago

No one said all,but very many are.I've been to 7 gamestops and the story's the same,but that was then,i havent gone since so i dont know the state now


Last edited by karneli lll on 3/17/2009 3:19:56 PM

ps92117
ps92117
11 years ago

The guy who works at my game stop is in his late 30s, so he is not that bad, but the one before him, thats a different story.

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

There are a few Sony guys in my four (yes four within 15 minutes of my house) local GameStops and one, lets call him Bob, who prefers his 360 (for his friends list) but also likes the PS3 and doesn't bash it.

His manager, however, was literally dancing on the counter last July, full of glee, at how S-E screwed Sony by bringing FFXIII to the 360.

Ironically, Bob just told me his manager says he'll probably pick up FFXIII for the PS3 because it will come packaged in a pizza-size box for the 360. Not to mention you'll probably need to change the DVD-9 every hour.

inkme101
inkme101
11 years ago

just all but you apparently. in my experience. but thats just my experience.

Tim Speed24
Tim Speed24
11 years ago

Instead of a price drop….How about different colors?

Does it really cost that much more to put in different color plastic pellets in those injection molding machines?

C'mon!

ThePS3Guy
ThePS3Guy
11 years ago

I've had 2 Gamestop managers and 2 employees telling me this was going to happen in March since the Killzone 2 midnight launch.

I guess it's true! I guess that's what happens when you report something and you're a BLOGSPOT page..no one believes you, lol.

inkme101
inkme101
11 years ago

id like an all chrome or maybe all stainless steel. now those would be bad azz

Jordahn
Jordahn
11 years ago

Hold the presses…

http://www.joystiq.com/2009/03/17/target-receives-new-ps3-sku-to-release-after-gdc/#comments

Is this link implying that there will NOT be a $299? Think about it…

psxmax
psxmax
11 years ago

I just read that Target is coming out with a new SKU bundle. It is a 80 GIG with Resistance: Fall of Man and MotorStorm. Guess I was wrong about Sony discontinuing the 80 GiG. Check it out on PSU's website. They say it's coming out on March 29.


Last edited by psxmax on 3/17/2009 2:18:23 PM

Jordahn
Jordahn
11 years ago

Hey, I just posted a link to that but so far…

"Comment pending moderator approval"

ūüôā

psxmax
psxmax
11 years ago

Sorry about that, leave off listing other sites helps.


Last edited by psxmax on 3/17/2009 2:27:08 PM

JPBooch
JPBooch
11 years ago

They've bean eating the cost since day 1 since games is what you make the profit on. That's been their business model. Of course, it does sound fishy since more than one source has said they won't do it. Perhaps the pressure is getting to them? I've seen a couple of critics comment on the cost of it.

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
11 years ago

The price is the only thing stopping the ps3 from taking over the world and stealing our women, so if sony can manage to knock $100 off the tag they will be unstoppable. It would be nice if the price cut were the same day as a game launch. Anyone know what big game is out next?

CH1N00K
CH1N00K
11 years ago

I don't really believe it, but they could be doing a timed price drop to get rid of old consoles. Maybe 100 dollars off, for 2 weeks or something. Just to boost sales and get some games off the shelves. When I bought my PS3, it was bundled with a game, and you got 5 free blu-rays with the purchase of it…is dropping a 100 bucks off for a little while to boost sales that far fetched?

Robochic
Robochic
11 years ago

If this was true then why would ebgames know first, i use to work there and half of the stuff we knew was way after the public knew so we didn't leak anything to customers. until sony releases the info themselves i won't believe it.

Reccaman18
Reccaman18
11 years ago

Go here: http://www.cherows.com
PS3s starting at $199 for a 40 gig. No 160, but an 80 at $209 isn't bad.

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
11 years ago

It should also be pointed out that this web site has been created a few times already and has been scamming people out of their money.

What do they always say? "If it sounds to good to be true…"

Reccaman18
Reccaman18
11 years ago

Now you mention it, it does sound fishy that they would still have a 40 gig. Thanks for the heads up!