We're all hoping for big news at E3 – as we always do – and while we continue to focus on potential software announcements, the biggest unveiling may have to do with a long-awaited PlayStation 3 price cut.

According to a supposed internal source snagged by French website PS3Gen.fr, this "proven" source has unofficially confirmed that both the PS3 and PSP will receive price drops in "early June." Obviously, this would correspond with E3, which is scheduled to run between June 2 and June 4. Although the source didn't reveal the new price for the PS3, it did provide the new price point for the handheld: 169 Euros, down from 189. Of course, even if accurate, this information may only apply to the European/PAL regions, but we find it hard to believe that Sony wouldn't have this pair of price cuts spread worldwide. Additionally, the mystery source confirmed the existence of the much-rumored PSP 2, which should be available for the end of the year. We've already received many pieces of evidence for a new PSP model; either the PSP-4000 or a PSP 2, and that includes the theory that it will be designed to compete with the iPhone . It sounds plausible, but with nothing concrete to solidify the claims, we still can't call it anything but "rumor and speculation." And if you don't already know, Sony's business policy has always been the same: they simply don't comment on rumor and speculation.

We have no idea if these price drops will happen, but we'd like to think they'd be the biggest news of E3. The PS3 really needs that cut and everyone has been clamoring for it to happen; might Sony finally clear the last major hurdle in early June…?

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crump602
crump602
11 years ago

Time will tell with this one!
But would be nice for both to drop at the same time. Man might have to get a second PS3 for the bedroom if this is true!


Last edited by crump602 on 4/24/2009 10:19:38 AM

RustEDalex
RustEDalex
11 years ago

I only need one to be happy

By the the way where did you ever get your idea for your avatar looks a little familiar hmmmmm….

isaya85
isaya85
11 years ago

I'll wait for the official announcement thank you, I'm tired of all these rumors and speculation

PSN ID Biggest_GMoney

Phoelix
Phoelix
11 years ago

Agreed.

Just leave the rumors and speculation alone; we'd be much happier to hear the official announcement from Sony.

Mornelithe
Mornelithe
11 years ago

Ugh, you know Ben, I'm sorry, but this is the first person I saw post an article on it, so you're going to receive the brunt of the grief for this one. First and foremost, shut up. Plain and simple. I'm pretty sure Sony, doesn't need anyone…at all…decimating sales figures for them, by yet again dropping 'rumors' of a price cut, just before the launch of a new IP/AAA Title (InFamous). It's ridiculous that the media keeps doing this. And you know what, it happens every single time Sony has a title in the pipeline. Why not show a little professional courtesy to the company that you have a site designed around, rather than spreading rumor and speculation regarding a price cut that Sony to this point has emphatically denied in every way shape or form. You realize all you do, every, single, time you post this kind of piece, is make people second guess whether or not to buy a PS3.

Rant over, and believe me, I was more civil than I felt I should've been.

Morne

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

First of all, if you want us to stick to official news that comes out of press releases we receive, the site will be dead tomorrow. In this new age of Internet journalism, people will have already known for days, if not weeks. Furthermore, if you honestly believe that rumor and speculation aren't an unfortunate and yet necessary part of reporting information to the public, you understand little about the often dark world of journalism.

Secondly, nobody is "second-guessing" buying a PS3 because of a potential price cut based on rumor. Those who do their research are well aware of the long-running rumors and don't give them much attention. Sony isn't suffering due to stories like this; I can promise you that. In short, idealistic yet completely unrealistic views like yours have no place in the world. …sorry to inform you.


Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 4/24/2009 10:32:08 AM

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
11 years ago

Even though I already have two PS3's, I appreciate reports like this, so Ben, keep it up.

And honestly, Mornelithe.

"Shut up"? Really??

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

You know that you didn't have to click on the post but you did any way.

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

Although I sort of agree with Morne, I still don't feel telling Ben to "Shut up" was necessary.

Again, although I sort of agree with Morne that these articles (which spread like wild fires) always tend to pop up before major exclusive releases (ex: LittleBigPlanet, Resistance 2, Killzone 2, now inFamous) which I'm sure if does any damage to sales at all may be minor; I still appreciate the information provided and the thought process done in the article. Ben clearly stated that this was on a non-US website which may only affect over seas prices.

Morne, had you been more polite with your post I would have given you a thumbs up.

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

Mornelith; I hear your concerns, but there is always a "nice" way of expressing how you feel about things. Asking Ben to "shut-up" publically is harsh and distorts the very nature of what this site is about… in most cases, a place where people feel comfortable making "reasonable" comments with some intellectuality behind their response.

The rumour mill cannot be stopped… rumourologistics (that word may or may not exist) has been around for 100's if not 1000's of years… ever since moderm humans opened their shameful mouths to communicate. In this case Ben was simply stating what is fact… the fact is that there has been a rumour for the best part of a year that a PSP2 exists… and more importantly… a price cut on the PS3 is very likely…

I don't think these rumours will take too much away from Sony… have to admit though that I am waiting for the new PSP2 rather than purchasing a PSP3000 right now; but I have felt like doing this since I came to the conclusion that a new reworked model would come out sometime; and of course it looks like that assumption will be correct. Hopefully E3 will reveal something substantial.

Q!

"i am home"


Last edited by Qubex on 4/24/2009 12:20:38 PM

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
11 years ago

<<<Shut up>>>
REALLY????
Quick, go check the barn cause you've left your manners there

Dingodial
Dingodial
11 years ago

Saying "Shut up" isn't the best thing to say to a moderator of a website (since they can ban you from the site). But I have to say though, sometimes people need to be told to shut up. It may hurt their feelings first but it will eventually help them to be better in the future. "Shut up" is not really a big deal when someone compares it to other language, like cursing.

In order to avoid negative feedback Ben, you could remind people at the end of the article that this news is only a rumor. You could also state your opinion & possibly inform us that you won't believe the rumor (& that we shouldn't believe it either) until it is written in stone.

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
11 years ago

Whoa, Ben! Way to tear him a new one! lol.

illegalprelude
illegalprelude
11 years ago

yea, not gonna lie, we see a price cut story on this site, 3 times a week. It will happen when it happens.

JofaMang
JofaMang
11 years ago

"you people"?

Haha, soon Morne will be saying that journalists should have their own schools!

"They do have their own schools"

*points finger vigorously" You are an anit-journalite!


Last edited by JofaMang on 4/24/2009 10:42:05 AM

piratedrunk
piratedrunk
11 years ago

I for one appreciate the site for reporting these. I have been waiting for a psp price cut so this rumor gives me good reason to hold a bit of cash until after e3. It's not that I would be buying a psp at the current price if there wasn't the rumor I just simply wouldn't be buying one. If this site was purely news I would probably go somewhere else.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Morne, if you want to bash the site, do it elsewhere. I will continue to delete such posts if you keep at it.

Don't lecture me on a job I've been doing for quite a long time, for a variety of different publications and media sources, and don't act all high and mighty as if nobody's ever heard what you're saying.

It's not just about journalism; it's about a community. People talk. We want people to talk. They LIKE to talk. If you want just the bare news in the game industry, fine. Go to GameSpot. …oh wait, they run articles all the time about the rumor mill and whether it's legit or bogus. Can't go there. Maybe a "real" magazine like Strategy Informer or Game Informer. …oh no, wait. Can't do that, either. Entire sections dedicated to rumor. Hmmm…

Know what? Just stick with CNN and stop bothering everyone here. For the record, anyone who posts anything else off-topic that doesn't relate to the subject of the article gets their post deleted.


Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 4/24/2009 11:00:43 AM

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

Bring down that gavel!

sorry, couldn't resist.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
11 years ago

Maybe he's a "Plant" from Fox News

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
11 years ago

I wish I had a verbal Internet Hammer to bash people's heads in like you, Ben. When I do it I just sound like a jerk, and I end up ashamedly editing my comment to make it sound less angry.

psxmax
psxmax
11 years ago

Seeing is believing. Rumors cause tumors.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Rumors on the internet? When did this happen!?

crump602
crump602
11 years ago

Life would be boring without rumors!!

Give um hell Ben!! This aint the way to start a Friday off!! lol


Last edited by crump602 on 4/24/2009 11:12:35 AM

Cpt_Geez
Cpt_Geez
11 years ago

If this is true then its great news for anyone looking to pick up a ps3 or psp. Im happy with my 60gb launch model.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Okay back to the topic, I still don't buy it, the problem with this source is that he/she also confirms the PSP2, "Additionally, the mystery source confirmed the existence of the much-rumored PSP 2"

With the major push forward in software for the original PSP there is just no way they are going to jump to a new generation handheld just yet. A new model maybe, but not his "confirmed" PSP 2.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 4/24/2009 11:38:31 AM

HighLife
HighLife
11 years ago

If I had waited till now to buy either system I would wait till E3, this is usually when they make announcements of a cut.

I like knowing the rumors since I may buy another psp (wife always has it) and I am waiting to hear about a new model or price cut.

This is the best Playstation news site.


Last edited by HighLife on 4/24/2009 11:48:00 AM

Robochic
Robochic
11 years ago

Wait and See thats all i have to say on that.
Oh and rumours dont' sway people from buying or not buying a console if that was the fact do u think M$ 360 would be selling at all with the BS they have going on with their console but people seem to buy even if they have rumours or issues.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

lol 360 sells well despite rock solid negatory FACTS, nevermind rumors.

crapreviews
crapreviews
11 years ago

eh show me the actual price cut or i dont believe it lol

Sir Shak
Sir Shak
11 years ago

Mornelithe, if you want to critisize a story , you should be a little more subtle with your insults. Rumours are what this industry thrives on , and it's not like Ben wrote this article on a whim .

Ben , you need to be a litle thick skinned about this type of behaviour man . Your the chief editor here and he is just expressing an opinion, although his insults were not warranted, there is no need for you to lose your composure .


Last edited by Sir Shak on 4/24/2009 12:04:48 PM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

I normally don't care in the slightest.

But the day someone insults me personally and what I do for a living is the day I respond.

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

…and so you should Ben, with vigour!

Q!

"i am home"

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
11 years ago

I see your point Sir Shak, but if everyone was allowed to post what they want.. this place would be out of control.

Never let the inmates run the assylum..

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

Throw him into the tree!

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

Good point on both sides, but in defense of Ben; I understand what it's like. I used to admin a site a long while back and sometimes those personal attacks can hit a sore spot. These sorts of comments can trigger a reaction that can be hard to control.

Ben is justified to defend himself and the integrity of the website, in my opinion.

Andysw
Andysw
11 years ago

It would be shallow for microosft to do a price cut if sony does a price cut.

dirdiggler
dirdiggler
11 years ago

Rumor like this do in fact prevent ppl from purchasing the ps3 "now".. 3 guys I work with have been saying since December they want a ps3 but they keep reading of price drops. So its is preventing a purchase 3-4 months ago, but not a purchase once there is this price cut.

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

There will be a sales explosion anyway once a price cut comes along. The 3-4 guys you know are insignificant in totality world wide… just think of it as pent up demand…

It is probably better… NDP numbers will explode after that… PS3 and PSP should be well ahead of the pack overall… finally Nintendo will fall ūüôā

Q!

"i am home"

Masry_XI
Masry_XI
11 years ago

i dont think that a ps3 price drop will solve anything, wat we really need is a drop in the prices of thr games which are too damn expensive

crawdaddy
crawdaddy
11 years ago

I have a bricked ps3 that I want to replace. I am waiting for a price cut to do it, and yes I may be waiting for a long time, but the rumors of a price cut keeps my hopes up that a price cut will come soon, but the rumor has nothing to do with me waiting. I know that eventually a price cut will come, then I will buy one. Until then I will just play my ps2, and psp, but I do wish a price cut would come soon.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
11 years ago

Why not spend the $150.00 USD now?

Just a thought…

PedroGama
PedroGama
11 years ago

Blind people… always a note showing that PS3 is starting to sell more than WII and XBox, someone spreads this price drop gossip. No one see that it's just to break PS3 sells?

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

I for one will believe it when I see it but that does not mean I don't want to hear the latest rumors. If these rumors pan out to be true then hey hey more power to them and I may actually buy a PSP. That is not to say I am holding off buying one in case these rumors are true, the fact is if they are true I MIGHT buy one if they are not true I will not buy one. This is because I am interested in buying a PSP just not enough to pay the asking price as of now but the rumor itself is not holding me back.

Genesis_Angel
Genesis_Angel
11 years ago

hope this is true cuz i might buy it in summer right after school season ends XD

jerocarson
jerocarson
11 years ago

please no more rants

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
11 years ago

I wonder if they will ever bundle a PS3 and a PSP together at a price that would be a slight discount to both.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

E3? lol

FxTales
FxTales
11 years ago

Hope for the best, expect the worst.

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

The rumors won't slow current PS3 sales. There's people that want to wait till the price drops, but the price goes down eventually. So they'll get one eventually. There's also people like me that JUST decided to buy another when the price is right.
$299 is still steep for me. I'll buy my second PS3 when it drops to 199. Maybe in 2-3 years.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

What you described is precisely a slowing of sales.

…which leads to absurd articles about how the PS3 is "dying".