Most gamers, journalists and analysts would love to see Sony announce a PlayStation 3 price cut at E3, and according to CNBC , they've already dropped hints that it will happen…

First of all, Sony did confirm with its recent fiscal numbers that they hit their goal of selling 10 million PS3 units in the fiscal year 2008 (it happened, contrary to how crazy some thought that prediction was a year ago). Furthermore, they've raised their 2009 PS3 sales goal to 13 million, which is a 30% increase, and…well, the analysts jumped all over that, because that kind of increase would be indicative of a price cut. Sony CEO Nobuyuki Oneda said they don't have any announcements to make "at this time," but added that if they release their pricing strategies, it "affects our inventory level." So an analyst asked flat-out how Sony expects to hit that higher 2009 number and Oneda replied, "Well, I think you have to guess what will be our pricing strategy." It's hardly a confirmation of any kind, but it's worthwhile to note that Sony has a point; they're already sacrificing PS3 sales over the next few weeks while everyone waits for E3 to see if the price cut announcement drops. They're in a tough spot but we figure everything starts to roll if the price drop comes at E3…

Oh, and you may notice the comment in that CNBC article- "That, combined with an underwhelming software lineup , has resulted in slow sales." …it's so good to see that the mainstream media still thinks it's 2007 in the gaming industry. Really. Absolutely fantastic. A definite boost for legitimacy. 'rolling eyes'

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BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
11 years ago

Well this is good news. Especially since all my friends who have Xbox's are starting to realize how much better ps3 is (in no small part to KZ2)

mexgeo86
mexgeo86
11 years ago

they're really underestimating the purchasing power of gamers, tisk tisk. and yes, they don't know much about the software lineup…like judging a book by it's cover 😛

fluffernutter
fluffernutter
11 years ago

It's nice to see that they know how to get their facts straight. /sarcasm

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

I hope they do do a pricecut. I want more varieties of third party exclusives. I think i might pick up uncharted before i get uncharted 2

kratos17
kratos17
11 years ago

you should definetly do that

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

US analysts are garbage

There I said it

God of War III alone will bring in a huge number of new buyers.

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
11 years ago

True that. GOWIII will rape everything that comes out around it's release. Violently.

Xra897
Xra897
11 years ago

only way microsoft can save themselves from god of war 3 would be like halo 4 or some thing

Xra897
Xra897
11 years ago

only way microsoft can save themselves from god of war 3 would be like halo 4 or some thing

JoshuaAdam360
JoshuaAdam360
11 years ago

Not as much as a price cut.

kratos17
kratos17
11 years ago

definetly

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

CNBC, say that's not an NBC company as in MSNBC is it? Not a company with an agenda perchance?

</sarcasm>

fluffernutter
fluffernutter
11 years ago

All companies have an agenda.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Some have sinister monopolizing agendas though *taps fingertips against eachother*

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

@ WorldsEndWithMe

<steepling fingers and thumbs>
<Mr. Burns voice>
Excellent!
</Mr. Burns voice>
</steepling fingers and thumbs>

tes37
tes37
11 years ago

Underwhelming to who? …….dead people.

jlch777
jlch777
11 years ago

"underwhelming software lineup" lol

Masterofallz
Masterofallz
11 years ago

'Oh, and you may notice the comment in that CNBC article- "That, combined with an underwhelming software lineup, has resulted in slow sales." …it's so good to see that the mainstream media still thinks it's 2007 in the gaming industry. Really. Absolutely fantastic. A definite boost for legitimacy. 'rolling eyes'"

:/ This is why I hate stupid people who think they are game journalists. Do you see why?

Either that, or its because NBC is owned by Microsoft. That might be one part of it.

englishgolfer
englishgolfer
11 years ago

2007???? cool i'm 2 years younger!

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
11 years ago

Don't worry Ben. You're not the only one rolling your eyes.
Well, I think we're all ready for that price cut. Hopefully it'll be a $100 one, since I have a friend who's hankering for a PS3 but only has $300. I told him just to wait until the beginning of June… don't make a liar out of me, Sony!

tes37
tes37
11 years ago

They need to leave the price alone for just a little longer, she ( ps3 ) doesn't belong in the red light district ( rrod ) like some cheap whore!!!!

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

Lol Tes37

Q!

"i am home"


Last edited by Qubex on 5/15/2009 2:07:49 AM

BIG_E
BIG_E
11 years ago

Cnbc is the second best to fox news in bu** sh** brodcasting.

shadowpal2
shadowpal2
11 years ago

Who doesn't want a better price? But of course almost every companies' goal is to make MONEY. Selling more doesn't mean always making more money.

If they do plan to make a cheap PS3…are they planning to take out features so that cost goes down for them or what?

tes37
tes37
11 years ago

Didn't they remove 2 usb ports and card reader to get the first price cut?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Yeah I'd call that a strong hint, but I'm not convinced it will as yet be coming at E3. It would be the best place yeah, but Sony has this interesting strategy that in spite of itself, seems to be working very well in gaining an unstoppable momentum.

As far as that stupid comment goes, look what happens when you leave a news story to someone who gets their own "news" from internet opinions.

Nynja
Nynja
11 years ago

"That, combined with an underwhelming software lineup, has resulted in slow sales."

This comment stems from poor marketing on Sony's part. Mainstream only hears about big titles that are advertised to death like Halo and Gears.

twenty8nine
twenty8nine
11 years ago

PS3 is already a better deal than 360 at its current price. If you want wireless internet, it will cost you $100 and $50/year, for the wireless adapter and the XBLA account.

For those that prefer the other, wired controller, there are relatively cheap adapters for that.

kratos17
kratos17
11 years ago

i wish everone felt this way but all people see is the immediate price tag and not what how much you will be saving if you look at it in a long term perspective

Swim_Irr
Swim_Irr
11 years ago

hahaha. "underwhelming…"

what a joke…

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

Yes, very much so!

Q!

"i am home"

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

Say it again Sam…

"Underwhelming…" – No Sam – SLAP!

Say it again Sam…

"Underwhelming…" – No Sam – SLAP!

One more time Sam

"Underwhelming…" – No Sam – SLAP! SLAP and SLAP again!

Q!

"i am home"


Last edited by Qubex on 5/15/2009 2:15:46 AM

tes37
tes37
11 years ago

laughed my a** off at that one. GOOD job Qubex!

isaya85
isaya85
11 years ago

I say mid june we will see Sony do something wicked, $249 mock my words

Jordahn
Jordahn
11 years ago

"I say mid june we will see Sony do something wicked, $249 mock my words"

I just mocked your words… 😉

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

I'm sure someone will mark your words and mock you. Of course not everyone considers that a) English is now a minority language on the Internet and b) even though who speak English do not always speak it using the same dialect, and c) some people who speak English learned it phonetically and some words – mock for example – can sound exactly like other English words depending on their pronunciation. The world would be a better place if we all looked to the meaning of what is written, it's intent, instead of the spelling and punctuation.

Regarding PS3's price…I think a $150 price drop is simply impossible. Such a drop would be in the region of a 40% reduction, which is too steep for a single year. I personally favor a $50 drop at E3, and a further $50 drop on the 3rd anniversary of launch, along with the launch of a new slimline PS3. But what do I know? I'm just a gamer who's played video games for 3 decades, has followed the gaming industry for longer than most of the professional gaming 'analysts' have been alive and have owned game consoles and home computers too numerous to list.

What do I know? My prediction is a $100 cut in the Autumn along with a slim system. They might surprise everyone and bring the cut forwards, but judging by their sales prediction, the timing for a cut is most likely the autumn.


Last edited by TheHighlander on 5/15/2009 1:22:17 PM

Diggity Dan
Diggity Dan
11 years ago

Yea, it's sad… but Sony can release 3 "triple A" exclusives for every 1 that MS releases, yet it will still lag behind in sales until a price cut happens.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

"…Sony can release 3 "triple A" exclusives for every 1 that MS releases, yet…"

And yet the media in the US will still act like the PS3 has no games and still push the line that a hard disc-less 360 Arcade without BluRay somehow represents a bargain at $199.

When the crap comes from an organization with direct financial ties to Microsoft, I find myself listening with even more cynicism than ever.

CNBC is an NBC Company. MSNBC is an NBC company that Microsoft has a direct financial interest in. NBC has a conflict of interest when discussing Microsoft competitors in any analysis piece and should declare that, but never do.

psxmax
psxmax
11 years ago

Analyst have been wrong about this before. They said the same thing about the PS2 and look how long it them to drop the price to $99.

Jordahn
Jordahn
11 years ago

Price cut! I'm all for it! 🙂

kratos17
kratos17
11 years ago

i think there shouldnt be a price drop in the current models because of production cost but instead sony should just put the 40 gig model on sale for 300$ because most gamers have a 360 only because its cheaper than a ps3 and mostly every game out is multiplatform. Also those people only have about 7 or 8 games but this is only a guess because im really not sure how much it cost to put together a ps3

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Oh, look who it is. It's Chris Morris. I've seen his so-called "work" and it's a joke. He couldn't even tell what Super Mario game was being shown on a monitor and yet he's a "hardcore" gamer. He has no credibility whatsoever.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Aaaand the no-lifer is gone again. Sorry to those who responded to JoshuaAdam's posts; every semblance of that fool must always disappear.

Jordahn
Jordahn
11 years ago

Is that why my lengthy truthful response was deleted…?

😉

fluffernutter
fluffernutter
11 years ago

You just made me spit out my drink. LOL

*EDIT* Ah crap. I clicked on the reply button to Ben's post but then the screen shifted as it was refreshing. My spittake was to what Ben said. Carry on.

*EDIT for being a we-todd* I see it attached it but there was a response before me. I'll go sit in the corner now.


Last edited by fluffernutter on 5/15/2009 1:21:59 PM

tes37
tes37
11 years ago

I thought the last three digits of his screen name looked rather peculiar for a ps3 fan. Did I spell The "P" word right?

Mr Bitey
Mr Bitey
11 years ago

As many have already pointed out.. NBC is a part of NBC Universal. Microsoft owns MSNBC which is a sister company. Controlling the media is actually pretty scary stuff.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBC_Universal

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

man oh man…

Heh…..

fluffernutter
fluffernutter
11 years ago

You want scary? Try looking into Clear Channel.

Robochic
Robochic
11 years ago

Hmmm we'll see thats all i have to say we'll see E3 is coming soon.