Wow…who says price isn't a primary obstacle for consumers in regards to new video game consoles?
In all honesty, we thought it'd be a closer race between "the games" and "the lower price tag" in regards to last week's poll question, but it wasn't even close: our readers say the most appealing aspect of the PS3 Slim is the cheaper price. With the advent of this new model, the default PS3 dropped $100 and droves of people have rewarded Sony for this savvy – albeit somewhat late – marketing move. Many of the hardcore gamers will be quick to say, "eh, it really is all about the games; who wants a console that doesn't have titles I want to play, no matter how cheap it is?" Well, that's a good point but in the end, the cost is always a consideration (unless you're wealthy). The PS3 Slim didn't shoot off the charts because everyone suddenly looked at the current and future exclusive lineup and went, "damn, what have I been missing?!" They might've said that after that new $299 price tag piqued their interest, but let's face it: it was the price cut that got 'em intrigued.
However, as a nod to those who maintain that it begins and ends with software, we'd like to give you an early opportunity to vote for your Game of the Year. Well, as the year is hardly complete, it's more of a prediction on your part; how will something like Killzone 2 stack up to Uncharted 2: Among Thieves ? What game do you believe will earn the highest honors once 2009 is over? And we're not necessarily talking about the title that wins PSXE's GotY award; just what you think will be the best game of the year. 🙂