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Sony Announces Price Drop for the PlayStation 3

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Sony yesterday announced that, effective immediately, it is cutting the price of the PS3 by $50. The price cut, unveiled at Sony's Gamescom 2011 keynote, means the 160GB PS3 will now retail for $249.99 in the U.S., €249.99 in Europe and ¥24,980 in Japan. The 320GB model is now going for $299. Sony's Jack Tretton commented on the price cut on the official PlayStation blog and attributed it to the console's ability to maintain momentum:

"While others in the space are losing steam, PlayStation 3 is gaining momentum and giving gamers everywhere more of what they want: an unparalleled line-up of exclusive games and access to the best in sports, movies and TV, all at a great value," he wrote. "The new price will make the PS3 more accessible than ever before, so there’s never been a better time to join PlayStation Nation. We know that while future-proof technology is important to you, content is still king — that’s why we continue to focus on bringing you exclusive “must have” titles that are unmatched by anything else on the market."

Tretton also announced a new bundle for fans hoping to take advantage of the new pricing. For a limited time only, you can grab an inFAMOUS 2 bundle that retails for $299 and includes a 320 GB PlayStation 3, a copy of inFAMOUS 2 and a 30-day membership to PlayStation Plus.

Sony's PlayStation 3 console was launched five years ago, in November of 2006. The 60GB model debuted at $599.

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    amk-aka-Phantom , August 18, 2011 8:46 AM
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    too many times Xbox say exclusive but they end up on the PC or lose them like Mass Effect


    Bless that "loss", it enabled one of the greatest game of all times to be played on a proper platform.
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    mman74 , August 18, 2011 7:49 AM
    I still have my original fat PS3 from when I bought in 2006! Fanboyism aside you have got to say that this is excellent value for money. You get a 3D capable PS3 player and very versatile machine. Some great PS3 exclusive franchises, Infamous, Unchartered, Resistance, Killzone, Heavy Rain, Little Big Adeventure, SOCOM, Ratchet & Clank that will never appear on another platform (too many times Xbox say exclusive but they end up on the PC or lose them like Mass Effect).
    Even if you have an Xbox and you are very happy, surely now is a great time to take a look at a PS3.
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    f-gomes , August 18, 2011 10:11 AM
    I'm a bit tired of this 249$ = 249€ bull. In my book, 249€ is 350$. 249$ in the US should mean we could buy it in Europe for less than 180€.
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    agnickolov , August 18, 2011 7:41 AM
    Making way for the next generation in a couple of years. And I still don't care...
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    mman74 , August 18, 2011 7:49 AM
    I still have my original fat PS3 from when I bought in 2006! Fanboyism aside you have got to say that this is excellent value for money. You get a 3D capable PS3 player and very versatile machine. Some great PS3 exclusive franchises, Infamous, Unchartered, Resistance, Killzone, Heavy Rain, Little Big Adeventure, SOCOM, Ratchet & Clank that will never appear on another platform (too many times Xbox say exclusive but they end up on the PC or lose them like Mass Effect).
    Even if you have an Xbox and you are very happy, surely now is a great time to take a look at a PS3.
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    willonidas , August 18, 2011 8:19 AM
    Awesome, was looking into buying a PS3.

    This plus the newly announced MGS HD Collection is going to make me one happy guy.
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    Thunderfox , August 18, 2011 8:34 AM
    mman74 Sony ad


    You forgot Sly Cooper.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , August 18, 2011 8:46 AM
    Quote:
    too many times Xbox say exclusive but they end up on the PC or lose them like Mass Effect


    Bless that "loss", it enabled one of the greatest game of all times to be played on a proper platform.
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    pinkeyes , August 18, 2011 8:48 AM
    Thunderfox gets a +1

    And the quote from Jack Trenton above should read:

    "While others in the space are losing steam, PlayStation 3 is gaining momentum and giving hackers everywhere more of what they want: Your personal information, on a silver platter"
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    AbdullahG , August 18, 2011 9:06 AM
    These price drops make me regret getting a console early. Now I feel bad :( 
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    f-gomes , August 18, 2011 10:11 AM
    I'm a bit tired of this 249$ = 249€ bull. In my book, 249€ is 350$. 249$ in the US should mean we could buy it in Europe for less than 180€.
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    rantoc , August 18, 2011 10:18 AM
    So Sony have a hard time selling them after the psn hack, wonder why! Buy a cheap console, get your credit card stolen and its all of a sudden not that cheap anymore!

    f-gomesI'm a bit tired of this 249$ = 249€ bull. In my book, 249€ is 350$. 249$ in the US should mean we could buy it in Europe for less than 180€.


    To few who votes with the money and ignore overpriced items signaling the companies its ok. Sad but true!
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    Markor , August 18, 2011 11:21 AM
    Sony KILLED support for running LINUX on PS3 on newer models.

    They can lower prices to 0(ZERO) if they like, I absolutely have no reason to consider PS3 as game console or as anything else with this kind of SONY destroying faith in company.

    Consoles are non standard, proprietary, remotely controlled and unusable for most of the things.
    They should just DIE.
    Also that Euro to USD thing.. I think I will pass on that US produced overpriced Shit.
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    soldier37 , August 18, 2011 11:51 AM
    Only use mine now for my main blu ray player my pc is 6 generations ahead of it in games. Once you played on a 2560 x 1600 res high end pc you wont ever go back to consoles to game. Bring on BF3 !!!
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    NuclearShadow , August 18, 2011 12:17 PM
    The reason I have completely skipped this console generation is because to this day there are simply no titles that don't make it to PC that I really desire. Don't get me wrong I know there are decent games but none of them really stand out nor do they seem to deserve the high amount of praise they are given. The only console game I can think of that I would like to sit down and play through completely is Metal Gear Solid 4, but I sure the heck am not going to buy a PS3 just to play that single game.

    Perhaps my many years as a PC gamer simply has made me acquire a different taste than console gamers. Whenever I play a game ported to PC I almost always find myself wondering
    how someone could think this was a good game to begin with, the most recent example being Fable 3.
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    cognoscentiable , August 18, 2011 1:16 PM
    They're having a laugh with the exchange rate... as in, ignoring that it exists.
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    drwho1 , August 18, 2011 1:29 PM
    "The new price will make the PS3 more accessible than ever before, so there’s never been a better time to join PlayStation Nation."

    I love my 60GB PS3 that I have for 5 years now but I don't remember EVER singing up to that "PlayStation Nation".

    USA! USA! USA!
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    soo-nah-mee , August 18, 2011 2:21 PM
    cognoscentiableThey're having a laugh with the exchange rate... as in, ignoring that it exists.
    As an American I guiltily appreciate that we get a lower price on games and electronics than Europeans, but I have to admit it is rediculously unfair that $1 = 1€ in the gaming world. Don't you guys have to pay VAT on top of that too? My condolences.
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    bustapr , August 18, 2011 2:52 PM
    they shouldve just kept it at $300 and brought back ps2 compatibility. I already have a ps3 but Id be more than happy to sell it and buy another with ps2 in it.
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    wild9 , August 18, 2011 3:19 PM
    NuclearShadowThe reason I have completely skipped this console generation is because to this day there are simply no titles that don't make it to PC that I really desire. Don't get me wrong I know there are decent games but none of them really stand out nor do they seem to deserve the high amount of praise they are given. The only console game I can think of that I would like to sit down and play through completely is Metal Gear Solid 4, but I sure the heck am not going to buy a PS3 just to play that single game.Perhaps my many years as a PC gamer simply has made me acquire a different taste than console gamers. Whenever I play a game ported to PC I almost always find myself wonderinghow someone could think this was a good game to begin with, the most recent example being Fable 3.


    What about the Call of Duty games? I prefer to play those with a keyboard and mouse, rather than a console controller. Mind you I did originally start playing these types of games on PC so maybe I am a little biased, but I just can't get to grips with playing FPS on a console. Plus, there's all the add-ons you can get for the PC, like Call of Duty: United Offensive.. an multi-player mod that I picked up for £1! I know it's old but it's still cool to blast around the snow in a tank.

    Other games that started on consoles and made it to PC, have benefited. I mean, despite Rockstar's restrictions, the GTA: San Andreas online mods (namely Multi-Theft-Auto and San Andreas Multi-player), get phenominal support. Every day there's 100's of servers with 1000's of players. Unlike the console version you can race online, fight zombies and role-play although because the mod is effectively based around a game that wasn't MP to begin with, things are still evolving. Even Vice City and GTA IV are being developed, and there's now a version of GTA IV that uses the San Andreas map, the benefit being improved Rage Engine graphics. Hmm, I wonder if Rockstar would actually consider doing it for the PS3..

    I think there are some games that translate well to PC, but unfortunately I have not always had decent PC hardware to run them. At least with the PS3 you know what to expect and don't have to worry too much about lag. The graphics don't bother me that much..coming from the ZX Spectum era, I am more interested in the game-play. I'm just not too keen on console controllers for first-person stuff unless it's driving sims.
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    wild9 , August 18, 2011 3:24 PM
    bustaprthey shouldve just kept it at $300 and brought back ps2 compatibility. I already have a ps3 but Id be more than happy to sell it and buy another with ps2 in it.


    Does the Japanese version still have PS2 hardware support? I agree about keeping it in all models.. after all it's keeping the support base alive as well as keeping people in jobs. But for some reason it's a huge deal for Sony to stick some old Silicone inside a modern games machine. What's the betting that if Sony did bring back PS2 support, they'd make you pay through the nose for it..
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    wild9 , August 18, 2011 3:28 PM
    f-gomesI'm a bit tired of this 249$ = 249€ bull. In my book, 249€ is 350$. 249$ in the US should mean we could buy it in Europe for less than 180€.


    Well f-gomes, I should imagine lots of people thinking the same this Christmas, including myself. Isn't globalisation wonderful, eh.. reduced wages, longer hours and higher taxes (especially with bankers to bail out!). But when it comes to lowering retail prices...erm..erm..nah, we better not go there; let's pretend we're giving the European including British customers, an awesome deal. Same old same old..
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    bustapr , August 18, 2011 3:33 PM
    Yeah there are games better suited for consoles and there are games better suited for PC. Assassins cred for example had horrendous mouse and keyboard controls, and just about any game in that style . Swinging swords and making combos with a mouse click feels a bit strange. And the precision of FPS aiming with a mouse kills a few times over the controller. They make games that will run at 30+ fps for consoles without worries, and on pc you have to worry about your equipment, but if you have the more expensive equipment the pc game will look better. and exclusives are also a factor, Id very much like to play heavy rain metal gear on pc, but w cant. Both the pc and consoles have their ups and downs against eachother, its good to have both.
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