Sony slashes prices on PS 3 … still too expensive
Sony has announced it is discontinuing the 60GB PS3 which went for $499, and instead is releasing a smaller 40GB model to sell for one hundred dollars less ($399). The 80GB model has also cut it’s price by a hundred bucks ($499). Still too expensive for my taste. The move is to position the PS3 to compete with both the Xbox and Wii which have price points of $350 and $250 respectively. Granted, the PS3’s High Definition graphics are amazing. But what has been it’s killing point is the price, which arguably includes a Blu-ray DVD drive – which alone can eat up it’s price tag. But here’s lies the rub …
… the new 40GB PlayStation 3 will NOT be backwards compatible. The hell? That means that users who have spent the last few years mastering all those PS2 games will have to keep their old PS2 unit if they want to take a gaming walk down memory lane. Sony claims this is because the new PS3 has a ton of games available now so there’s no need to be backwards compatible – hence the exclusion of software emulation or the Emotion Engine chip to force users to buy more PS3 games. So, let’s get this straight … you want PS2 users to forsake their gaming platforms, and spend four hundred dollars for the upgrade and they can’t play their old games? Certainly motivates me … not.
The PS3 goes on sale November 2nd.
Source: Yahoo news