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October 18, 2007 - 12:05 pm - Posted by iDunzo

Sony PlayStation 3Sony Computer Entertainment America today cut the price of its PlayStation 3 (PS3) game console in the U.S. and announced an even cheaper model that will arrive before the holiday shopping season.

The top-line PlayStation model, with an 80 gigabyte hard drive, now costs $499.00 USD, down from $599.00 USD.

That effectively eliminates the lower-end model, which has a 60-gigabyte drive and has sold for $499.00 USD.

A new low-end model with a 40-gigabyte drive will go on sale November 2 for $399.00 USD.

Unlike the other PlayStation 3 models, the new one won’t be able to play games made for the PlayStation 2.

In a statement, Sony said this was due to a more extensive lineup of games of the PlayStation 3.

The U.S. launch of the 40-gigabyte model was widely expected, since Sony has already announced it for Japan and Europe.

By doing this, it narrows the price gap with competing game consoles, but the PlayStation is still the most expensive.

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 costs $350.00 USD and Nintendo’s Wii costs $250.00 USD.

The PlayStation 3 has been trailing them both in U.S. sales, and the Wii has been a breakout hit for Nintendo, with more than 9 million units shipped.

Sony has sold 5 million PlayStation 3’s since they went on sale in November last year.

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One Response to “Sony Announces New, Cheaper PS3”

  1.  Luke says:

    God, every time I hear this story it makes me angry all over again. Is there anyone anywhere in the world who thinks nixing backwards compatibility is a good idea? Anyone? Come on, that’s what sold the PS2 so well at the beginning: DVD playing and playing old PSX games. And you know what? People are still playing PSX games on their PS2s.

    Of course, all this is leading up to making a mint by selling ports and remakes of all the games from the last two generations…