Dear Sony, Can You Cut The PS3 Price Please? Love, Your Third-Party Publishers.

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PS3PriceCut The Playstation 3 is the most expensive console on the market at the moment. We know that, Sony knows that – and most importantly, the third-party devs and publishers know that. Well, those 3rd party fellas have had enough of it, and are pressuring Sony to reduce the price of its black, Blu-ray capable megalith.

Janco Partners soothsayer Mike Hickey believes that unless Sony increase the PS3 user-base by lowering the price of their console, many third party devs will channel their resources into development on other platforms – A sentiment echoed by many third party publishers, including EA, Activision and Ubisoft.

Sony though have vociferously defended their price point and seem quite happy with their price structure. SCEA senior VP of marketing Peter Dille said that there are "no immediate plans" to lower the price.

With Sony posting it’s first operating loss since 1995, can they really afford to drastically reduce the price on a console they’re still making a loss on? Then again, can they really afford not to?

Source : Gamespot

Last Updated: March 17, 2009

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Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Someone

    I really don’t think Sony are going to drop the Price.
    The console burnt a moerse hole on the pockets.
    The PS3 is now only able to break even, and will need to be cheaper to build before they drop the price.

    I wish they’d hurry up tho…

  • The will have to..In order to up the install base

  • WitWolfyZA

    Easier said that done. I mean they had to retrence all those people just to keep up

  • Ace-ZA

    Install base is pretty high at the moment I dont think they ‘have’ to. I think sales would be pretty huge though if they did. A lot of people are holding off till the next price cut. I think they will wait for KZ2 sales to drop low and then cut the console prices, that will likely make the sales sky rocket as well…

  • SimonR

    IMO Sony should lower the price of ONLY the the inevitable God of War bundle (by lets say for eg. R1000/$100) because we all know the huge PS2 install base, which Sony hopes some day will join the party, and we all know 99% of ps2 owners have all played GOW2 (naturally they’ll want to play no.3), that way they’ll up the PS3 sales in quite a short amount of time, and see how the market responds to a price cut. And if it goes better than expected, cut the price permanently.

  • I dont think they need to drop it. The ps3 is succeeding with its current price. However it would benefit the gamers, as a bigger install base means better games!

  • WitWolfyZA

    maybe that eventaully lead to better online competition aswel. im not talking numbers , but in game chat ect…

  • RogueOne

    Well I was a total PS fanboy, I remember the first mention of Xbox and I thought the guy was nuts and that the PS was the only console…..then the shocking pricing stopped me from buying on untill i eventually saw a 360 in action.

    They would have to drop a hell of allot for me to take interest though. I really would’nt want it for BluRay, I just want to game.

  • Q121

    I was a BIG sony fanboi because there was nothing else out in SA 🙁

    The Sega Dreamcast went bust… and when the PS2 came out we never had the origonal Xbox (this was when I was in school and could not import)

    When i decided to get a new console, the PS3 was delayed, again and the price they were talking about was SHOCKING, thats when i looked into the xbox side of life, and have never looked back…..

    Even though I am really wanting to get my hands on a gamecube or a wii… just to get my mario fix…. :angel:

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