As many expected, Sony cut the price on the PS3 by $100 to $499. But simultaneously introduced another version (80 GB), retailing at $599. So previously there was a $599/$499 lineup, and now there is a $599/$499 lineup, once again.
But that’s not all. In an interview GamesIndustry, Sony’s David Reeves admitted that the 60 GB version, the “price-cut-$499″, PS3 will be phased out in July, and all that is left is the $599 PS3.
All they’re doing is taking their stock in trade that they’ve got at the moment of the 60GB model, marking the price down and it will all be gone by the end of July. After that there is no more 60 GB in North America.
It was almost too good to be true, a PS3 price cut. Turns out it was just another marketing trick by Sony. Sure if you want your cheaper 60 GB PS3, now is the time to get it, you have about two weeks left. Then it’s only the 80 GB, $600 console left, and the Motorstorm bundle is limited time only. So we’re back where we started, only 20 GB more (the difference between a 60 GB and 80 GB hard drive is something like $10 in manufacturing costs). Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.