Sony is cutting prices on its upcoming PlayStation 3 even before the 17 November release date. Ken Kutagari, Sony’s PlayStation chief, spoke told the audience at the Tokyo Game Show that prices would be cut by 20% and that all models will include HDMI connectors. He also said there will be no further shipment delays.
The PlayStation 3 will be Sony’s newest gaming console will ship with a Cell processor, Blu-ray disc player and a 20 or 60 GB hard drive. The PS3 with a 20 GB hard drive version will sell for 49,980 yen or about $430. The price for the 60 GB version remains unchanged. Apparently, the price cut only applies to the Japanese market.
Tom’s Hardware – Sony cuts PS3 price and adds HDMI to base model
Microsoft currently sells its Xbox 360 in Japan for 39,795 yen ($342) and Nintendo will be launching its Wii console on December 2 for 25,000 yen ($215).
If Sony had left its previous price unchanged, game players in Japan would have nearly been able to buy both the Xbox 360 and Wii for the price of one PS3.
Reuters – Sony cuts PS3 Japan price
Published in: Games Consoles on 2006-09-22