Unnecessary Gadgets: Sony Unveils “Super Slim” PS3; No Price Drop Planned
With rumors of a new PlayStation running rampant, Sony is trying to keep the focus on its PlayStation 3 with a new “Super Slim” model. However, it doesn’t appear the new device will retail for any less than the standard PS3 model.
Gamers will recall that the original PlayStation 3, which launched in late 2006, was something of a behemoth. Packing in 80GB or 40GB hard drives, the devices dominated home theater set-ups, leaving little space for Microsoft’s smaller Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s tiny Wii.
Three years later Sony mercifully unveiled a “slim” PlayStation 3 boasting 160GB storage. It also cut the price of the device by $50.
Unfortunately, there will be no price drop when the firm releases its Super Slim PS3. Priced at $270, it will up the storage capacity to 250GB or 500GB and Sony says it will throw in a free copy of the critically-acclaimed game Uncharted 3: Game of the Year Edition. Not a bad deal, though Uncharted 3 now sells for a song on Amazon.com.
If you’re not a big fan of Indiana Jones-themed video games, Sony says it will be releasing a Super Slim PS3 packed with the brand new Assassin’s Creed 3 for $300. That bundle will become available in October and should arouse considerable interest amongst consumers.
That said, it seems a little ridiculous to spend $300 on a PlayStation given the number of rumors about new consoles from Sony and Microsoft. Granted, most of those rumors have involved an Xbox 720, but it’s highly unlikely Sony will give Microsoft a year’s worth of breathing room this time around.
As for the absence of a price drop, Sony vice president John Koller reportedly told Engadget that consumers don’t like that kind of thing:
“There’s no price drop formally, but the thing that’s been happening in the market over the last year or so is that there’s been so many retail price promotions, and so many different gift card offers and all those things, being done by all of us (Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony), that we’ve heard from our consumer, ‘Enough with all these weird price moves. What we really want is content and games and value.’”
Yep, saving money in a crippling recession — I hate it!