Nintendo and Microsoft cut the purchase prices of their respective current-gen consoles today in preparation for the upcoming holiday season. Nintendo’s Wii, about to be replaced by the Wii U, saw a $20 dollar cut and the announcement of a new bundle that includes both Wii Sports games on a single disc and a Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuck. Microsoft dropped the price on the Xbox 360 and announced two new holiday bundles for $250 each.
The first, obviously targeting “hardcore” gamers, includes a 250 gig hard drive, a copy of Forza Motor Sport 4, a download voucher for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and a headset and controller. The second, clearly geared toward families, includes a 4 gig hard drive, a Kinect sensor, and two games; Kinect Adventures and Kinect Disneyland Adventures.
With a lower purchase price and more included gaming fun, both Nintendo and Microsoft have notably upped the value of their current consoles. So what about Sony and its PalyStation 3?
Sony surprised the world last month by slimming the PS3 for a second time, creating three total “versions” of the console thus far. As reported on CNET, taking the new “Super-Slim” model apart reveals that it is not an upgrade over previous models, but is rather a version of the console that is cheaper for Sony to produce. In other words, aside from two new bundles featuring either Uncharted 3 or Assassin’s Creed III, the only real value to the consumer at all is bigger hard drives coming in at 250 gb and 500 gb, respectively.
Stranger still, Sony has chosen thus far to refrain from lowering the price of the older Slim model. A 320 gb original Slim PS3 with a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 currently retails for $300. So how much will a 500 gb Super-slim with a copy of Assassin’s creed 3 cost you when the bundle releases on October 30th? Yup, $300. 180 extra gb and a newer game for the same price. Hmm…
Alright, dear reader, I leave the big question in your capable hands. With increased value coming from Microsoft and Nintendo via today’s price drops, coupled with the fact that Sony’s original slim doesn’t seem to offer the same value of the newer model, is it time for Sony to drop the price on the older model?
More importantly, seven years into the current console cycle, is it time to see a PS3 price-drop across the board just like we saw today from Microsoft and Nintendo?
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