$299.00 PS3 Should You or Shouldn’t You??

*Please note that what you are about to read is purely the speculation of the writer and not to be taken as official advice endorsed by SmartCanucks.ca

Ever since Sony released the PS3 with the hefty price tag of $599.00 a lot of people have been waiting for a price drop, myself included, and finally it’s here! You have probably seen at least one post or advertisement this week about the great new price of $299.00 and you may be thinking ‘now’s the time’ (and your husband might be jumping up and down b/c he can no longer contain his excitement). But is now the time?? Here’s some info to consider; Sony has officially announced the release of the PS3 Slim for Sept.1, 2009 for the same price of $299.00. So now you may be thinking ‘ok so I can get a new slicker model for the same price, but I really want it now!’  So, consider this, the new model is going to be 120 gb while the old model is only 80 gb. A reasonable assumption at this point is that the new Slim PS3 is going to be a better value (and right now it is), so I pose this question – What will happen to the 80 gb when the 120 gb Slim is officially released for the same price? If one is clearly a higher value than we, as savvy shoppers, know that it will be a hard sell trying to convince people to pay the same price for them! So, in theory, a possible price drop in the 80 gb in the very near future??? *shrugs. I don’t know, but I’m going to wait just in case the real question ends up being; does size matter? 😉

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29 responses to “$299.00 PS3 Should You or Shouldn’t You??”

  1. Sally says:

    We bought it last xmas and we have the big one. I’d honestly wait for the smmal one because it is a huge unit.

    Also don’t expect it to work with ps2 discs. It is not compatible. Only the first models were and those are long sold.

  2. kingy says:

    what is the hard drive used for?

  3. Marketing Guy says:

    Actually, the new PS3 Slim will be priced at $199 to compete with the Wii – a full $100 less than the original PS3 priced at $299. I’m in marketing, and I too question why anyone would want the bigger one for $100 more. They obviously have to leave something out if they can charge $100 less…. but both will have the Blu-Ray player, the Slim has a larger hard drive (as mentioned), and is more compact. Perhaps the PS3 original will come bundled with a couple controllers? Maybe a game or two? Generally speaking, the best way to make cheap electronics is to strip out accessories (like printers, which now sell the printer cable separately). Interested in other peoples’ thoughts on this, or if they have further details on the differences between the two.

  4. James says:

    You can swap out the Hard Drive anytime for a bigger one. I did this and now have 320gb. The slim will have the same functionality.

  5. Annchan says:

    I don’t think the price will go down. When new versions of the CD have come out in the last (lite and i) the price of the older models have not dropped. I think this is because they don’t want people rushing out and buying sheaper old models and would rather people just spend their money on the new stuff.

  6. Annchan says:

    oops, I mean’t when new versions of the DS

  7. Robin says:

    Didn’t the DS Lite pretty much make the original DS obsolete?

  8. Sally says:

    I still see ds’s for sale everywhere.

  9. Robin says:

    I mean the DS original. My daughter has one. It is much fatter and heavier than the ds lite. I don’t think they those anymore. They still sell both the Ds Lite and DS I though.

  10. adora says:

    I heard that one of the reason to drop the price is to promote Blue-Ray Discs. PS2 did a great deal introducing DVD back in the days. They are hoping the same for BR.

    I personally wouldn’t consider a Blue-Ray Player at all because my TV is only 480 pixels. More importantly, I have poor vision, wouldn’t make a big difference. But if PS3 is only $199, I’d definitely buy it for PS3 only games and will occasionally rent Blue-Ray videos.

    Does anyone know about its backward compatibility? Can I play PS1 or PS2 games with it?

  11. abirdd says:

    Adora – The new slim version will not be backwards compatible. Also, it does not have the media slots. HTH.

  12. Sally says:

    I know you meant the regular ds, and there still for sale EVERYWHERE lol.

  13. abirdd says:

    Marketing Guy – Where are you getting the $199 entry price?? The new slim is slated to market at $299. Europe will be market at 199 pounds/euros.

  14. Sally says:

    NO PS3 doesnt have backwards capability, only the first version did then they got rid of it. Even the one I bought last Xmas DOES NOT have backwards capability.

    Its on the back of the box in tiny writing.

    It really sucked because we had no idea that they stoppped making them backwards capable.

    If you need further confirmation google it, and check out ebay, this is why the first version of the ps3 goes for up to 500 used because of the backwards capability.

  15. Chi of Steel says:

    I’ve seen nor heard of any mention of the Slim being $199. You are already getting an extra 40gb with tne new model, they won’t slash the price for at least a year. The Wii I’ve seen slashed to $249 to remain competitive though.

  16. Robin says:

    I guess maybe they sell them but the original are not the same price as the DS Lite are they???

  17. Enjamin says:

    People, we’re getting off topic here. The main issue from the OP is should we wait for the 80GB clunker to go on sale because the slim version will have more memory for the same price.

    I went to costco and they still havent’ cut the price for the PS3, HD remote, and two controllers for 469. I asked the CS rep and she had no idea. Lets hope that sucker goes down in price!! If somebody sees this make sure to post on SC!!

    Let the cheapest PS3 quest begin!

  18. BCgamer says:

    Money better spent on a Xbox 360 if you play multi-player games. Xbox Live’s networking is 100x better and more organized, and only getting better.

    PS3 is more powerful, but without a good online community, why bother with it. Sure it has Blu-Ray player, but its not up to standards with “now” cheaper players available.

  19. Bridges_48 says:

    PS3 slim is not going to be $199.00 in Canada, that is the US price. Canada will be $299.00, so go for a road trip and buy it there, some stores even off the canadian $$ at Par!

  20. aj says:

    the US price is not 199. where are you people getting this idea? check out best buy usa –>299

  21. Marketing Guy says:

    Hey everyone, I’m just quoting the news story I heard on the radio last week on 680 News Toronto (usually very reputable). It’s entirely possible they got their CDN/USD prices mixed up; though they made a point of contrasting the “$199 PS3 Slim” vs. the “$299 PS3 original”. More than likely just an error on their part. Or perhaps they just had bad data all around. I trust the SC posters much more, as you people really seem to know your stuff. My apologies for any confusion.

  22. Marketing Guy says:

    Just FYI, I see that X-Box Elite has also announced a price drop to $299, and a phase-out of their mid-level X-Box Pro. I doubt Nintendo will follow suit – they’re already at $199 in many stores, and have sold over 50MM units in Canada/US already.

  23. Chi of Steel says:

    Marketing Guy, please quote Cdn prices. The Wii has been retailing at $279 since launch. However, they were on sale this week at Shoppers for $249. Only in the US will you see a $199 sticker price.

    As for BCgamer above, don’t kid yourself. The PS3 is still considered a top-tier Blu-Ray player by industry experts, and is among the fastest in disc load times. For $299, it’s a steal for a gaming console, media extender, and Blu-Ray player/DVD-upconverter with WiFi capabilities.

    X-Box may have a more active online community, but you need to pay a yearly fee. PS3 has free online network play, as does Wii. I would stay away from X-Box as they are more prone to defects.

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