Sony’s PS3 to be Slashed in Price from Monday

Next week Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) will slash the price of its Blu-ray gaming console, the PlayStation 3, from $629.95 to $479.95 for the 160GB model.

The 320GB model will be reduced from $729.95 to $579.95 at the same time.

The new pricing is effective from Monday and mirrors — but doesn’t match — price cuts in Europe and the US, where the base model will cost only $US250.

Nonetheless, SCE NZ insists in its press release: “Through these price reductions, the upcoming line-up of blockbuster software titles for the PS3 system, and the industry’s strongest offering of entertainment services, SCE will continue to expand the PS3 platform and deliver a world of computer entertainment that is only possible on PlayStation.”

Within five years of its release in 2006, the PS3’s cumulative worldwide sales have reached a milestone of 50 million units.

“Equipped with future proof cutting–edge technologies, including the sophisticated processors, Cell Broadband Engine and RSX, as well as the Blu-ray disc player and HDMI terminal, PS3 has continuously enhanced its value to consumers through system software updates to support new features and services, including stereoscopic 3D content playback and support for the PlayStation Move motion controller,” SCE says.

“With the breadth and depth of services and content available for the PS3 system, including its impressive BD software line-up and the expansive portfolio of more than 60,000 games and video content available on PlayStation Network, the new price will make the platform more accessible than ever and will appeal to a wider audience looking to buy the best entertainment system for their home.”

As of June 30, the worldwide cumulative number of BD software titles for the PS3 system topped 2,495 titles and downloadable PS3 games on PlayStation Store, 3,100 titles.

Of these titles, more than 120 are stereoscopic 3D supported and 200 are PlayStation Move dedicated or supported.

Coming soon are:  FIFA 12 and Battlefield 3, from Electronic Arts; GoldenEye 007: Reloaded from Activision; Assassin’s Creed Revelations, from Ubisoft; and Resistance 3, The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception from SCE.

The PS3 system also provides free access to PlayStation Network and its growing portfolio of marquee entertainment services such as Music Unlimited, Vidzone, Mubi and TVNZ Ondemand.

The new PS3 and PSP prices will be:

  • PS3 Console (160GB) $479.95 (incl. GST)
  • PS3 Console (320GB) $579.95 (incl. GST)
  • PSP E1000 $179.95 (incl. GST)
  • PSP Essentials Software Range $19.95 (incl. GST)
  • PlayStation Vita pricing to be confirmed
  • PlayStation 3D Monitor $849.95 (incl. GST)
  • PlayStation Move Starter Pack $112.40 (incl. GST)
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One Response to “Sony’s PS3 to be Slashed in Price from Monday”

  1. I guess the NZ pricing model goes along with the normal rip-off pricing we get in NZ as we have seen in the past few weeks with RWC jerseys.

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