Presumably not followed by a discontinuation this time.
Whether you believe he truly has his finger on the pulse of the industry or is blindly trying to resuscitate a cactus, analyst Michael Pachter is at it again. This time, the popular industry analyst believes that gamers can expect to see another drop in Sony’s so - expensive - you'll - need - to - sell - a - kidney - to - get - it - and - a - couple - of - games PlayStation 3.
As you may remember, just before E3, it was revealed that the price of the 60GB PlayStation 3 would be dropping from $599 to $499. However, amidst the chaos of the week, it soon emerged that it wasn’t so much a price cut as it was a clearance – it seems once current stock of the 60GB version is depleted, gamers will only be left with one SKU to choose from: the recently announced 80GB unit, which will take the $599 price point now left vacant.
Sony believes it will have enough stock of the current 60GB to make it through the holiday season, at which point those predictions come into play. Once consumers only have that single SKU, Pachter believes Sony will drop the price of the 80GB to the $499 slot. Whether or not this means a fourth SKU will hit the market remains to be seen, but we doubt this means the 80GB will be shown the door.
Of course, we will continue to follow this story, and if it turns out Mr. Patcher’s predictions are true, or if Sony makes any other surprising business decisions, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date of any changes. In the meantime, be sure to check back at VGGEN often!
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