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Analysts expect $499 price for 80GB PS3 over holidays

We can't say we didn't expect it, let alone haven't heard it before and probably had some report on it a while back. Once again, those number-crunching-guessing analysts are setting up consumers for one of two things: an expected result or disappointment. There are no pleasant surprises anymore, huh? Anyway, Wedbush Morgan's own Michael Pachter and simExchange's Jesse Divnich came out of the forest to proclaim the 60GB model PS3 will vanish by the holidays and the 80GB model will fully replace it -- price and all. Yep, they sense Sony will lower the 80GB model to $499 and keep it there.

Other sales boosts, the two say, could come in the form of more software bundles and Jesse Divnich is "confident that through the coming months, Sony will make the correct decisions to prevent the gap between the PS3 and the Xbox 360 to widen." Pachter chimes in also with the idea that in early 2008, Sony may be prepared to cut the price of their console again. We don't think we'll see another $100 price drop, but if one does happen, we bet it'd be about $50. That's our analysis, what's yours?

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1. I'm still one for the 60gb with Emotion Chip, and a $98 320gb external HDD (Target has them).

Unless the 80gb does something our current 60gb doesn't.

Posted at 2:10PM on Sep 4th 2007 by PhillyVu

2. It does software emulation. If you plan on playing alot of PS2 games on your PS3 than the PS 60GB is a safer bet.

Posted at 2:17PM on Sep 4th 2007 by Egster

3. i've got a launch ps3 w/ an internal 160GB hdd bought from newegg.com...i'm fine with mine.

Posted at 2:32PM on Sep 4th 2007 by Justin

4. been saying this since the 80GB rumor started ... any upgrade in HD is not really an upgrade from a manufacturing standpoint, its just a replacement for the standard. as the cost of storage goes down a new sku will emerge. the non EE version will eventually rival the 60GB version .. just a matter of months for that to occur form what i can tell with todays update.

Posted at 2:35PM on Sep 4th 2007 by sectionz

5. If they just drop the price on these things, more people would buy it. Lame strategy.

Posted at 2:49PM on Sep 4th 2007 by Waruwaru

6. They are dropping the price but you have to understand that HD prices drop and it starts to cost more to get 60GB HD's than it does the 80GB HD's. I wouldn't be surprised to see 80GB SKU at $449.99 for Christmas followed by a $50 price reduction in March with introduction of a 100GB SKU at $499.99 w/ Maybe Ratchet and extra controller until the 80GB SKU is sold out. By the end of the 7~8 year life span 160+GB HD's will probably be the standard SKU. Theres just no reason not to with the continued drops in costs.

But without the higher price on the SKU obviously people would buy it over the 60GB version if they were the same price. Therefore the 60GB version would never finish selling out.

Just give it time people. The price will probably be very near to the 360 by Christmas of next year if not cheaper. Sony does most of its manufacturing in house and most of the technology found in the PS3 is used in other applications meaning higher amounts of development and faster cost reduction.

Posted at 3:11PM on Sep 4th 2007 by Blade

7. No sense is ever buying a higher end PS3 if this is Sony's strategy

Posted at 5:01PM on Sep 4th 2007 by nick

8. Hmm I still have 33GB's on my launch PS3

Does anyone know a good site I can find a 250GB HD lower than $200

Posted at 5:37PM on Sep 4th 2007 by J_Swayze

9. Sony Style is out of the 60 GB version. I would have bought a 60GB had I known they would run out so soon. No way I'll touch an 80GB version until the price is also $500

Posted at 5:42PM on Sep 4th 2007 by YouFaceTheTick

10. Drop the game in the 80GB, and I see nothing stopping Sony from dropping the PS3 another $100. The cost to include the increased HD size is negligible. The exclusion of the PS2 chips had to reduce costs a little. And in theory, the PS3 should run a little cooler without them since there's less hardware to power. Less watts burned equals less heat. A well written software emulator coupled with the Cell should have no problem obtaining compatibility equal to the PS2 chips.

Posted at 6:06PM on Sep 4th 2007 by Kyle A. Miller

11. In other words: f--- you if you bought the 60GB PS3 for $499.

Posted at 9:32PM on Sep 4th 2007 by Jonah Falcon

12. the new update fck'd my wi-fi

Posted at 9:41PM on Sep 4th 2007 by steve

13. Eh poop on price drops. Get the sonystyle credit card then order the 60 GB one. 500 (ps3) - 150 (free credit towards purchases over 300 bucks) + 30 (taxes) = 380 + 5 free Blu Ray movies (most are ok, 5th category licks balls) You wont get a deal that good for a long time. Thats what it took to get me to finally buy a PS3... lol Not because I couldn't afford it, because at 380 I couldn't care less

Posted at 11:14PM on Sep 4th 2007 by Darko

14. Last night I noticed sony style had the 60GB box. I got the sony rewards card - $150 off, 0% for 12 months - and snatched up a PS3. Can't wait for it to arrive!

Posted at 11:05AM on Sep 5th 2007 by YouFaceTheTick

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