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Rumor: PS2 Dropping to $100 Around April 5, 2009

308w ago - A single source at a Kmart has sent JoyStiq images that the PS2 will be promoted for $99.99 starting April 5, 2009.

To quote: This source has given us reliable retail information in the past and does not believe this is a sale, but the new price for the nearly decade-old, DVD-enabled console. The last-gen juggernaut currently retails for $129.99.

Our source also checked for a PS3 price cut - following industry rumors that one is incoming - but found no evidence in the Kmart system at this time.

More details to come as they are available.

Microsoft is Dropping the Ball on 2009 Exclusives

324w ago - Our Xbox 360 sits proudly in the entertainment unit at home in an uneasy trilateral truce between itself, our PS3, and the Wii.

And despite the odd unexplained occurrence - like the time we found the Wii pushed onto the floor with a DS stylus rammed up its rear power port (the 360 and the PlayStation 3 were turned innocently away from the horrific scene) - everybody seems to get along just fine. That said, we've got some issues with the 360 - namely, it's 2009 line-up (or lack thereof).

Credit when credit is due, the 360 had a fantastic 2008 season, especially when you consider that some douchebag analysts predicted this was a 'Sony year' that would put the 360 on the back foot (or the non-slip rubber protrusion that passes for the 360's back foot). Make no mistake, 2008 was good - check out this fancy, delicious looking pie-chart if you don't believe us.

But this solid performance by Microsoft is somewhat diminished when you look into the future and try to define the Top Ten Hottest X360 Games of 2009. Because when you compare them to the Top Ten Hottest PS3 Games of 2009 two things become painfully obvious: 1. Microsoft is relying upon multi-platform titles quite heavily, and 2. If they do have any exclusive aces up their sleeve they should really get into the habit of...

Sony is Dropping the 40GB PS3 Model Price $40 This Weekend

335w ago - A leaked Blockbuster memo has revealed that Sony is permanently dropping the price of the discontinued 40GB PS3 as of Sunday.

The price of the 40GB will now be $360, while a bundle including a HDMI cable, Spiderman Movie, and Tansformers game will be available for $400.

To quote: According to a Blockbusters' memo leaked to us today Sony is permanently dropping the price of the discontinued 40GB model of the Playstation 3 starting Sunday.

The price drop, which was verified by calls to a number of Blockbuster stores, will drop the 40GB model to $360 and an PS3 40GB bundle with an HDMI cable, Spiderman the movie and Transformers the game to $400.

Stores that have trade-ins of the PS3 40GB will be selling it for $360 as well.

PS3 80GB Dropping to $400 in September, Will Replace 40GB

345w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment America CEO Jack Tretton announced today that the price point of the 80GB PS3 model will permanently drop to $400 dollars this September, replacing the current 40GB pack.

Tretton stressed that the new 80GB Core Pack will become Sony's primary PS3 model, offering "all of the same features and functionality" of the 40GB.

Does that mean no backwards compatibility with PS2 games?

To quote: No new SKU was announced, and the 40 GB SKU will be phased out, so it seems that Sony is likely moving back to a one-version console market. Unfortunately, the company did not make any comment on backwards compatibility, which is a key concern for buyers.

Analysts: PS2 Not Dropping To $99 Any Time Soon

356w ago - Analysts have agreed that we won't see the PS2 dropped to $99 in the near future in the US as the demand is still high. One analyst believes that once the PS3 it is compelling content like 'Guitar Hero' and 'Rock Band' that keeps the demand for PS2s up.

To quote: On Thursday evening, Pachter left us a voicemail, in which he said:

The real reason we haven't seen a $99 PS2 is that demand hasn't dropped enough for Sony to justify the price cut. Compelling content like 'Guitar Hero' and 'Rock Band' keeps the demand for PS2s up. I saw a 'Guitar Hero' PS2 bundle at Best Buy a couple of months ago for $189.

They're discounting 30 bucks if you buy the two together. I think games like that – that are kind of a one-off for people who haven't played a PS2 game before and will [make them] say 'Hey, I can buy a PS2, why not?' – [will help keep the price where it is.]

As long as you've got a couple hundred thousand PS2s a month selling, Sony doesn't feel compelled to make the cut. I think you will get the cut, because, frankly, Sony wants to differentiate the PS3. I think the PS3 comes down to $349, maybe $299 if they can afford it.

But they've just been selling four to five million PS2s a year in the U.S. so there's no reason to cut the price...
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