Rumor: Madden Coming With PS3 Price Drop
The rumor mill is chewing on a possible price drop for the PS3 this August to kick off EA’s latest Madden game. Unnamed inside sources have indicated to Industrygamers‘ James Brightman that “industry sources indicate Sony is planning a $100 price cut on the PS3 in mid-August, just prior the launch of Madden (8/18) and the start of the back to school shopping season. This will naturally be a positive for the industry.”
Those of you holding their breath with me at the end of Sony’s E3 2009 presentation only to be disappointed shouldn’t give up on seeing a PS3 price drop this year. At least PSP fans should be getting a price break on games and just more games altogether because of the PSP development kit price break announced at the press conference.
I could be paranoid, but I suspect there may be other reasons Sony is holding firm on the price of its overly expensive gaming console.
Sony has been the one to beat in the Games Industry for over a decade. The electronics giant has had some tough times recently with the PS3 being the most expensive console out there and a bear to develop for. If Sony shaves a bit off the price, it could pay off big time.
Lately CNET, High-Def Digest, and other sources are recommending the PS3 as one of the best Blu-ray players on the market. A small voice in the back of my head keeps suggesting that’s one of the reasons why Sony isn’t overly eager to lower the price of the console since it’s already one of the least expensive Blu-ray players around. Sony wouldn’t take advantage of that despite the cost to gamers now would they…?