March 18th, 2009, 00:08 Posted By: wraggster
Two separate sources are announcing that one the one hand the PS3 is to get a $99 price cut in the USA on March 22nd in EB Games and... or that the platform will be receiving a new SKU at Target.
The first story relates to a reader of 2oldtoplay who was given information regarding a PS3 price drop in great detail by an employee of EB. The info dated the drop to March 22nd and the reader was also told that Sony would be press releasing the official confirmation... on Saturday.
The second story regards a reader of Joystiq who wandered into Target and took a photo of a 'new sku' of 80Gb PS3 with two games. Says the site, "Unfortunately, our tipster says this new bundle doesn't come with a price drop. The SKU will retail for $399, the same price as the current low-end PS3". It also due on March 29th.
If both stories are true then either EB Games is getting an exclusive price drop, or Target has been dealt out of the deal. Or... the new two-game SKU for $399 is the 'price drop'. By this we mean that, given that in the States EB retails PS3 titles at $49.99 and £59.99, Sony will call this a "value added proposition". This will be sticking to exactly the plan that SCEE President, David Reeves, outlined in December last year.
If anything gets press released by SCEA on Saturday, we expect this 'value add' to be the leader over a $99 price cut. After all, Sony has stated that it will not be cutting prices, and we would never expect a valued company such as SCEA to tell bald-faced lies.
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