They said "No". Sony said that they would NOT lower the price on their gaming console to match Nintendo's Wii and Microsoft's Xbox 360 pricing. They said they would NOT make adjustments to a system that was grossly overpriced when it debuted and stayed that way as the competitors kicked its ass up and down the gaming charts. The built-in Blu-ray player made no difference to this status. People continually chose the other two systems or a standalone system or even the older (much cheaper) PS2 systems over Sony's flagship unit. This was pointed out to them many times over but they have stubbornly refused to budge. Over principle or over something else? Who knows? Who really cares?
As a consumer, I chose the systems that gave me the best bang for the buck and and the best overall experience (you know what I mean, right?). I would have bought an original 20Gb or 60GB model to get the backward-compatible Emotion engine so I could ditch our PS2 but I was not paying the ridiculous amount of money to get one when the system was released (and they are very hard to find used at a reasonable price, natch). Sony lowered the price on their system but removed the Emotion engine; too little too late.
So will the PS3 Slim finally be the unit that puts Sony in the same playing field as the Wii and the 360? I doubt it. they are still being stupid about things by no lowering the price of the 80GB and 160GB units currently on sale as they clear them out of inventory. That's both stubborn and stupid. Their reasoning? People will buy the old ones out of nostalgia or because they prefer the shape. Are you freaking kidding me?
I want a PS3 because I am a bonified geek but I do not NEED a PS3 so I, along with millions of others, can wait until Sony has a fire sale unless they get real with their pricing. Very soon.Sony officially announces $299 PS3 Slim | Crave - CNET