Originally Posted by falcon2099
But as far as I've heard, the reason for the price drop is to clear all of the 60Gb versions to make way for the 80Gb versions. (I forget where, but I heard that the President of Sony Europe mentioned a 120Gb version of the PS3 sometime in 2008).
I am unsure whether or not Sony will bump the price back up when the 80Gb units go on sale or if they'll keep the price @ $500.
You heard correctly. The 60GB unit, the one that got the price drop, is discontinued everywhere
. The price drop basically amounts to a "clearance price" on hardware that Sony wants to clear out of the channel. The 80GB model remains at $600, and there are no announced plans to drop that price one penny.
Now, I agree with the analysts that believe that the 80GB will be reduced to $500 before Xmas, albeit without the bundled game. Sony has to have taken notice as to how there was a nice sales spike the moment the price dropped a little, and they will want to keep whatever momentum they may have built up by then. If the 60GB units are gone by Xmas, and the 80GB model remains at $600, then to the holiday shoppers there will have been an effective price increase
. That simply won't fly.
So the only real question for PS3 wanters is: Buy a 60GB model for $500 today, or wait until the 80GB model drops to $500?