Curmudgeon Gamer
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20 April 2006
Cheaper PS2 - for whom?
Seriously, who is going to buy a $129 PlayStation 2 that doesn't already have one? I can't imagine that this is aimed at new owners, since the price difference just isn't big enough. Maybe there's some market research out that that says there are millions of potential buyers right below the $130 barrier, but I would need to see it to believe it.

Insteady, Sony's going for second-time buyers. Back in 1999 or so, Sony started making noises that they were going to price the PSOne (then called just the PlayStation) so that current owners would buy a second console. A family of four that plays games might want one console in the living room, one in the kids' room, and one in the parents' room.

I'd like to know how well that idea worked out, but I've never read a followup anywhere.

This sounds to me like the same idea, only for the next generation. It kind of makes more sense this time: original generation PSOne owners are now 10 years older, and far more likely to have homes and families. But I'd like to see Sony also sweeten the software market a bit with some $10 classics. It'd certainly make it an easier sell to someone like me if you could pitch the new price as "PlayStation and two [good] games".
--Matt Matthews at 09:30
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Hey. I recently bought a new playstation =P

I travel a lot, and the slimline is a lot more convenient to carry around, and also my friend who's been a gamer all his life but has never owned a console(!) really needed to own a PS2, so I donated my old one to him.

By Anonymous adrian, at 20 April, 2006 13:37  

I'm very disappointed by this price cut, because I'd hoped it would go lower. But there's still time until the PS3, maybe there'll be another one... See, I really don't have much money at all. I've got a Gamecube, and am somewhat dreading the day I'll need to shell out the cash for the Revolution just because the industry is obsessed with the appearance of progress. But there are some games I regret not being able to play: Metal Gear Solid, Ico, Katamari Damacy. I've been hoping for an under-$100 price, so that I could finally buy these games. Otherwise, I never will get to play them. That's how it's looking.

By Blogger Mory, at 20 April, 2006 16:25  

I might, for one. $129 is a bit better than $149 after all. I still probably won't be getting one soon since I won't have any income this summer.

Hey, I gotta do SOMETHING with Katamari Damacy other than watch it collect dust in my game box.

By Blogger JohnH, at 20 April, 2006 17:32  

My parents are visiting today and I walked into their hotel room, which was recently renovated, and it has an N64 built into the entertainment console. An N64 is, what, ten y ears old at this point?

Anyway, when I was a kid my parents never bought me a NES, it was too expensive for them. Pricepoints are one thing for hardcore gamers, and quite another thing for parents of hardcore gamers.


By Blogger Michael, at 20 April, 2006 23:50  

My parents never bought me any game system, period. Ruffin says that explains a lot.

(They did give me the Commodore 64 from my father's office when he upgraded to a Commodore 128...)

By Blogger jvm, at 20 April, 2006 23:53  

Can someone please explain the difference between "price" and "price point" to me?

By Blogger rufbo, at 21 April, 2006 11:42  

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