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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...)