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    PS3 is in "prime time", no plans to cut price this year

    As the PlayStation 4 looms ever larger on the horizon, Sony has said the ageing PlayStation 3 is in "prime time".

    This November the PS3 will be six years old, and reports indicate next year Sony will release its successor, the PS4, into the wild.

    That may be cause for some non-PS3 owners to feel it better to wait for the PS4. But according to Sony Worldwide Studios chief Shuhei Yoshida, there has never been a better time to jump in.

    "PS3 is I think in prime time," he said. "It's a great time for consumers to look at purchasing PS3 this year. There are a variety of games coming out and new and exciting games coming out next year.

    "At the same time the library of games we are able to offer at a very affordable price - we just announced the Essentials line in Europe. So, for the budget conscious consumer it's a perfect new platform to join this Christmas."

    But what of those who already own a PS3? Yoshida pointed to Naughty Dog stunner The Last of Us and David Cage thriller Beyond as examples of the kind of games that prove Sony is prepared to invest in eye-catching PS3 exclusives even at this late stage in the console's life.

    "For people who own PS3, rest assured new content is still coming," he said. "Games like Last of Us and Beyond look amazing compared to the early PS3 titles. There's still something surprising happening on the platform."

    Typically, consoles sell most towards the end of their lifecycles when the price is at its lowest.

    The PS3 super slim - perhaps the worst-kept secret in the industry - looks set for a Tokyo Game Show announcement, although Yoshida refused to be drawn on it when quizzed by Eurogamer. "That's a rumour," he said. "There are lots of different kinds of rumours on the internet."

    We've heard that Sony will cut the price of the PS3 this year, but Yoshida said he was happy with the current price.

    "We are very happy with where we are in terms of PS3: the services, games and the pricing included," Yoshida said. "So, there's no plan for any change we can talk about."
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    "We are very happy with where we are in terms of PS3: the services, games and the pricing included," Yoshida said. "So, there's no plan for any change we can talk about."
    Most important part. TGS is still to come.

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    Yep, they'll say that anyway. I'm sure they'll announce the slimmer at TGS and release it within weeks before Wii U.
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    I want Naughty Dog to explore new game genres, not regurgitate cinematic corridor shooters for another generation.

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    Price cut is imminent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronSOLDIER View Post
    Yep, they'll say that anyway. I'm sure they'll announce the slimmer at TGS and release it within weeks before Wii U.
    Yea that's not gonna happen lol

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    A price cut is always welcome but the price is good for the entertainment the system offers. Its a far cry from the 600+ I paid at launch.

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    Yea that's not gonna happen lol

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    Proof? I'll make a ban bet that they do it.
    Quote Originally Posted by BigDug13
    I want Naughty Dog to explore new game genres, not regurgitate cinematic corridor shooters for another generation.

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    The PS3 is in it's prime? That can be argued lol

    I am 32yrs old, according to Sony, I am in my prime lol. (for those that do not know what age is considered "being in your prime", it would be 25yrs old.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronSOLDIER View Post
    Proof? I'll make a ban bet that they do it.
    Proof? Do u have proof they are going to announce it? Or is it speculation ur basing this on?



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    It's cheaper than ever and has a new model and price point rumored, is putting it's best content out in bargain bundles and has 5 new IPs in the works. I'd say things are looking reasonable healthy.

    I'd say it's in it's prime, it's in that GoW2/MGS3/ZoE2/Okami phase equivalent of last gen where it's games are really shining now Sony's devs get the tech better.

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    Its 229 at best buy with one controller 160gb

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost-Rhayne View Post
    It's cheaper than ever and has a new model and price point rumored, is putting it's best content out in bargain bundles and has 5 new IPs in the works. I'd say things are looking reasonable healthy.

    I'd say it's in it's prime, it's in that GoW2/MGS3/ZoE2/Okami phase equivalent of last gen where it's games are really shining now Sony's devs get the tech better.
    Definately..my ps3 library is creeping up on my ps2 titles. Plenty to play and worth every penny. Will be supporting the platform well after next Gen drops.

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    July 2008: PlayStation 3 is "hitting its stride".

    June 2011: PlayStation 3 is "only just now hitting its stride".

    August 2012: PlayStation 3 is "in prime time".

    That was one long stride, but we're finally there! Wooooooooooh!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeviousOne View Post
    Proof? Do u have proof they are going to announce it? Or is it speculation ur basing this on?



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    I said 'I'm sure', as in I'm confident they will, never passed it on as fact.

    It makes perfect business sense to try and pull away as much attention as possible from the competition, so yes, I'm pretty sure Sony will be doing it, and wouldn't be surprised if MS did something too.
    Quote Originally Posted by BigDug13
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    Sony said they are happy with Vita sales too and always say theyre happy with PS3 sales even when they were talking about NPD numbers when they were getting curb stomped back in the day so this is just more PR to be taken with a huge grain of salt. If anything these kind of statements (like "prime time") kind of make me think PS4 will launch at least a year after the next Xbox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronSOLDIER View Post
    I said 'I'm sure', as in I'm confident they will, never passed it on as fact.

    It makes perfect business sense to try and pull away as much attention as possible from the competition, so yes, I'm pretty sure Sony will be doing it, and wouldn't be surprised if MS did something too.
    Cmon bro when was the last time sony had any business sense? Lol

    Never said u passed anything as fact I inquired what were you basing it on. If its business sense....then I wouldn't feel safe placing that bet lol

    As I do agree with you it makes sense and rumors support it until it happens its just that rumors...

    If sony was getting it right with the Vita I'd be more incline to believe it based on history of the video game industry I just don't see it happening which sucks cause I would like a new ps3 for my spare room in my house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by radgamer420 View Post
    Sony said they are happy with Vita sales too and always say theyre happy with PS3 sales even when they were talking about NPD numbers when they were getting curb stomped back in the day so this is just more PR to be taken with a huge grain of salt. If anything these kind of statements (like "prime time") kind of make me think PS4 will launch at least a year after the next Xbox.
    Sony can't afford a year head start to nextbox....





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    Quote Originally Posted by DeviousOne View Post
    Sony can't afford a year head start to nextbox.... Sent from my BlackBerry 9900 using Tapatalk
    I agree but they may not have a choice or they might have to release a console that isnt as beefy as it would have been otherwise. Theyre in the midst of trying to regain profitability and already have a new platform (the Vita) on the market thats struggling. So if Sony is forced to launch alongside the next Xbox they most likely are going to try to minimize their PS4 investment and production costs as much as they can. Theyre already looking at ways of cutting production costs on the Vita. Time will tell I guess.

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    That's true if sony is going to give a year head start they better launch with a handful of AAA first party titles like GT6, new god of war ect... They can't stumble out the gates with PS4

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    They've pretty much already got all the big devs working on it now it seems (Santa Monica, Polyphony Digital, Guerrilla Games etc.), all have unknown projects in the works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by radgamer420 View Post
    Sony said they are happy with Vita sales too and always say theyre happy with PS3 sales even when they were talking about NPD numbers when they were getting curb stomped back in the day so this is just more PR to be taken with a huge grain of salt. If anything these kind of statements (like "prime time") kind of make me think PS4 will launch at least a year after the next Xbox.
    “PSPgo has performed in line with our expectations, driving 100 per cent incremental volume for the category and has benefited the broad PSP portfolio with PSP-3000 also enjoying a big lift,” outlined SCEE in a statement."

    http://www.thetechherald.com/article...icepoint/7849/

    "Sony Kills the PSP Go"

    http://techie-buzz.com/gadgets-news/...ls-psp-go.html

    Believe me people. Sony and MS say this stuff to HIDE stuff. Hide price drops, hide new releases, hide hide. It's all about timing, marketing, competition and strategy. NO PLAN is a scape goat. This way you can't say they lied.

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    i really hope they drop the price jus ta little or make some really good bundles. i cant belive i will have the ps3 for 6 years allready.
    i got mine on launch day nov 24.06 i think it was it was a lot of beers ago lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeviousOne View Post
    Sony can't afford a year head start to nextbox....





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    That is debatable, I know ya thinking " what about this gen"
    But it really does depend on what both companies being to the table
    If MS goes cruising into nextgen with their guard down Sony can do last minute strategic changes, its also helps with pricing and expectations
    Which before you say "but PS3" Sony was in their own world there
    This time they know MS is a threat, and it would be foolish for MS to underestimate Sony
    Same with Sony, if MS being their A game Sony better be ready to get that machine out the gate within 6 months, thats if MS releases before Sony
    And Sony needs to make sure that through the whole time Nextbox is on the market on its own, that the PS4 is in always in the news, and I mean good news
    People want to hear what are the benefits, they want to hear the press say" miss Nextbox, this is better", and most importantly they need to get in with the devs so that when MS calls they get a "sorry we are currently in talks with Sony"
    Thou if they dont and just do what they did this gen, then yeah it will cost them dearly

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    usually everything sony says is the opposite of what they actually do. every time they have said "no price drop this year" there has always been a price drop. Everytime they said "we have an AWESOME announcement to make in two days" it wasn't awesome, it sucked. every time every time etc etc etc it goes on and on. This company says one thing and does another, it has this entire gen. so if Sony is now saying there isn't going to be a price cut, that is basically them saying there is going to be a price cut.

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    The PS3 is in prime time for sure. It's time for Sony to start the show.

    2013 is going to be one of the best gaming years ever thanks to Sony's black box.


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