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Rumor: BluRay deck to be $299 on Jan 28th


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#1 of 31 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted January 24 2008 - 04:25 AM

Unifying the PS3 to only be the 40GB model and price drop to $299...

Rumor: Best Buy dropping the 80GB PS3, it's going away altogether? - Quarter To Three Forums

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#2 of 31 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted January 24 2008 - 05:24 AM

Woops, meant to post this in hardware, thanks for the move Crawdaddy.

Engadget has more speculation:
Best Buy quitting the 80GB PS3? - Engadget

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#3 of 31 OFFLINE   Larry Sutliff

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Posted January 24 2008 - 05:30 AM

If the PS3 drops to $299, I'll just have to break down and get one.

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Posted January 24 2008 - 05:42 AM

If this does happen.....It'll be hard to pass up but I'll still wait for the BD-50 (if it's fully functional and cheap enough).

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Posted January 24 2008 - 06:21 AM

Interesting that someone over there mentioned (w/ link) that Sony is looking for engineers to work on emulation for the PS2 (and other PS formats). Maybe my PS3/40GB will eventually have some backward compatibility w/ PS2 games afterall -- not that it matters much to me since I don't have any PS2 games. Posted Image

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Posted January 24 2008 - 10:54 AM

I just ordered a 40GB PS3 yesterday. Why does this not surprise me?

I wonder if SonyStyle has a 30-day price guarantee.

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Posted January 24 2008 - 11:13 AM

BTW, Sam, why didn't you mention PS3 in the thread title? Posted Image

Unfortunately for me, even if SonyStyle has a 30-day price guarantee, I'll probably just miss the cutoff.

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Posted January 24 2008 - 11:47 AM

I plan to buy a 40gig tomorrow from BB with a 20% off coupon. Either way, I'll get the price difference being that it will drop within the next month of me buying it if it ends up less then with my coupon.
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Posted January 24 2008 - 12:09 PM

I got the Sharp player for $300 ... 6 weeks ago. Posted Image
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Posted January 24 2008 - 12:32 PM

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I plan to buy a 40gig tomorrow from BB with a 20% off coupon. Either way, I'll get the price difference being that it will drop within the next month of me buying it if it ends up less then with my coupon.

I remember reading elsewhere that the 20% of coupon excludes the PS3. Some have apparently gotten away with it but most not.

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Posted January 24 2008 - 04:52 PM

Not according to the coupon. It only states the Pioneer Elite and the XBox360 as being excluded. The PS3 is listed no where on the coupon and it does say "all" Blu-ray players. There's no grounds printed in black and white saying I can't get the PS3 at 20% off. Yeah, I'll raise hell if I need to.
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Posted January 25 2008 - 06:17 AM

I tried and tried, went all the way to the top BB guy this morning, no dice. Oh well, I still bought one. If the price cut happens I'll just bring in my receipt and get the difference. I picked up Uncharted: Drake's Fortune for my first game to play.

After talking with my bro at BB he said he's read the rumors on the price drop but nothing offical from BB. The only thing he showed me is that the free movies / games that come with the PS3's are getting pulled out.
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Posted January 25 2008 - 07:42 AM

It was worth a shot but videogame console margins are pretty low (probably $15-$30) so ain't no way they were going to lose $80 on a 40GB PS3.
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#14 of 31 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted January 26 2008 - 12:46 AM

its official that they dropped the eighty but no word on the price drop yet. Monday should be interesting!

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Posted January 26 2008 - 09:18 AM

Sony, right now, is having a wonderful time. It used the Trojan Horse strategy to put millions of Blu-ray players into homes by riding on the wave of their new gaming system. Now it is reversed. The PS3 is the least expensive full profile Blu-ray player on the market and probably will be for the next 6 to 12 months. Their getting their gaming machine into peoples homes because it is the best bang-for-your-buck Blu-ray player. It's two for one for Sony.
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Posted January 26 2008 - 10:16 AM

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I tried and tried, went all the way to the top BB guy this morning, no dice. Oh well, I still bought one. If the price cut happens I'll just bring in my receipt and get the difference. I picked up Uncharted: Drake's Fortune for my first game to play.

Is Uncharted: Drake's Fortune really that much fun (and is it 1080i/p)? I think Crawdaddy(?) or some other mod mentioned it before as the only game he plays on his PS3. Maybe I'll actually give it a try at some point. I only bought the PotC 3 game for my son as sort of a token (1080i/p) game for our PS3 -- the family still mainly plays the old XBox in general though I rarely touch it myself.

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Posted January 26 2008 - 11:10 AM

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It was worth a shot but videogame console margins are pretty low (probably $15-$30) so ain't no way they were going to lose $80 on a 40GB PS3.

Lower than that. They sell them for no (or next to no) profit since they make the $$ on games and accessories.

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Posted January 26 2008 - 11:16 AM

I know the 40 gig PS3 doesn't have the PS2 hardware chip like the 60 gig did, but what about software emulation for PS2 games?

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Posted January 26 2008 - 01:11 PM

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I know the 40 gig PS3 doesn't have the PS2 hardware chip like the 60 gig did, but what about software emulation for PS2 games?

The original PS3s essentially had PS2s built into them. They had both the PS2's processor and graphics chip for backwards compatibility. The current BC models dropped the processor and made up for it with software emulation, but they still have the graphics chip. The 40gig has neither pieces of hardware.

It's suggested that Sony could emulate both for full software compatibility, but it would very difficult. Anything is possible though, and it is known that Sony is currently hiring "Compatibility Engineers" for the PS3--whatever that means.
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Posted January 26 2008 - 03:18 PM

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BTW, Sam, why didn't you mention PS3 in the thread title?

I actually wanted to put 'The Best' BluRay Deck in the title but figured that would stir things up more than my amusement was worth =)

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