NEW PLAYSTATION 3 MODEL MISSES THE MARK
Sony officially unveiled their next PlayStation 3 model, a “super slim” PS3. The system is smaller and lighter than the existing slim PS3, and comes in two different varieties. The first model, available on September 25th, costs $269.99 and features a 250GB hard drive, a copy of Uncharted 3 GOTY edition, and access to the DUST 514 beta + $30 DLC. The second model costs $299.99 and will be coming out October 30th, featuring a 500GB hard drive and a copy of Ubisoft’s upcoming title Assassin’s Creed 3.
While touting a ligher, more efficient PS3, these new consoles miss the mark. First and foremost, Sony has missed with the prices of these new systems. With the Nintendo Wii U set to release in November for $299 and $349 respectively, depending on the model, Sony could have created a competitive advantage by pricing this new PS3 at $199. Instead, the company went with the value proposition of including Uncharted 3 and a DUST 514 beta + DLC, or Assassin’s Creed 3 with the higher-end model. While Uncharted 3 is no doubt an amazing game, it can readily be had for $29 + tax. The inclusion of a DUST 514 beta is minuscule, especially considering that the DLC being added is mainly to incentive people to purchase content. To be sure, the 500GB model does come with a brand new game, but again that $299 price point seems a bit steep, and releasing a stand alone system at $199 would have definitely created a bigger splash. Whether or not the existing PS3 models will be discounted remains to be seen, however, so there might still be a chance for Sony to implement a price cut.
Second, backwards compatibility isn’t supported with the new PS3, unlike the very first model that Sony released which allowed for backwards compatibility with PS2 games. While many PS2 classics are available for download on the PSN, the inclusion of backwards compatibility would have surely been appreciated. For people looking to purchase a new system, it will be a tough sell to convince people to pay $269-$299 for an older system, than to drop a similar $299 – $349 on new technology.
How do you feel about the new PS3 models? Do you plan on getting one, or do you feel the price is a bit too high?