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Sony’s PS3 Price Discount May Have Been A Lie

When Sony announced it was discounting the PlayStation 3 by $100, it introduced a new PS3 at the old price, complete with very minor extras. The extras, which would have been a good upgrade had their been no discount, made no sense as a second option, expecially considering that Sony had said that a second option doesn’t work.

Now, it all makes sense.

Turns out Sony didn’t discount the 60-gigabyte PS3 from $600 to $500, they just discountinued it. Sony will no longer be manufacturing and selling the 60-gig in the US, but remaining stock will sell at the $500 price point. Considering how poorly the PS3 has sold, the stock may last a few months, but at the lower price, it could be gone in a matter of weeks. Either way, when the stock goes away, all that will be left? A $600 PS3.

Microsoft was smart not to discount the Xbox 360. Sony didn’t discount, it just tried to convince consumers it had done so. Microsoft doesn’t need to discount, because Sony didn’t do it either. Sony, yet again, acts disingenuous and tries to spin things instead of being honest with its users.

There’s a reason I don’t like to buy Sony products, and I never have. I didn’t buy them before I knew what the MS in MS-DOS stood for, before I like Microsoft and before they were competitors. I didn’t buy the Walkman, the Diskman, the MiniDisk, ATRAC3 products, VAIO PCs, the PlayStation, PS2, PS3, PSP, or pretty much any Sony product ever. Sony wants to be Apple, but it fails in so many ways.

Did Sony lie? Certainly they were not being honest when they announced the discount, but I’m not sure if it was an out-and-out lie. Let me know what you think.

Coverage:
GamesIndustry.biz
Gizmodo
Joystiq
Engadget

July 18th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General | 2 comments



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  1. I agree the PS3 is an absolute mess and lately Sony just seem to go against logic and sensibility.

    But Sony is an old company and has been an industry leader in many categories, making a lot of great successful products for a long time. So I dont get why youve always been against them, I dont get your reasons. They try to be like Apple, how? They make a lot more products in different categories than Apple, if anything Apple is moving to be more like Sony. And if you dont like them because of lies and dodgy business practices, then why on earth are you an MS fan which is a convicted monopolist?

    Comment by Aaron | July 19, 2007

  2. Aaron, Sony’s products are always overpriced and trying to prove themselves superior in some way, which they never are. They copy a lot of what Apple does, an emphasis on design, higher prices, exclusivity, closed formats, but where Apple succeeds, Sony fails. I stay away from them, and you know what, I stay away from Apple, too.

    MS was a convicted monopolist, just like many companies. They are different now, and it’d be hard to defend them ten years ago. Still, Microsoft cheated other companies by being overcompetitive, and only cheated customers by limiting their choices when they put other companies out of business. Sony cheats customers with ridiculous closed formats (Microsoft has done it, but they’re practically open source compared to Sony!) and lies about their competitors.

    Microsoft beat competitors by pouring money into products, Sony beats competitors by outright lying. Sony lied to beat Sega’s Dreamcast, Microsoft developed the hell out of Internet Explorer and gave it away for free to beat Netscape. I don’t think Microsoft was anywhere as bad as Sony has been.

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | July 19, 2007

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