While a lot of people want to throw the PS4 in with the rumors and speculation about Microsoft’s new Xbox, Sony isn’t having any of that. Such is demonstrated with the rumored “super slim” PS3 that’s on the way. It will reportedly have Bluetooth and 802.11b/g, and will come in models all the way up to 500 GB. It’s also believed to be priced at around $150.
It could very well be Sony’s way of saying that its console is still alive and kicking, and that gamers should not begin thinking about the PS4. “A dramatic price reduction to $150 for PS3 would be terrific for Sony and for the industry overall. A value-priced PS3 could rapidly increase the base and would free up more consumer revenue for higher software sales volume,” said Pidgeon.
Of course, very few details about the PS3 successor are known at this point. Frankly, it’s kind of hard to figure out what to make of the state of the gaming industry right now. “Microsoft is less likely to reduce console prices this year with already strong hardware sales and Halo 4 coming out in Q4, but should Sony price PS3 at $150 this year, Microsoft could see stronger incentive to cut Xbox 360 prices sooner in retaliation,” Pidgeon said.