I'm taking a somewhat wild guess at what kind of new model it will be. Could be wrong, but it got me thinking of the only possible model that would make sense.
Introducing..... the PS3 Small, PS3 Mini, PSTHREE, or Whatever.
- New Model will be priced at $99.99 US MSRP without that kind of deceptive payment plan the "$99" 360 has.
- New Model will drop the thing that the PS3 was initially promoted as, the Blu-Ray Optical Drive. Basically, it won't play any of your current PS3 Disc Games. Then Again, they aren't going after you with this.
- New Model will feature a minimum 160 GB Hard Drive to store PS3 and PSN Downloadable titles.
- It's main selling point is that it will be cheap for families. It would heavily promote the current (and awesome) PS3 library program for PSN Plus members. The program allows subscribers to download from a rotating assortment of PS3/PSN games and keep access to them as long as they are Plus members ($50). If I was Sony, I'd advertise the hell out of that on the box, on in-the-box pamphlets, and during the routine PS3 set-up.
- Consider this, for only $149.99 and $50/year subsequent, PS3 owners will be able to access games like InFamous 2, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, and more without costing them extra money for games. Plus they can Download other PS3 games (many are already on PSN) and regular PSN titles, PS1 classics, and available PS2 classics.
Why did I come to this conclusion?
- There is already a PS3 Slim model, is Sony (who is struggling financially) really going to dump all this R&D money into a new model that is basically the same as the current one?
- They can undercut the 360 at its own game with the magic $99 console and bring in a lot of customers with a low initial commitment, giving a huge boost in sales that could give help its stock prices.
- In order to make a big splash and change its status in the market, it would need more than $199.99 similar-modeled PS3. To do this, and maintain lower production costs and still be a PS3, they can either get rid of the hard drive or the Blu-Ray sensor. Therefore, it seems more logical for the sensor to go. Maintains its current changes with the PS Plus program.
- Finally, they've already done it before. It was called the PSP Go. Sure, that bombed, but digital download and the PSN store have come miles since then.
So, What do you think?
Edited by Fracdaddy14, 06 July 2012 - 01:07 AM.