well, the 'larger' unit won't be dropping to $300 now, will it? This would be the 'lesser' unit, the one that started at 20 gigs and $500. Dropping it from its current $400 to $300 is a lot more plausible than the 80 gig (originally 60 gig, $600...now 80 gig and $500) dropping 2 bills.
Point taken, though if they drop the 40 and not the 80, that would leave a $200 gap between the consoles. A mighty large leap with the main differences being PS2 BC, 40GB of space, and 2 USB ports (I think that's all). so if they drop one, they'll drop both.
Damn Myke, no need to be so testy. And come now, it's pretty much universally accepted at this point that the only reason Sony went with the Blu Ray player standard in the PS3 was to increase the install base and as a weapon against HD DVD. From their perspective today, it looks like the strategy worked, but it didn't do PS3 sales any favor. They would have had a much greater PS3 install base had they gone without the Blu Ray player since the cost would have been significantly (at least 20%) less.
It's not being testy, it's being honest. The games are on BD, some of the consoles come bundled with BD movies in the box...and I firmly believe that it is the consumer's fault if they buy something at all, let alone a $400+ console, without being fully informed of what it can and cannot do. The information is out there and easy to access - so how is it a "trojan horse"?
So they scored Blu Ray users at the cost of PS3 users. Could be the stings of previous format defeats pushed Sony execs a bit too much to ensure Blu Ray would emerge the victor. How much will it help them in the long term, with digital and HD download, etc.? Who knows.
I do. They still sell CDs, don't they? And they're the vast majority of all music sales, aren't they? How are we to believe that an XBLM-like service will replace BD or HD, when our cable and internet infrastructures don't allow for reliable and consistent streaming of 1080p video and lossless audio? Speaking of which, I wonder how much revenue XBLM generates. Methinks there's a reason we don't have access to that information.
As for the PSP comment, it was widely reported on gaming sites that Best Buy and possibly WalMart, at the very least, put significant pressure on Sony to cut the price since the units were sitting gathering dust. It also had a couple of pretty quick price cuts, so it wouldn't be very surprising. I'm not going to waste my time on some fact finding mission for you, you can go right ahead though and search to your heart's content.
If you don't like it chalk it up to speculation, FUD, whatever you'd like. Though I'm sure you already have.
"FUD" is grammatically incorrect in this case, and an already overused phrase. In the absence of evidence, though, speculation works.