Over the last couple of months, there has been a lot of speculation and rumored reports whether or not any of the three major console manufacturers would choose to drop in price this year. After all, it’s been awhile since the Microsoft Xbox 360 dropped to its latest sweet spot and that the Nintendo Wii hit the $199 floor. However, Sony’s PlayStation 3 has been sitting pretty at $299 for quite some time and has been continuing to sell well.
After the recent legal struggles with hackers around the world and the LG fiasco in Europe, you’d imagine that Sony would be absolutely crazy to throw down a price cut any time this year for its console — especially considering it just started turning a solid profit. However, if an email we received this morning is to be believed, a price cut should be expected and announced at E3 2011 for September 13th, 2011.
It’s obvious that Sony would choose an event like E3 to announce the price drop of one of its products, but we’re not too sure why September 13th is the date being given. Currently, we’re to believe that $249.99 is going to be the new pricing point for the current SKU while Sony also plans to continue to offer an upgraded HDD option for $299.99 as always.
We don’t normally report on rumors such as this one; however, considering the source has close ties with Sony and the PlayStation brand I felt it may have some merit and weight behind it. If true, you can probably expect a retaliatory price drop from Microsoft as well in order to keep a gap between the two consoles in market share.
Considering the great PlayStation 3 titles lined up for this Fall, it wouldn’t shock me if this was the best time ever to be a PlayStation 3 owner.