A little earlier than expected
, Sony announced
today that they've reduced the recommended retail price for the PlayStation 2 from $149.99 to $129.99/$139.99 CND. Just
as the earlier report suggested, Sony didn't opt for a more dramatic $99 price drop, instead going for a more subtle cut
ahead of this May's E3.
So, will Microsoft follow suit by cutting the price of the original Xbox from $149?
Considering the company's willingness
to leave their previous generation
console behind, we'd say the chances are unlikely. Meanwhile, the Nintendo
GameCube has been sitting pretty at a $99 price point since September 2003.
Read the relevant section of the
press release after the jump.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Lowers the Price of
Computer Entertainment System to $129.99
FOSTER CITY, Calif.,
April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. today announced that it has made its PlayStation(R)2
computer entertainment system more affordable than ever throughout North America.
consumers can purchase the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system for a suggested retail price (SRP) of
$129.99/$139.99 CND. The company expects this latest price move to fuel consumer demand even further.
PlayStation 2 is the most popular gaming platform in North America, Europe/PAL territories and
Japan/Asia, the only gaming platform to enjoy such widespread global success. To date, more than 101 million
PlayStation 2 units and approximately one billion pieces of software for the PlayStation 2 have shipped worldwide,
making it the fastest-selling gaming platform in the world.