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a Master Ninja
for whom the Bell trolls
(03-28-2009, 11:38 PM)
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I couldn’t find any discussion on this anywhere, on NeoGAF or otherwise, so this might be a “NeoGAF Exclusive”.

I’ve looked at some advanced copies of sales flyers from major retailers in attempt to see if a PS3 price drop was really on the horizon. No real PS3 price drops, but I did discover that the Playstation 2 will see a permanent $30 price drop starting April 5th. It’s definitely not a temporary sale; every flyer I’ve seen says “price drop” or “new low price”. I suppose the timing is an attempt to steal a little thunder from the sure-to-be-huge DSi launch.

I don’t have any scans or links, which I know GAF will frown upon. The source is me. Anybody with access to retailer ads for the week of 04/05/09-04/11/09 should be able to back me up on this, though.

Anyway, it's been a long time coming.
thaOwner
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(03-28-2009, 11:40 PM)
Wait...it wasn't before ? ..wow
Himuro
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(03-28-2009, 11:40 PM)
End of an era. Farewell my sweet prince.
madmook
Admire my girth. Mmm.
(03-28-2009, 11:40 PM)
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About time... too bad everyone's already got one.
Himuro
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(03-28-2009, 11:41 PM)

Originally Posted by madmook

About time... too bad everyone's already got one.

My old roommate didn't have a ps2 until a few weeks ago when I gave him my old fat one.

He said that ps2s were too expensive.
USD
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(03-28-2009, 11:41 PM)
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I kinda want to get the newer version of the Slimline, I don't know whether I'm whore enough to buy a second PS2 though, even at $99.
blindrocket
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(03-28-2009, 11:44 PM)
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PS2 is still an awesome machine on an SDTV. I love the Slim.
Baron
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(03-28-2009, 11:44 PM)
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You know, nine years ago I swore I wouldn't buy a PS2 until the price dropped to $99. Oh how I would have been waiting forever if I had stuck to that.

Back when the Dreamcast and Gamecube systems dropped down to $99 fairly quickly, I didn't think a $99 PS2 would be that far off. I never though an eventual $99 price would take almost 10 years to reach. :P
Tylahedras
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(03-28-2009, 11:44 PM)
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It was bound to happen, the PS2 had been very strong given it's last gen status, but this last Christmas it got pounded and since then it's been way down in sales. This price drop should push the system on for another year or two and then it's dead.

Salutes*

Hopefully we'll actually see a few more good games on it before it bows out. (Eyes the 3rd party Wii exclusives.)
Stumpokapow
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(03-28-2009, 11:44 PM)
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In case anyone in Canada doesn't already have a PS2, the new price scheme up here is currently set to be $109 for a PS2, $129 for the Lego Bundle and whatever the other bundle is.
gofreak
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(03-28-2009, 11:46 PM)
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I guess this is Sony's "big announcement" next week, as per Kotaku.
Dizzan
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(03-28-2009, 11:46 PM)
So this is Sony's big price cut rumour.
somuchwater
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(03-28-2009, 11:47 PM)
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Um, did you get the link mixed up? This is from October 10, 2003. You know, SIX YEARS AGO!
DMPrince
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(03-28-2009, 11:48 PM)

Originally Posted by somuchwater

Um, did you get the link mixed up? This is from October 10, 2003. You know, SIX YEARS AGO!

i think he was trying to show that it took 6 years for the ps2 to get to $99 dollars.
MoogPaul
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(03-28-2009, 11:48 PM)
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Is there any place I can find the upgrades made in the PS2 hardware revisions? I'm trying to decide if it's finally time to get a new one.
a Master Ninja
for whom the Bell trolls
(03-28-2009, 11:48 PM)
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Originally Posted by somuchwater

Um, did you get the link mixed up? This is from October 10, 2003. You know, SIX YEARS AGO!

I can't give you a real link, I was merely pointing out that we've been waiting for this price drop to happen for a very long time.
Full Recovery
(03-28-2009, 11:50 PM)
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$99? BOMBA
Visualante
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(03-28-2009, 11:51 PM)
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Well I stand corrected. I thought they'd never do it considering the production costs of the PS2 left them with such a minimal profit margin. As the PS2 had already peaked I didn't think they'd be able to drop the price with a steadily shrinking production run. I'm sure an exec. said that they'd never do it also, because the person who buys at $99 probably won't buy many games.
somuchwater
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(03-28-2009, 11:51 PM)
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Originally Posted by a Master Ninja

I can't give you a real link, I was merely pointing out that we've been waiting for this price drop to happen for a very long time.

Ah, I see... But why did you give a date, then?

Besides, I think Sony had no reason to drop the price until this Christmas. It may seem like a long time to maintain a price point, but it's sorta' like the Wii - why drop the price when it still sells?

Anyhoo, I just hope this isn't the announcement.
krae_man
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(03-28-2009, 11:52 PM)
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Have they release the slim with an internal power supply in North America yet?
Mejilan
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(03-28-2009, 11:52 PM)
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DSi is doomed.
DMPrince
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(03-28-2009, 11:52 PM)

Originally Posted by krae_man

Have they release the slim with an internal power supply in North America yet?

I have one ^^ the silver ps2.
[Nintex]
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(03-28-2009, 11:53 PM)
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It might've been better to shave that $30 of the PS3($369 instead of $399) but I guess the PS2 will see some promotions and perhaps a nice bump. Software is on the way out though(at least in Europe) so I guess we'll have to wait and see if sales actually increase.
krae_man
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(03-28-2009, 11:53 PM)
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Originally Posted by DMPrince

I have one ^^ the silver ps2.

Does not answer my question:lol
Mindlog
(03-28-2009, 11:54 PM)
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Totally needed a Gaborn GAF News™ header.
Deku
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(03-28-2009, 11:55 PM)
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I want a $129 PS2 SE w/ HDD support and a 10 giger!
come on!
Totobeni
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(03-28-2009, 11:56 PM)
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wooohooo...time for a new PS2 .

phat PS2 return to your box my good old friend
DMPrince
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(03-28-2009, 11:57 PM)

Originally Posted by krae_man

Does not answer my question:lol

The Silver ps2 slim has the internal supply inisde ;P.

I bought it at Best buy a couple or so months ago.
badcrumble
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(03-29-2009, 01:56 AM)
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My 60GB PS3 just died. I'm hoping to get it fixed, but if that doesn't happen, this might be quite helpful.

The optimist in me hopes that PS3 firmware 2.70, set to come out (as far as anyone can tell) in a similar timeframe to this price drop, might contain limited PS2 backwards compatibility, but that's probably far, far too much to hope for.
neojubei
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(03-29-2009, 01:57 AM)
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I think I will buy a white or silver ps2 on april 5th.
user friendly
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(03-29-2009, 02:01 AM)
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Would love to see all three drop in price. That would be quite the combo.
Zoe
(03-29-2009, 02:02 AM)
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It may finally be time to replace the phatty... I was still considering HD Loader though :(
ThaiGrocer
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(03-29-2009, 02:04 AM)
...I still don't own a ps2.
colinp
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(03-29-2009, 02:05 AM)
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Originally Posted by Full Recovery

$99? BOMBA

.
faceless007
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(03-29-2009, 02:06 AM)
I might finally get one for myself. I've just been using my brother's for the last 2 years while he's away at college, and built my own library of PS2 games.
dragonflys545
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(03-29-2009, 02:07 AM)
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Still selling like hotcakes, man i have a backlog of over 200 games... Yet i play dota more than anything else on the ps2 and ps3 combine. GOD DAMIT FUCK ME!!!!
AniHawk
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(03-29-2009, 02:07 AM)
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And then there's the $80 price point and the $50 price point.

Should sell another 50m systems easy.

Anyway, I have close to sixty games for the thing. It seems crazy, but then again, it's been out for over 8 years and I keep buying new things every year.
Rpgmonkey
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(03-29-2009, 02:08 AM)
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That took forever. :P
Sgt. Killjoy
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(03-29-2009, 02:13 AM)
wow, i guess its time for me to finally get one of these. i was always waiting for $99
methane47
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(03-29-2009, 02:21 AM)
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OH SNAP!!!
Anony
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(03-29-2009, 02:22 AM)
this would have been great a year ago, i would have jumped on

i'd rather save 110+tax(13%) = ~125 cdn on a ps3 or 360
GotchaForce
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(03-29-2009, 02:23 AM)
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Originally Posted by Full Recovery

$99? BOMBA

I loled.
MikeE21286
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(03-29-2009, 02:23 AM)
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Originally Posted by a Master Ninja


I’ve looked at some advanced copies of sales flyers from major retailers

what retailer(s) did you see it at?

Could it just be a sale ?
AFreak
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(03-29-2009, 02:24 AM)

Originally Posted by dragonflys545

Still selling like hotcakes, man i have a backlog of over 200 games... Yet i play dota more than anything else on the ps2 and ps3 combine. GOD DAMIT FUCK ME!!!!

What is dota?
DogWelder
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(03-29-2009, 02:25 AM)
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Looks like this is the "thing" Sony is announcing on Tuesday.

Edit: Man I should really read threads.
Htown
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(03-29-2009, 02:26 AM)
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I may actually finally get one. there are a few PS2 exclusives I want to catch up on. You know, Shadow of the Colossus, Final Fantasy/Kingdom Hearts, the Metal Gears, that kind of thing.
GeoramA
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(03-29-2009, 02:26 AM)
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I've always wanted a slim, but my fat 50001 model still works fine. Plus I have a 60GB PS3. No need for three PS2 machines.
Barrett2
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(03-29-2009, 02:26 AM)
Maybe i'll finally pick one up. My super high tech space age PS3 is incapable of reading these 'PS2 games.'



..... no seriously, I want Persona 3
ShinoguTakeruKoeru
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(03-29-2009, 02:27 AM)
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I've still got the original model PS2 with a hard drive in it lying around in my room. I would absolutely nab the latest slim model to use alongside the Portable DVD Player's screen in my room. If this news is true, sweet.
AFreak
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(03-29-2009, 02:28 AM)

Originally Posted by lawblob

Maybe i'll finally pick one up. My super high tech space age PS3 is incapable of reading these 'PS2 games.'



..... no seriously, I want Persona 3


*Hugs 60GB*

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