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New for PS3–Price Cut: Countdown to Never

So those rumors of a PlayStation2 price cut? True. Rumors of a similar cut for the PlayStation 3? Not so much…

Confirming recent speculation, Sony this morning said that it’s dropping the price of the PlayStation 2 from $129 to $99.99 as of April 1. “With this new price, we intend to introduce a new generation of consumers–some of whom weren’t even alive when the system was first introduced in 2000–to the immense entertainment value offered by PlayStation 2,” John Koller, Sony’s director of hardware marketing, explained in a blog post. “In the gaming industry, the typical lifecycle for a console is around five years, but because we build each of our platforms for a large and diverse consumer base, we design our platforms differently. With the original PlayStation and now PlayStation 2, we’ve proven that consumers can rely on our platforms for their gaming and entertainment needs for at least a decade.”

And that does indeed seem to be the case. Though nearly 10 years old, the PS2 remains quite popular. Indeed, Sony expects to sell eight million of the consoles in its current financial year–not so far off from the 10 million PlayStation 3s it expects to sell in the same period. And it will certainly grow in popularity at this lower price point, giving Sony (SNE) a means to really take Nintendo’s Wii to the mat.

Now, about that PlayStation 3 price cut rumor: Sony isn’t planning one, though arguably that’s exactly what the console, which is being outsold two-to-one by the Xbox 360 and the Wii, needs. “As we have stated previously, we do not have plans for a PS3 price drop, and any rumors to that effect are false and are the result of speculation,” Sony Computer Entertainment America said in a statement. “SCEA remains focused on the long-term momentum of PS3. With the industry’s best software lineup this year, combined with our most aggressive marketing campaign to date, we remain confident in our approach and the value we’re delivering with PS3.”