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Despite recent comments from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, analysts are still predicting an immanent price drop...
The ongoing speculation of a PlayStation 3 price cut continued apace today, despite remarks from SCEE in recent weeks that there are no plans to drop the price of the console.
Sourced from a research note by analysts at Janco Partners and picked up Edge Online, the latest speculation is that a PS3 price drop could come before the end of June – though in the same report, Janco's Mike Hickey comments that an announcement could come 'within days'.
"If Sony does not cut the price of their console, we expect the continuation of languishing PS3 hardware sales and the potential for publishers to accelerate their reallocation of resources away from the PS3 console."
Despite the ongoing need for a price drop, an announcement hasn't yet been made from SCE's Destination PlayStation in the US.
The Janco report also highlights the suggestion that Sony is working on a blu-ray-less PlayStation 3, which would cause a total tear in the brand's consumer base. Blu-ray has been at the heart of the PS3 strategy, and with the prices of regular blu-ray players dropping, surely that's one component that will never be removed from the console. Even a new PS3 with no optical drive and reliant on digitally downloaded titles wouldn't make sense as the internal hard disc would have to be huge, especially with games like Metal Gear Solid 4 taking full advantage of the blu-ray's 50GB storage capacity.
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