Source: UK gaming site D+Pad.
What we heard: As it currently stands, Sony's PlayStation 3 is available in a $499 160GB and $399 80GB setup, each of which packs the functionality of the now-discontinued 40GB package. How or why the console has arrived at these configurations is a matter best left to an accomplished novelist. The important point to note is that, to date, Sony has only officially enacted one price cut for its flagship console, which came in August 2007.
In 2008, despite offering gamers more bang for their buck with the introduction of the aforementioned SKUs, Sony has held to its two-tiered pricing scheme. And going by Sony CEO Howard Stringer's words from August 2008, gamers can expect those fees to continue through the rest of this year.
Into the new year, however, PS3 pricing may be in for a change. Over the weekend, UK-based gaming site D+Pad reported on a number of Sony-related items allegedly leaked by an attendee of the publisher's Staff Annual Briefing in London. The conference covered a number of topics that gaming enthusiasts would fall over themselves to know, including a paraphrased quote from Sony Europe president David Reeves that the PS3 "will be getting more competitive in price from March 2009 onwards."
D+Pad's source also apparently confirmed that Media Molecule's Little Big Planet is indeed being prepped for the PSP, as is Evolution's MotorStorm. Sony's summit also contained gameplay footage of the much-anticipated God of War III ("it looked so good our source wasn't clear whether it was CGI or not!"), as well as for a sequel to Naughty Dog's Uncharted: Drake's Fortune ("Looks the same as Uncharted 1, no bad thing").
The official story: Sony had not returned requests or comment as of press time.
Bogus or not bogus?: Looking not bogus. A strong resurgence in the first part of 2008 notwithstanding, Sony is quickly giving up gains made over archrival Microsoft in the wake of the 360's price cut in September. Last month alone, the Xbox 360 outsold Sony's PS3, 371,000 units to 190,000.
Even more, the electronics giant, more so than pretty much anyone, is feeling the stiff global market conditions, making it all the more important to get as many consoles in gamers hands as possible. Obviously, a price cut is coming sometime, and it looks like the PS3's day will be sooner rather than later.