I hesitate to tell you about this, given that I haven’t yet run it by my handlers over at Microsoft, but hopefully they won’t read the site today (I can’t afford to miss out on this week’s pay off). Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that Best Buy is currently selling (
only online) a new 80GB PlayStation 3 bundled with Killzone 2 and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots for $399.99.
If I didn’t (allegedly) despise Sony and the PS3 will every ounce of my pale being (or if I didn’t receive monthly massages from Major Nelson), I’d say that this is easily the best console bundle of this generation. I’d also say that this new bundle is most likely Sony’s way of getting current PS3’s off of store shelves to make room for the new PS3 Slim expected to ship sometime next month, but I know that that would just be more confirmation of my being employed by Microsoft. So I’ll go ahead and quote CNET's David Carnoy, who said:
“The big question is whether this is part of a concerted effort by Sony to clear the channel of ‘old’ consoles to make room for the potential release of the rumored PS3 Slim, which many hope will cost $300. A recent report suggests that a new PS3 may arrive as soon as this summer.”
There is one thing worth bringing up briefly though, and that's the fact that currently, you can purchase both of these titles for around $90 (MGS4 is now $30, while KZ2 is stil $60). So if Sony does have plans to release a PS3 Slim soon, wouldn't most non-PS3 owners be more inclined to just wait another few weeks, and spend their $400 on a Slim and these two games? They've held out this long. What's another month or so? Perhaps Sony is planning to push the Slim's release until the winter sometime, in the hopes that potential PS3 owners will give in to deals, like this new bundle, in the meantime. I guess we'll know soon enough.
Either way, it looks like the next few months are going to be exciting ones for prospective PS3 owners. Praising Sony?! It burns! It burns!!
Anyone planning on picking up this new bundle? Or are you going to wait and see if anything happens on the PS3 Slim front?