Gamers in the U.S. looking to buy a PS3 can get one a little cheaper now, thanks to a $50 price drop at GameStop. The catch however, is that the $199.99 price is for Web sales only.
The price drop has been coupled with a promotion, as those who purchase a new 160GB PS3 system at the discounted price can also get a free copy of Batman Arkham City or Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition.
It’s worth mentioning that the PS3 price change from GameStop means that it matches the cost for the 4GB Xbox 360, which is also included in the game promotion.
Earlier this month, GamesIndustry International spoke to RW Baird analyst Colin Sebastian who said that Sony should clip the price of the PS3 in order to compete with Microsoft. His comments mirrored those given to the publication by Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, who said he sees a PS3 price drop as a likely outcome at E3.
The $199.99 price for the 360 or PS3 are listed as online only. So it isn’t clear if they are to be permanently altered, or if they are just lower for the sake of the game promotion. Other retailers have not lowered their price points on the PS3 to match, so this could be a case of get it while it’s hot.
GameStop did not respond to requests for comments.