Retail sources speaking exclusively to SPOnG have suggested that Sony is poised to slash the price of the slimline PlayStation 2 to between £60 and £70 in the UK this Christmas, provoking what could be the most bountiful holiday season for shoppers in some time.
It was also claimed that Nintendo will make a similar move with its GameCube console, backed and buoyed by the release of the new Zelda game Twilight Princess, slated for launch in late summer. Official double bundle packs featuring Resident Evil 4 and Mario Kart are also expected.
“You can expect significant reductions in the price of everything this Christmas, but most noticeable will be the PlayStation 2,” our well-placed source told SPOnG. “We’ve been briefed to expect a price as low as £60 beginning at the start of December. Sony’s probably looking at a global price cut – around $100 in the States and a serious Platinum range announcement too.”
Our source continued, "Sony is aiming for total retail dominance at the time of the [Xbox] 360 launch. It’s a spoiler move and is shaping up to be quite an effective one.”
Expect an official announcement sometime in November.