Rumour: French catalogue says new PS3 price is €299 [Update]

Friday, 14th August 2009 09:39 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Right. Bear in mind this could be a complete lie. A catalogue page from French retailer Carrefour has apparently confirmed a new PS3 price of €299, effective as of September 1.

You can see all the scans on

The text above the machine says “nouvelle console, nouvelle prix” – “new console, new price” – but the model appears to be the current chassis.

That price equates to £258.

Remember: it could be bollocks. Sony’s GamesCom presser takes place in Cologne next Tuesday.

Thanks GAF and Blerk.

Update: SCEE just got back with, “I’m afraid I can’t make any comment on that.”



  1. ChrisPilote

    Well, because of this advertisement, they have to sell the ps3 for 299€ starting September the 1st no matter what. So they probably know what they are doing.

    #1 5 years ago

    Looks real to me.

    #2 5 years ago


    That’s like £40 off then eh?

    Not sure if that’ll be enough.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Robster1979

    THey are still knocking out the old one on the website

    The flyer does look real tho, only slightly odd thing is the picture.
    Why would you say “new console, new price” then show the old one? (probably cos they dont have a pic of the new one I hear yous say)

    #4 5 years ago

    Maybe that IS a picture of the slim.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Jadeskye

    Thats about the price point i expect so i’m inclined to believe that.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. lk

    carrefour was already selling ps3s for 299 in spain last month. 40 gig, mind you.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. DrDamn

    I think that still leaves the UK price up in the air a bit. You can look at it a number of ways but £40 off is the most pessimistic. E.g. They are taking €100 off the European price and that would equate to a UK price of £220-ish. Or you can think of a reduction of 25% which would take the UK price to £225.

    The price reduction is an impact thing – so current exchange rates are not the only factor. As G1GA says £40 off is not enough.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Blerk

    At current exchange rate, 299 euros is £258. My £249 guess appears to be safe.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Aimless

    I’d say the smart thing for Sony to do would be to package a PS3 and two recent first-party games for £249, standalone units selling for £199. They could then advertise the machine as “available from £199″, which breaks a psychological barrier, but not distribute that many unbundled consoles so they’re relatively hard to get a hold of.

    Basically I’d expect them to make a loss on hardware selling for £199, but throwing in two first-party games would cost them next to nothing whilst allowing them to up the price in the name of ‘value’. In terms of highstreet software prices it would actually be a good deal, too; more savvy consumers would hold out for a standalone unit and get the games on the cheap.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. freedoms_stain

    That’s still more expensive than a 360 Elite, and there are rumours abound that the Elite is going to take a price tumble.

    I don’t think it’s good enough Sony.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Blerk

    But the PS3 has wireless and Blu-Ray! And PSP link-up! :-)

    #12 5 years ago
  13. freedoms_stain

    If only people cared about those.

    Wireless maybe.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Robo_1

    I think it’s more the free online that’s the biggest differentiator. I know a lot of people don’t like being tied to a subscription service, and if any 360 customer ever decides to stop paying for Live, then they’ve lost the online component of every game they’ve ever bought.

    It’s not something Sony shout about loud enough IMO, as after a couple of years of paying for Live, the price difference is made up by that alone. I know it’s the biggest reason I’m willing to take a slight performance hit on multiplat games, and go for the PS3 version every time… that and I’m a trophy whore :)

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Aimless

    To be honest I don’t think the price of the 360 is that much of a concern. You’ve been able to get an Arcade for around £100 for ages, so I’d be surprised if the price of the machine has been putting off that many potential customers — or at least any that are going to make Microsoft money through software sales and the Marketplace.

    With the PS3 the price has very much been made out to be a barrier, so they’ve a lot more to gain from dropping it. I always see people that already own 360s saying they’d be interested in picking up a PS3 for the exclusives if it was cheaper, and outside that hobbyist market you have the more casual, “I want a Blu-ray player so I might as well get a PS3 for FIFA/Call of Duty” demographic.

    I don’t expect the PS3 to suddenly overtake the 360 in terms of worldwide sales, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to tempt those on the fence.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Spiral

    It’s all very exciting. I can’t wait till Tuesday.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Blerk

    Knowing Sony the full thing will leak sometime over the weekend. :-D

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Oh Lord……when will Sony just make an official statement already….

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Patrick Garratt

    SCEE just got back to me. Updated. Brace yourselves.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Syrok

    /is shocked

    #20 5 years ago
  21. deanimate

    Bang it down to 200 nuggets and I’ll get one when I get a job that isn’t shit.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. No_PUDding

    What’s 299 Euros?

    So it’s like £250 here?

    That’s shit, but pretty much expected. A huge price drop will cuase only one spike, whereas two price drops will cause two.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Syrok

    I consider €100 off a huge price cut. 25% off the current price sound good to me, especially if it’s bundled with a game.

    But all that doesn’t matter to me anyway as I paid €600…


    #23 5 years ago
  24. No_PUDding

    These PR people are fuckign clueless.
    Just deny everything, until there’s a Press Release/official announcement.


    #24 5 years ago
  25. Withnail

    25% price cut to £229/€299 seems about right. Exchange rates don’t really come into it. They tend to change much more often than the PS3 price does.

    #25 5 years ago

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