Developers, analyst predict $500 price tag for PlayStation 3: Some speculation here about where the PS3 will slot in terms of price. I personally think $500 is ridiculous for a video game machine, but it is packing some high-tech junk.
The strongest argument behind the $499 price point is the PS3’s inclusion of a Blu-Ray drive. This bleeding edge technology will give Sony (Research) significant bragging rights, but it comes at a cost. Pioneer last week at the Consumer Electronics Show unveiled a standalone Blu-Ray player for $1,800.