Sony’s Playstation 3 is going for as low as S$399 from today, as the electronics giant drops prices for its game console in Singapore some five years after it first hit the stores worldwide.
With the price drop, a version that comes with a 160GB hard disk will cost S$399 now, instead of the previous S$449, while the 320GB version will cost S$429, down from S$499.
While most users see the PS3 first as a game console, the price drop also makes the PS3 one of the most affordable high-end Blu-ray players out in the market.
Since its launch, it has always been a popular choice for home theatre buffs looking for fast Blu-ray disc load times and continuous updates that have added support for features like BD-Live, which lets you access added content on a Blu-ray movie online, as well as 3D movie playback.
In comparison, alternative high-end players from manufacturers like Oppo and Denon cost upwards of S$600 and guess what, they don’t even come with a free game console thrown in. Plus, the PS3 even streams movies from your NAS or PCs at home, though with a limited number of formats that excludes the popular MKV.
Still, if you are late to the Blu-ray party, the current slimline PS3, with its reduced price, is surely something to consider. Only downside is you have to control things with a PS3 controller, or fork out an additional S$30 or so for a regular-shaped remote.