184w ago - A tipster on PlayStationLifeStyle.net (linked above) has shared pictures of a new and yet-unannounced PS3 Slim 250GB bundle which includes an HDMI cable and LittleBigPlanet Game Of The Year 'Greatest Hits' Edition for only $349.99!
Now consumers won't have to fork over more cash for a high-definition cable in order to enjoy 1080p PlayStation 3 games and Blu-ray movies, providing of course that the 6-foot HDMI cable included is long enough to suit your needs.
To quote: "As if the 250GB PS3 SKU wasn't already a great value, being only $50 more than the 120GB SKU and featuring double the HDD capacity. Now, the 250 SKU will be packed with a 6-foot HDMI cable and the Greatest Hits Game of the Year Edition of LittleBigPlanet, which is still one of the most highly-regarded titles of this generation. Here's the kicker: it's still only $349.99!
Don't believe this amazing value? We didn't either, but a PSLS faithful tipster with retail experience sent us the pictures below for confirmation!"
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The fact that the PS3 didn't come with HDMI cables is one of the reasons why I hate it. When you shell out $600 for a "high definition entertainment revolution" you expect it to come with a way to connect it to your TV. After all, the Xbox 360 at nearly half the price included component cables.
But it didn't, and I had to spend 45 minutes going back to the store, and spent $35 on a 3 foot HDMI cable. I ordered a 10ft hdmi cable for $6 shipped off ebay, and returned that overpriced cable a week later. Since the cable was $6 shipped, I know that the cost to Sony to include one couldn't be more than a dollar or two. And this was three years ago.
I always figured it was a deal Sony had with the retailers. I know that retailers pay about what I did for the cables, and then charge multiple times that to consumers with the rest being pure profit.
Maybe if Sony had included a cable from the beginning I wouldn't hate them so much, but then again, they still would have trampled on consumers rights by removing Linux.
The whole pint of NOT including the HDMI cable (or second controller or RGB cable etc.) is indeed that they cost peanuts to manufacture and Sony is making a huge profit on those.
And you need also consider that A) over 3 years ago HDMI cable were not that dirt cheap as now and B) every extra cent of the cost in the massproduction increases the overall production cost and as with every company they€d keep them to minimum