For those who still doesn't have a PS3, better get the 60gb version for $499 now. Joystiq's article about the the 60gb version WILL BE OUTPHASED & replaced by the 80gb version. This means the product is NOW DISCONTINUED (for the lack of a better term). When they're gone from retail shelves... THEY'RE GONE.
So $ony gets brownie points for lowering the PS3 to $499... yay! Oh wait, that $499 version is for the 60gb model that will no longer run in the assembly line...WTF!
That means the $499 version is to entice gamers, on buying the console, until there is nothing left... but the $599 version (affects the US market only, so far).
In the end, we're back to square one with a console costing $599, with the exception of being a 80gb model, w/ included Motorstorm game. Now really, given the other cheaper consoles out there.... is it REALLY WORTH GETTING a $599 console? If you're a casual gamer who doesn't care about blu ray or hd-dvd (which the MAJORITY still don't), and the EXISTENCE of that $249 cash cow for a plumber still very strong... is it really worth paying six hundred bucks?