I agree with your final assessment Mr. Quiet. I believe that they are just trying to get the consumers back on their side. Sony fanboys may be loyal, but the original price was far to lofty even for the most devout.
Many people will more than likely get a new "slim" version, only for the low price mind you. But Sony will also probably hope to sell software.
I might, and that is big might, buy one. One reason is the upcoming game "The Last Guardian."
SO.....that was a boring and horridly written on my part...sorry.