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PS3: Most Expensive Games Console Ever?

Discussion in 'Playstation Forums' started by hughesy, Jul 6, 2005.

  1. hughesy

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    Naah! I'm sure the Neo-Geo was more than that - the games were £100+ each!!
     
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    if i remember correctly the Pad alone was £100 and the games were £150+ :eek:
     
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    why is this in the nintedo forum? :confused:
     
  5. hughesy

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    Other Consols is the only thing i can think of.

    When i started it was in the "PS2, XBOX and console...."

    Maybe they should put it in the PS2 thread, or create a thread for "future gaming???"
     
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    That price is quite phononimal :eek:

    Think I might wait for the price drop on that one £400 is a big push, but £450 ?? Their blowing bubbles, I need some money left to buy a couple of ridiculasly priced games too. Thats after saving for months

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    According to that site the price is just pure speculation. I would expect the launch price to be £399 max.
     
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    I agree it is speculation, there are few people saying it is going to be priced exactly like its predecessors i.e. £300 that is why it is said that sony will lose lots of dollors in its first year of PS3 which it might never recover but then again if sony sells its PS3 for £350 to £450 it will still lose because not many would buy PS3, Sony will lose either $s for first year or costumers for good, so I believe Sony will take its chances by pricing PS3 from £300 to £350. they wouldn't want to lose customers, definetly.
     
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    It probably will debut for 399, but it could feasably go for more initially especially if its one of the first bluray players out. Imagine the first dedicated bluray or hddvd players going for 200-300 quid, many potential early adopters may consider the ps3 relatively good value at the time. Sony will fleece early adopters to recoup as much as possible, they'll use all their advertising muscle to entice consumers. Then when initial enthusiam fails they'll cut the price to a reasonable 200-300 quid about 6-12 months later.
    Theres no way in hell i'd spend over 300 on a games machine so the 360 will have most of my attention in 2006.
     
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    Quite a few people splash out a lot on a gaming PC which in many cases is used almost solely for that purpose. £400 isn't much really - I spent that on an Amiga and that was sometime back in the late 80's (and the Amiga actually launched at £599)! OK so it's got a keyboard on it and is a home computer as opposed to a console, but virtually everyone just bought one to play games on.

    Playstation has the brand name and if it's a good enough machine then I think that it will still sell by the bucket load at £400ish. Personally i'd rather spend a bit more on a better machine especially as you are looking at a 5 year lifespan. I tend to spend a good £500 every couple of years upgrading my PC and the only reason for upgrading is to play the latest games. The internet, word etc will work fine on an old 486!

    It will be interesting to see how it pans out as whenever someone has priced fairly high in the past (Neo Geo, X-Box) they haven't really had the brand and market share to back up their price.
     
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    More into PC Gaming myself, so I won't pay more than £150 for any console. I'm prepared to wait a year or so until it get to the prices that the XBox and PS2 are now.
     
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    It's worth that price for the blu-ray player alone.
     
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    they will cost about £500 to build each system, work the rest out for yourselfs
     
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    Me too, I've still got too many unwrapped games from the current-gen!
     
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    Well, one more reason to get the xbox 360!
     
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    If you consider the first standalone Blu Ray players will likely cost around the £200 mark, then £400 for the PS3 is a bit of a steal isnt it?
     
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    I would be very surprised if stand-alone Blu-Ray players will be just £200. The main reason for Sony et al rushing to hi-def dvd is the fact that margins have completely disappeared on dvd. I doubt that the players nor the media will be cheap for at least a year or two.
    If HD-DVD wins the battle against Blu-Ray then the PS3 is doomed.
     
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    ps3's stance: all or nothing, lol
     
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    I seem to recall that when the PS2 was launched, it was £400
     
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    Nope it was launched in the US for $379 (October 2000) and in the UK for £299 (November 2000). It reduced to £269 in the June 2001 and then to £199 towards the back end of 2001.
     
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    I very much doubt that, I would have thought the first players will not be cheaper than £500 when they are first launched!
     
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    wake up ! they'll fly off the shelves even at 500 quid
     
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    What, when the 360 is selling at under £300? :rolleyes: OK some of the gaming public may be daft but i'd warrant a fair proportion of them with some degree of intellegence.

    £500 is way too high for a games console (you have to remember that the vast majority of the Playstation market are casual gamers) and it certainly will not fly off the shelves at anything like that price.
     
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    I certainly won't buy any console for more than £200. I also consider myself a massive gaming fan, and own 5 different gaming consoles ATM.
     
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    I guess that's fine if you're prepared to wait a year or so for the inevitable price drops. I must say that I prefer to get consoles when they are newish and that has always meant paying over the £200 mark.

    I expect the 360 to come out around the £250 - £300 mark considering that all other consoles (with the exception of the GC) have released around that price. I don't think that that's too much to pay though personally.
     
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    Allegedly, the 360 will release state-side for £160. If that rumour is true, I can't imagine it selling for more than £199 here, and if it does, I will import mine anyway.
     
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    £200 for a standalone Blu-Ray player, I wish!.... At the recent CES in Jan 2005, Toshiba announced that it's first standalone HD-DVD players were likely to be $1,000, ( Blu-Ray players are bound to cost a similar amount). Translate that into £'s and you're looking at £800-1,000. I have no idea what the first dvd players cost when launched in the Uk 1998, but the first dvd recorder from Phillips had an rrp price of £1,500 in 2001, (to give you an example of the cost of new technology). Blu-Ray is a brand new format with massive R&D costs that need to be recouped and Sony et al will also be looking to create new revenue streams from the format. Especially as the profits from dvd players are so slim these days due to low ratail prices.

    As for PS3, I'm probably as interested in it for Blu-Ray as for games, and therefore a £400 rrp would still be a bargain for me if you consider an XBOX 360 and standalone Blu-Ray player would cost over £1,000. Admitedly playback would be far better on a standalone player, but the PS3 would allow me to try the format until prices fall and recorders are introduced.
     
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    Even if that rumour is true then you are still looking at $280. It would be nice if things were released over here for the conversion rate price of the US items but that isn't the case. The US economy is much different - you have to look at their income and other expenses such as taxes. If the 360 comes out at $299 (which personally I think it will) then the UK launch will probably be £249 or £279.

    Importing one wouldn't really save you much as the price would translate to around £175 which when you add VAT & Import charges to comes to around £210. Then add delivery and you are looking at pretty much the price that I would say you could get a UK one for. The fact that MS are going for a worldwide launch then there will be little point importing.

    I think that the rough price scale of £250 - £300 would be excellent for the 360 and (like I mentioned above) it would tie in with all other console launch prices (bar the GC).
     
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    That is definately not the price of the X-Box 360 - this has been discussed elsewhere. Play are just covering their backs and also include a disclaimer that the price can change.

    The 360 will be somewhere in the £250 - £300 bracket IMO.
     

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