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More Complaints Surround PS3 Pricing

Category: Gaming
Posted: 07:59PM

Activision, a major publisher for many games including those that are featured on the PS3 as well as other consoles, threatened Sony by stating that they would stop releasing games on the PlayStation 3 if the price was not lowered. Other companies are surely feeling this type of disgust with the pricing situation revolving around the console, though many are not coming out and stating their views on it to the public. One newly formed company, known as Tecmo Koei, however has came out and revealed that as the CEO of the company, Kenji Matsubara has asked Sony several times while meeting with the electronics manufacturer to lower the price. But it seems as if Sony does not want to listen to Tecmo Koei or any other company for the time being. While their requests are not being made into anything like Activision’s actions, the number of companies and people around the world that are upset with how high the price of the PlayStation 3 is growing, without a doubt.

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Andrewr05 on July 5, 2009 11:08PM
The second I heard about the PS3 I was extremely excited and I knew I had to have it (I'm a PlayStation fanboy and other than the Sega Genesis I've never been into any other consoles.) ------> However the second I heard about the "price" of the PS3 I knew I couldn't justify it, even though I'm a fanboy like I said it was (and still is) way too much money. --------> In my opinion even with it essentially being a bluray player (those still go for what? ~$200+) as well as a game console it is still too much for Sony to be charging...
slick2500 on July 5, 2009 11:16PM
When it first came out and Blu Ray players were $300+ dollars yeah it was justifiable paying $600 dollars for that rather than $300 for a Blu Ray then another $400 for a XBox, but now you can get an XBox and a Blu Ray for less than $300. Even tho I would never buy an Xbox, I too would love to have a PS3 but the price for even the cheepest model is way to much.
Resbang on July 6, 2009 06:27AM
Wait, did i just see someone type PS3 costs way too much, after 2 years its release? I paid 700 € for the starter pack that came with 60GB PS3, 2 controllers and 2 games. Now in 2009 the price is HALF of this, being around 350 €, so don't say that it is expensive console. When we actually look at the price difference between 360 and PS3, you are paying more for 360 than you ever will for PS3. PS3: Uses 2,5 SATA hard drive that can be upgraded like in a PC Rechargeable controllers WIFI Free online play Blu-Ray Xbox 360 Uses Hard Drives limited to 120 GB (Costs usually 130 €) Controllers use AAA batteries No internal WIFI, costs 60-80 € to buy the external one XBL costs 50 € per year Regular DVD drive Do the math.
Resbang on July 6, 2009 06:28AM
First time commenting here, post got a little messed up.
gebraset on July 6, 2009 11:30AM
Of course you end up paying more in the long run. But the average consumer never sits down and tries to justify the money being used over the lifespan of the console. They look at the market price, how much games costs, availability of popular games, and the consumer view on it. And as of right now, the Xbox 360 obviously has all those in its favor compared to the PlayStation 3. I even agree with ClayMeow, I probably would purchase the PlayStation 3 as well. But when it comes down to it, if I'm a little strapped for money, I'm going to go with whatever has the best pricing at the time. And for a while now, that's been the Xbox 360, not the PS3.
ClayMeow on July 6, 2009 07:32AM
All the consoles have their pros and cons. As a PC gamer, if I was to choose one, it'd definitely be the PS3. I understand why publishers want Sony to cut the price, and obviously consumers want price cuts for everything, but with the technology included with the PS3, I also understand why it's priced what it's priced. Sony is already taking a loss on every console it produces. Only their analysts know for sure if they'd make more money by lowering the price or not. They'd have to determine whether there will be extra game sales, and based on the cut they get, whether it'd make up for the cut in price of the hardware. Obviously, up to now, they don't feel it would justify it. With the new blockbuster titles coming soon, maybe they'll change their mind.
Andrewr05 on July 6, 2009 05:38PM
Yea you have to account for that as well (the cost benefit over xbox and that they already lose a lot per system), still coming from a cheapskate like me $399 is still too much especially considering there isn't PS2 BC anymore...
slick2500 on July 7, 2009 12:55AM
What I thought the $500 one still had backwards compatibility?
d3bruts1d on July 7, 2009 01:37AM
Nope. Only 3 models of the PS3 actually had backward compatibility. Pretty much any PS3 manufactured after 2007 doesn't have it. Easiest way to tell is to count the number of USB ports. 4 ports = PS2 backward compatible; 2 ports = you are screwed. More in @ Sony.

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