PS3: Disaster for Sony?

The RAM Raider lists the reasons why.

Americans should thank Sony for only charging them $600 for the PS3 instead of the ~$800 (£425) which they’re charging the Brits. Nice one, Sony!

  4 comments for “PS3: Disaster for Sony?

  1. 24 May 2006 at 13:48

    I don’t agree that a PS3 is just as an expensive as a gaming rig. I mean, if people really bought $800 PC’s for gaming (and I have), I would buy it. But they don’t, they generally spend $1,000-$2,000 or more. There’s a reason why you hear more about $5,000 power rigs than cheaper solutions.

    In one sense, Sony is right – when you add it all up the PS3 is not a bad price. High def media players will be right expensive through 2007 and when you combine that with a media center and gaming console – it’s not that bad of a deal.

    Where I don’t see eye to eye with Sony is this insistence that people really want a convergence device just as much as they wanted the PlayStation 2. I don’t think they do – they want a gaming console and it would be nice if it could do some other stuff. But many will wait for the price reductions first.

    However, all in all, I think declaring Sony’s doom is vastly underestimating their position in the world.

  2. 24 May 2006 at 16:31

    Sony’s policy on this is bizarre. It’s like saying, “We’re launching a gaming console with a relatively uninteresting game lineup and substandard controllers. It will cost half a billion dollars because we’re making it out of diamond. That may seem expensive and unattractive, but really it’s a bargain, because if you were just buying the diamond by itself it would cost you three quarters of a billion dollars.”

    Damn it, Sony, I’m willing to give Blu-Ray a try, but not if I as a consumer am expected to fork over $400 solely to buy in. It’s your format, you can damn well subsidise it yourself.

  3. lordxixor101
    25 May 2006 at 07:59

    I agreee with GregT here. This might be a fine price for everything a PS3 can do. Heck, it might be a bargain. But, even if it is, I’m not interested in buying a Blue-Ray player for quite some time. I’ll admit, my first DVD player was a PS2, so new technology outside of the video game realm, I’m not an early adopter. I want to be able to play MGS4, not watch a new movie in Blue-Ray (I don’t even have a HD tv yet to enjoy the benefits of Blue-Ray.

    So, we’ll see, but I’m guessing I’m not the only person in this boat.

  4. Franswiggidy
    26 May 2006 at 02:17

    It is my belief that Sony will loose their ass on this one. 1 their online capability is ho hum at best when compared to Xbox live. 2 their forcing a medium onto a consumer base that sees no need nor the necessity for it. Sure maybe the Japanese will by them up like gangbusters, but Sony will loose its share in the global market. They are ahead of their time. Besides when the time does come, disk space size will be a moot point, in a few years there will no longer be a need for a large storage medium as you will see more and more information large or small being stored on servers spread through out the world. It will be far cheaper to eliminate the disk all together and have direct DL’s to customers when they want it, which was yesterday for most. You see this trend predominately in the PC gaming market, with the likes of Valve and the way they are currently releasing the new instalments of HL2:aftermath. Its only a matter of time before it goes more mainstream as high speed internet access becomes more available to the public. I read a report that said that the majority of people today would happily give up their TV, and cell phones, as long as they had the internet. YOU SEE how important this medium is and its being completely overlooked by the BIG 3. Except maybe through Xbox arcade where their sales have been huge, now imagine a instead of old 8 bit games being distributed through that system mega block busters were given to us that way! Don’t forget the average age of a gamer today is 27 and I think the majority of us have creditcards. Its the future that will be, not the one Sony wants to make for us.

    Sorry for ranting but I could write a paper on the subject.

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