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Posted 2006-05-08 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Sony has announced the price and launch date of its next-gen PS3 console. On November 17, 2006, the console will launch worldwide with a 20GB model and 60GB model, at a price of $499 USD (20GB) and $599 USD (60GB), or $549 CAD / $659 CAD (plus taxes, plus games). Far too expensive, no matter what the features are, if you ask me. I'm not kidding: I have no desire whatsoever to buy a console for that much money. For roughly the price of the high-end PS3, I could buy a Mac mini. For less than the price of the low-end PS3, I could buy a 60GB iPod. I could make two months of car-lease payments. I could buy an upgrade version of Flash 8. I could even pay for minor cosmetic dental surgery.

But buying a PS3 would just make me feel like an idiot.
 
     
 
   
 
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Comment posted by n0wak
May 9, 2006 @ 2:20 am
     
 
It's still $100 cheaper than the 3DO was at launch!!
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by gatmog
May 9, 2006 @ 8:29 am
     
 
The lower priced version doesn't come equipped with WiFi or HDMI-out, either, apparently.

I'm suprised you didn't mention the PS3's awesome, super original controller and Sony's online "strategy". From reading some debriefs of the press conference, it sounds like they were really struggling.

None of the launch titles are appealing either. I'm really impressed with the reaction of the gaming public at large on this one. They're not so eager to support a simple graphical update to the world 's best selling set-top console anymore.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
May 9, 2006 @ 8:41 am
     
 
Hmm, the 3DO died a painful death, if I recall correctly...

Gatmog, after I read the press release about the pricing, my interest in learning anything further about the PS3 was killed. I'll be surprised to see the console succeed, I think nowak's mention of the 3DO is pretty apt.

I think after the weak 360 offering (i.e. Xbox 1.5), gamers might be feeling a bit burned. The only reason I'd get one is for Xbox Live Arcade. At this point, the Wii is looking mighty attractive--was this Nintendo's strategy, or just luck?
 
     
 
     
   
 
 
     
 
     
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