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Old 11-20-05, 04:49 PM
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So will the Playstation 3 be cheaper than the XB360 when its released?

I dont plan on getting the 360 as I didnt even own the first XB, but the PS3 is what I want. However, having played the 360 its just fucking sweet and Im very tempted to get it. The only thing is the price for the premium package.

I wouldnt mind getting the 360, but the PS3 would probably be better in the long run. providing its well priced. Anyone head any mumblings on it? I heard $299 but I have no idea if thats a premium package or what.
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Old 11-20-05, 04:56 PM
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My guess is that the PS3 will retail between $400 and $500. I would be very surprised if it came out at less than $400. Supposedly, the Cell processor and of course Blu-Ray are very new technologies, so they are going to be expensive.

I also don't think that Sony will release "core" and "premium" packages like Microsoft did. Microsoft only did that because that way they can say they launched at $300, and it wouldn't be a lie. Anyone with half a brain though will not buy a "core" package.

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Old 11-20-05, 04:59 PM
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If it's priced between 400 and 500, there's no way in hell I'll be getting a PS3 when it launches. It's looking more likely that if I do get a launch console, it'll be a Revolution.
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Originally Posted by Ravenous
I dont plan on getting the 360 as I didnt even own the first XB, but the PS3 is what I want. However, having played the 360 its just fucking sweet and Im very tempted to get it. The only thing is the price for the premium package.

I wouldnt mind getting the 360, but the PS3 would probably be better in the long run. providing its well priced. Anyone head any mumblings on it? I heard $299 but I have no idea if thats a premium package or what.
No way!!! If Sony includes a Blu Ray Drive I expect the price to be $500 or higher. It depends on the intro price of Blu ray drives. I plan on taking a wait and see stand on this console.
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I think it will depend on how well the XBox360 sells. If the $400 xboxes are selling well, the PS3 will probably go for that much.

Remember that Nintendo's the only company that tries to make money selling their consoles. So it's not how much the console costs to make but how much customers are willing to play.
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Old 11-20-05, 05:24 PM
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While no one knows for sure, all indications are that the PS3 will be more expensive than even the Xbox 360 premium package. Whatever the price, the Sony (over) hype machine will manage to convince people to buy it though.
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Sony can't lose too much money on the systems at launch , and the bluray drive costs around $115 for themselves so the cost to the consumer I believe will be in the 500 dollar range..

and.. yea .. the hype machine is allready churing (sp). I have many customers comming in saying that it is going to be 10times more powerful, HD gaming, its a playstation, the MGS video,all this power... then they ask for an RF adaptor for their ps2.

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I think it will launch at $399. Only way it's cheaper is if they opt to make a cheaper no blu-ray version, and just have all the games on standard DVDs. But I don't see that happening as they want to push blu-ray players into homes.
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Its not going to be more than $399 - thats pretty much all we know.
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Sony has been taking out things from the early design ... so maybe 400 bucks is do-able. I still see a 500 buck pricetag something they could do.
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damn no parents are gonna spend 500 bucks for their kids on a system. At least my parents never would have, even if they had the money
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I'd bet it will be $399 at launch.

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I think a lot will depend on the success/failure of the Xbox360.
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Old 11-20-05, 07:56 PM
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$399 at the absolute cheapest...too much tech for a sub $300 price tag.
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Originally Posted by joshd2012
Its not going to be more than $399 - thats pretty much all we know.
We don't know that AT ALL. And the smart money is on the system being MORE THAN $400. I have heard rumors of up to $700. It used to be said that the early HD-DVD players would be close to $1000, as was very early dvd players, dvhs players, and HD TIVOs at launch.

I'd bet definitely less than $700, but I would be thrilled with a $500 price point. I'd be shocked at $399.
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I'm hoping for $400, but we don't know. I read that Sony execs said "It will be expensive. It should be something that makes one say 'I will work harder to save for one of those'" , or something like that. Not very encouraging for the budget-minded among us.
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i think they'll look at how the 360 faired with their pricing strategy. If the CORE fails, as i'm sure it will, Sony will offer only one version of the PS3. I'm hoping for a 300-400 pricetag as thats as much i'll spend on it. If MGS4 launched with it though (it won't) i'd probably go up to 500. I think the BR drive is the thing holding it up and will jack up the price. But if it is $500, the 360 will probably be in the $300 range and take alot of its customers. If they launch at $300 i'd be somewhat surprised, but it'd pretty much knock any momentum the 360 had out of it.
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Originally Posted by johnglad
We don't know that AT ALL. And the smart money is on the system being MORE THAN $400. I have heard rumors of up to $700. It used to be said that the early HD-DVD players would be close to $1000, as was very early dvd players, dvhs players, and HD TIVOs at launch.

I'd bet definitely less than $700, but I would be thrilled with a $500 price point. I'd be shocked at $399.
"The first HD player will be on the market for USD 1,000. PS3 could be at USD 300 or USD 400. Sony will be selling them at a loss the first six months to a year just to get Blu-Ray players out in the market." - Sony CEO Howard Stringer

This is the only official talk about the price of the PS3 from a Sony exec. Its the only thing we know for sure. Everything else is just speculation.
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That statement may be official and from the CEO, but it tells us nothing.
Notice the "could be" in that statement. Also, the real question is "How much for the whole package?" Will $400 get you a hard-drive? Will it get you a working remote with all functions for your blu-ray player? Will the controllers all be wireless? Will it include internet accounts for online games? We are talking about a video game player, blu-ray player and possibly 2 1080p outputs with HDMI. Certainly 1 HDMI output at 1080p. I'll bet it doesn't come with an HDMI cable (there is another $50-$100 for many people).
Microsoft is taking a loss on the xbox 360 at $400. Sony would have to take even more of a loss on this bad boy even at $500. People paid $300 for the ORIGINAL Playstation at lauch in like 1994. Or $200+ for an Atari in the 1970s. $500 for a ps3 and they would still sell like hotcakes. The price always goes down, so lauch will be the most expensive it will ever be. I'd still be happy at $500, but it is a purchase for me (as well as many others) if they put out a great package with all the features they are discussing at anything less than $1000. This isn't your grand-dads video game system and high definition gaming is currently very pricey.

Not to mention that if you don't have a high definition TV in your house, no one should be spending money on a ps3 or an xbox 360. The HDTV should come first without a doubt IMHO.

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"The first HD player will be on the market for USD 1,000. PS3 could be at USD 300 or USD 400. Sony will be selling them at a loss the first six months to a year just to get Blu-Ray players out in the market." - Sony CEO Howard Stringer
Sounds like Mr. Stringer is dreaming. He probably doesn't have a clue what the price will be.
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Old 11-20-05, 09:25 PM
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They could pull an MS and go $400 for a barebones version and $500 for the deluxe version. Or just charge $500 right out of the gate.

Either way Ravenous , the Xbox Premium will probably be $300 by the time the PS3 comes out so you should factor that into the equation. Look for the graphics to be virtually the same.
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damn no parents are gonna spend 500 bucks for their kids on a system. At least my parents never would have, even if they had the money
I agree. How many kids' parents are going to shell out almost $600 so their kid can play a game?
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I agree. How many kids' parents are going to shell out almost $600 so their kid can play a game?
Hell how many grown folks will...ok, a lot, but I'm certainly not going to be one of them. $300 seemed like a hell of a lot for a system when the PS2 and X-Box came out, $400 -$500 + games? Catch me after a price cut.

One great thing about waiting is not only will the system be cheaper but their will be a plethora of greatest hits type games out there for buying.
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I love how whenever the mention of pricing comes up, everyone turns into an inside source at Sony. Look, the truth is nobody knows what the price will be and anyone who claims otherwise is a fucking retard.

Furthermore, anyone who speculates that Sony would release a console for more than $400 is either a) just now getting into the videogaming scene and has no idea what a PS1, PS2, or PSP is or b) a fucking troll looking for attention.

I'm not sure why everyone thinks Sony is going to try to change the videogaming industry. Selling a PS3 at a huge discount is already something which has been accepted. It was done with the PS2 and PSP, and it will happen again. So stop speculating at a price that you can have no idea what it is. Anyone who followed the 360 launch should have already learned that nothing is certain when talking about money.
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Originally Posted by johnglad
We don't know that AT ALL. And the smart money is on the system being MORE THAN $400. I have heard rumors of up to $700. It used to be said that the early HD-DVD players would be close to $1000, as was very early dvd players, dvhs players, and HD TIVOs at launch.

I'd bet definitely less than $700, but I would be thrilled with a $500 price point. I'd be shocked at $399.
I think you're going to end up being shocked then, and that's a good thing

$700 isn't going to happen, it'd be 3DO comparison central. And I highly doubt
they'd give Microsoft a freebie as far as being able to tout that their system
is more affordable (can you imagine the marketing). I believe that even with
the Blu-ray it'll launch for no more than the Xbox 360. They'll take the hit
knowing that in the end they'll slaughter the competition due to their
having a more powerful machine, better Japanese support as far as game
development and the fact that they'll be getting Blu-ray into a lot of houses
that they otherwise wouldn't (just like the PS2 sales in Japan, folks over
there were buying them not only as game machines, but as DVD players as
it was more affordable than the standalone units).

The losses in one department will be made up in others. It may take a little
time, but it'll happen. Look at UMD sales and how those took off like no one
could have imagined, now how many Blu-ray discs do you think they'll sell.
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