Sony defends PS3

By Derek Sooman on June 29, 2006, 7:29 AM
The official PlayStation 3 website is now online with all the information Sony wants you to know about the PlayStation 3 in a one-stop location. A little thin on content at present, the site does offer some pics of the new console and some tech specs as well.

Meanwhile, Sony has released information that indicates that games for the next generation console will cost $59 on the high end to $39 on the low end. However, there are rumours around that some games for the next-generation system could be priced higher than the $59.99 point. Critics of the console are likely to regard this as fresh ammunition, but it seems doubtful that prices will be much higher than those expected.

"So, what I can say now is, I think it would be a bit of a stretch to think that we could suddenly turn around and say "PS3 games now $99.99" I don't think the consumers expect the software pricing to suddenly be double," Hirai told Playstation Magazine.
Meanwhile, Sony has been defending the high price of the Blu-ray enabled PlayStation 3. Sony CEO Howard Stringer claims that whilst the price is high ($499 and $599 models will be available) what the consumer is paying for is potential. He also made mention of the high specs of the consoles, and that the pricier $599 version features a larger hard drive and full 1080p-capable HDMI outputs. Nevertheless, the hefty price tag may put many consumers off. We shall see.




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Berserk_Fury said:
People should stop complaining about prices of the PS3. I mean look back to the NES and the SNES. Those systems did extremely well. The prices of them back then were between $200 and $300, but if you convert it to current money, they are exactly around the PS3's price of $500 and $600.Also I don't know where those rumours came from, because all the official info states that the games will cost $59.99 because of the Blu-ray disks. Of course there will be some more expensive games just like there were on the PS3, but those are completely separate. I mean a game like Guitar Hero can't cost the same price as all other games because it comes with its own controller.
Xavien said:
actually the technology market is one of the very few that isn't affected by inflation, lets look at previous, hmm lets say nintendo consoles (since we are talking about a company that has consoles going back some 20 years).The NES launched at $200The SNES launched at $200The N64 Launched at $200The GCN (gamecube) launched at $200seeing a pattern? inflation doesn't account of the massive price hike that sony has placed upon its console. It is wholely down to the parts placed within the PS3 and sony's pricing structure. Inflation has nothing to do with it im afraid.Plus i wouldn't be surprised at possibly $69.99 games from Sony this generation, at least until the cost of making blu-ray discs goes down. (considering the price on blank blu-ray discs, i'd say its a fair assessment.)
nic said:
Commercial blu-ray discs will likely be pressed (like CDs/DVDs) and not burned on blanks, so they will be much cheaper than blank blu-ray discs. This shouldn't add much to the cost of manufacturing/packaging.
smtkr said:
[b]Originally posted by Berserk_Fury:[/b][quote] The prices of them back then were between $200 and $300, but if you convert it to current money, they are exactly around the PS3's price of $500 and $600.[/quote]Actually, the NES would be in the upper $300 range. The SNES would be in the upper $200 range. I don't understand why you decided to post such rubbish. If you want to blow $600 on a console, that's fine. No one is telling you what to do with your money. Don't post rubbish numbers to palliate Sony's strategy.These are calculated based on an original price of $200 for each in 1985 (NES) and 1991 (SNES). If my years are off by one, the outcome does not change appreciably. The inflation data used in these calculations are from the annual Statistical Abstracts of the United States.
nevermore said:
[b]Originally posted by Xavien:[/b][quote]actually the technology market is one of the very few that isn't affected by inflation, lets look at previous, hmm lets say nintendo consoles (since we are talking about a company that has consoles going back some 20 years).The NES launched at $200The SNES launched at $200The N64 Launched at $200The GCN (gamecube) launched at $200seeing a pattern? inflation doesn't account of the massive price hike that sony has placed upon its console. It is wholely down to the parts placed within the PS3 and sony's pricing structure. Inflation has nothing to do with it im afraid.Plus i wouldn't be surprised at possibly $69.99 games from Sony this generation, at least until the cost of making blu-ray discs goes down. (considering the price on blank blu-ray discs, i'd say its a fair assessment.)[/quote]Uhm, how exactly do you explain inflation doesn't affect videogames or their consoles? 15 years ago $200 was a lot more money then it is today. In 15 years $200 will be even less money then it is today. Generally speaking inflation is calculated at +- 4% a year and that's in 'normal' economic conditions. This means that $200 today will be the same as $208 in 2007. At a steady rate like that this would mean that by 2016 $300 would have the same value as $200 has today. Again, this is in 'stable' economic conditions, remember the WTC incident? War in Iraq? War in Afghanistan? All these things have their influence.The NES Console was released in 1985 (USA) and if you say it was released at $200 that would mean in todays prices that would be over $450. The nintendo consoles have gotten cheaper but then they also stopped focussing on technology after the N64 so that's kind of logical to me.I am all for the PS3 personally, what they're doing (turning the console into an entertainment hub) is the next logical step to me, much more then microsofts efforts (honestly why would I want my cellphone to be connected to my game console? I know cell phones have extended their functionality beyond calling but I doubt if we'll ever see it become a mobile gaming platform). The price is logical seeing what it can do. the xbox 360 will be struggling to keep up in 3 years I think.Anyway I want to congratulate you Derek for writing perhaps the first objectively written article I've read on the comming console wars. Most articles favor one side or the other.
canadian said:
If you look at the technology in the PS3, its amazing its as cheap as it is. Try and make a computer with stats like that.
DragonMaster said:
[quote]Also I don't know where those rumours came from, because all the official info states that the games will cost $59.99 because of the Blu-ray disks. [/quote]Isn't it the price of about any new video games anyways? (Except old classics ~$30-50 CAD)BluRay doesn't cost a lot to produce. It's just sold at an high price so that if the technology fails in a few months, they will not have lost too much money.[Edited by DragonMaster on 2006-06-30 18:16:04]
9Nails said:
[b]Originally posted by Berserk_Fury:[/b][quote]People should stop complaining about prices of the PS3. I mean look back to the NES and the SNES. Those systems did extremely well. The prices of them back then were between $200 and $300, but if you convert it to current money, they are exactly around the PS3's price of $500 and $600.Also I don't know where those rumours came from, because all the official info states that the games will cost $59.99 because of the Blu-ray disks. Of course there will be some more expensive games just like there were on the PS3, but those are completely separate. I mean a game like Guitar Hero can't cost the same price as all other games because it comes with its own controller.[/quote]In 1986, the NES launched at a (California) minimum wage of $3.35, which would take 60 hours of work to purchase. This system came with Super Mario Brothers. (Another system would be available with R.O.B., a light gun, Duck Hunt, and SMB for just $50 more.)In 1991, the SNES was also launched at $199. This system came with two controllers and Super Mario World. Minimum wage was $4.75, which took just 42 hours of work to purchase. In 1996, the N64 was also launched at $199. This system came with Mario 64 and Pilot Wings 64. Minimum would soon raise to $5.00, which took just 40 hours of work to purchase.In 2001, the Nintendo GameCube was also launched at $199. This system came without games. Minimum wage was $6.25, which took just 32 hours of work to purchase. (Games would cost $49.99, or an average of 8 hours to purchase.)In 2007, the PlayStation 3 might launch for $599. This system comes with 1 controller and no game. Minimum wage is at $6.75, which takes 89 hours of work to purchase. (Games may cost $59.99, or an average of 10 hours to purchase.)
carl0ski said:
[b]Originally posted by Xavien:[/b][quote]actually the technology market is one of the very few that isn't affected by inflation, lets look at previous, hmm lets say nintendo consoles (since we are talking about a company that has consoles going back some 20 years).The NES launched at $200The SNES launched at $200The N64 Launched at $200The GCN (gamecube) launched at $200seeing a pattern? inflation doesn't account of the massive price hike that sony has placed upon its console. It is wholely down to the parts placed within the PS3 and sony's pricing structure. Inflation has nothing to do with it im afraid.Plus i wouldn't be surprised at possibly $69.99 games from Sony this generation, at least until the cost of making blu-ray discs goes down. (considering the price on blank blu-ray discs, i'd say its a fair assessment.)[/quote]As outrageous i think the price of PS3 is your statement is WAY! out of context.note i dont know the original release prices but for illustration purposesNintendo was one of a kind the market leader, people would pay anything for it $200SNES same applied $200N64 however was a different story they made this monster wanted to reap a lot of money but fierce competition from SONY PlayStation caused it to be released much cheaper than they would have wanted$200
socrfan said:
First of all, give me a computer over any console any day. At least I can upgrade it and PC gaming is poised to take off especially with Vista on the horizon. Secondly, anyone dumb enough to pay for Blue Ray at this point has more money than brains. Until one of the new technologies becomes standard putting your money on this is like gambling it away. Remember VHS vs. Betamax?? Those who forget history are destined to repeat it.
nic said:
Any games console that is sold below cost has to be a good buy...provided the games aren't too expensive.
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