Japanese retailers cut PS3 prices

By Justin Mann on January 22, 2007, 7:29 PM
While Ireland and the EU in general isn't so lucky when it comes to PS3 prices, Japan is one of the very few areas that is actually getting a price cut on the expensive console. Most likely due to extremely poor sales, retailers are taking matters into their own hands, not willing to wait for Sony to act. As such, the prices in Japan for the 20GB PS3 are being cut by as much as 20%:

Retailers are also buying "used" PS3s at much lower prices than previously, paying well under the original sticker price. Just look at how the Don Quijote in Akihabara is slicing 20 percent off the 20GB PLAYSTATION 3.
While Sony is claiming they made their goal of 2 million shipments, even in my local area I have noticed stores stocked with PS3s that aren't selling. The retailers may be buying them, but how many are actually making it into peoples living rooms? Considering the console itself looks quite nice and has everything there to offer something great, the underlying problem is most likely the high price. Would a 20% cut across the board now affect Sony so much that extra sales couldn't help it?




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howzz1854 said:
it's a no brainer. the PS3 offers no significant difference/(better or worse) than a $400 Xbox 360. of course the general public aren't willing to shell out $600, correct me if i am wrong, but $600 is not exactly pocket change for majority of consumers. microsoft did something right this time by giving consumers the option to shell out extra money for a HD DVD experience if they want to. for a $400 price tag that performs identical in games compare to PS3, it's a no brainer. not to mention the launch of Wii that took everyone by surprise. with a $250 tag, you get all the fun with you and your friends, in which the new systems seem to attract a wider range of demographic.
hakujin8r said:
i agree. and another point on top of that is the fact that the Playstation line has not changed the design of their controllers.......at all. All other gaming consoles are making their controllers more ergonomic, while Playstation leaves their controllers the same. Sure, they added the joysticks, and then added the six-axis, but it doesn't change the fact that it is still uncomfortable to hold one of their controllers.
---agissi--- said:
[b]Originally posted by hakujin8r:[/b][quote]i agree. and another point on top of that is the fact that the Playstation line has not changed the design of their controllers.......at all. All other gaming consoles are making their controllers more ergonomic, while Playstation leaves their controllers the same. Sure, they added the joysticks, and then added the six-axis, but it doesn't change the fact that it is still uncomfortable to hold one of their controllers.[/quote]If you dont mind I'd like to politely call you 'insane'. The dualshock 2 has to be the most perfect all-around controller. It didnt win a Nobel Piece Prize for nothing :D (it won some big award)
Jesse_hz said:
I think 'insane' is an understatement. The dualshock 2 controller must be the best gamepad ever made and I even bought an adapter so I could use it on my PC.
howzz1854 said:
i personally did not like the controller either, i know they added the trigger so now you won't be pushing the wrong button. but maybe i am just not used to it, because it just doesn't feel right for me. but again, the feel of controller is a very subjective view.
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