There's lots of rumours and speculation about whether or not the PS3 is a complete sales flop over here in the UK, following increasing worries about stock levels in the US.
Of course you can still pre order it because there's plenty of units to go around at launch in Europe, unlike america and wii's launch. This is the dumbest article I have ever seen...
The advertising hasn't even started in Europe yet eather has kiosks,that will get things moving even more and the main factor Motorstorm and F1 will be there now, EU will be really impressed and GDC will change everything anyway... Expect to see alot of games that look just as good and better than the final build of Motorstorm...
Like you Simmo I too reside in the UK. I personally think that in order for the PS3 to sell well in UK the price will need to be dropped. as it stands after all the devout fans have purchased theirs the sales will slow down because the average Joe Bloggs consumer probably won't want to part with that much money in order to own one.
I also think that in my opinion Blu Ray in the UK, will only appeal to the hardcore High Def movie fans, for the extra cost it doesn't really offer enough of a difference to normal DVD, yeah ok so its better quality on a large HD TV, but not everyone owns them (yet).
I could of course be completely wrong and if I am then I'll stand corrected.
Well Hd tv prices is falling rapidly. You can get a 42inch top the range hd-tv for £890 - which is cheap in the UK, and there are apparently going to be loads of deals around the ps3 launch...I think they see the potential.
The ps3 will seel healthily over here - of course it won't be crazy until the price comes down and I hope it isn't crazy cause I want a price drop as soon as possible - because this is the only territory (Europe) that Sony is actually making a profit on every system (if they released the 20gb version they would be making a loss - 60gb version entails profit in Europe). I don't see why they didn't start wth £399 - because the £400 mark is quite a psycholoical barrier.
Go to play.com for a great offer -£525 for the ps3, 3games (resistence/motorstorm/genji) and an hdmi cable.
When is everyone going to realize this, that the Blu-Ray DVD drive is not just for movies, it is the main format that all games are built on. The Blu-ray disk is used to give developers more space to build on allowing for much larger and longer games, not to mention the 8 SPE's built into the PS3 to handle the various calculations used in AI, lighting, player motion and many many other things. I have a PS3, I love the system, it offers more right now in the ways of a computer, home entertainment movie player and Game console. I suggest to those who are eyeing the PS3 with extreme interest to go out and try and get one, you will be surprised. Think of it this way, sony will continue to support the PS3 with updates that keep upgrading your system with new and innovative features. Take the chance, the PS3 is worth the price. As for the price drop, I can't see one coming as soon as everyone hopes because, even though they may shrink the cost of manufacturing the chips it doesn't mean they will shrink the price, they will keep it steady for a bit yet to build back some of the cash they have lost per console sold. I say take your gaming to a new level buy one, experience the system, and if you don't like it, sell it, but give it a try.
Of these BS articles, when I'm at work checking this site i would prefer to see real news.
well couldnt the same be said about the 360? is the 360 a sales dud? then say how its not doing so well in japan. this goes both ways.
Looks like FirstknighT and the Xbox 360 camp are resorting to no name blogs full of BS specualtion with no validity to try and cast a cloud over the PS3 launch in Europe. Especially with a credible report for how in demand the PS3 is in Europe from gameindustry.biz.
His comments were echoed by Gerry Berkley, head of games at Woolworths, who told GamesIndustry.biz, "PS3 pre-orders are coming in thick and fast. It is the fastest selling games product we have ever sold online and it is shaping up to be our biggest ever pre-order campaign for a console."
A spokesperson for Amazon.co.uk revealed that only one other product has seen a more rapid rate of pre-orders during 2007 - J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
It's a similar story at Argos, with videogames buyer Anthony Stocker telling GamesIndustry.biz, "We're very pleased with the interest in the new PS3 and it is our most successful pre-ordered campaign for consoles."
Entertainment retailer HMV also said there is healthy demand for the console, as predicted. "Pre-orders are going well in line with expectations," a spokesperson confirmed.
Yup sure looks like the PS3 is going to be a sales dud in the UK.
I got my xbox360 at launch why because it was a nice price and it had alot games, now the ps3 is coming out im not even looking at it till the price drop and some good exclusives to go with it.
There is only 1 game that would drive me crazy to buy a ps3 and thats GT5 with the pitstop.
I’m also from the UK but wont be picking up a PS3 until the price drops by quite a bit, im not a fan boy and don’t dislike any console as ive purchased them all over the years and was really looking forward to the PS3, I fell in to the hype I suppose and now im disappointed that I will not be getting what Sony said.
If the PS3 was everything they said it would be I wouldn’t have a problem spending £425 but its clear that its not, it offers me nothing at the moment over my 360 but obviously this is my opinion, to others the Blu-ray alone will be enough to purchase.
I agree with Gamer13 there was 1 game that would have made me buy a PS3 and that was GTA, though it’s never really been a Sony exclusive it was always out on there consoles first. I’m not really in to all these PS2 sequels so im waiting to see what Sony can offer with new games.
Write a real artical you joke .
To sit there and say that Sony's PS3 has nothing on Microsoft is just stupidity. first off let me point out that Sony gives you more entertainment options than the XBOX 360, I know cause I own them both. Sure Microsoft has XBOX live, which has been running since XBOX, which gives them that advantage, but Sony is just starting their online structure. XBOX live you have to pay to play, which is stupid. PSN is free for gamers to play to no extent, thus you get more gamers being able to play online without a subscription card or credit card. PS3 offers you Blu-ray movies, high definition movie watching without having to buy a seperate High definition player such as microsoft did with the add on of their HD-DVD drive. PS3 offers you multiple online features, from downloading from the playstation store or by going online with the web brower. XBOX has the marketpalce in contrast to the playstation store, but there is no web browser. Sony allows complete customization of the system, by allowing users to install their own OS, how about XBOX? Think not. Imagine installing linux and downloading emulation software that will allow you to play all the great arcade games and game console software of the past decades. Imagine playing SUPER METROID with a emulator such as SNES9X on the playstation 3 from several feet away because you have no cord like you would with the SNES. Don't disregard sony's system with a "I'll only buy it when the price drops and an exclusive comes out." there are so many reasons why you should try it now. Imagine playing online in a Resistance match with 39 friends in a deathmatch. Thats 37 more people to play against than in Gears of War, which makes for a fast paced CHAOTIC experience, I know I've been there playing. Join the new wave of gaming and judge for yourself, don't let news stories make your decisions for you.
Im not interested in my console being a multimedia hub so the majority of the things a PS3 can do don’t interest me exactly the same with my 360, not everyone wants to use a console for those purposes and you feel pity because I don’t? Kind of pathetic to be honest.
I couldn’t care less about HD-DVD or Blu-ray, if I want to play old games ill get out my snes which is still packed away in the loft somewhere :)
As the Linux thing its something that doesn’t bother me as I have a PC and does everything I need, and finally the 39 playing thing is nothing as I play battlefield online which is 64 players and the more players doesn’t necessarily improve game play/
Hope you understand im just trying to answer your post, I have a 360 & Wii atm and will buy a PS3 eventually, to me though only games will make me buy one not features, but thats just me.
Just because someone doesn't enjoy the same features as you doesnt make them stupid.
I just want to game. My computer can do that other stuff.
sold xbox 360 for PS3. ;)
Am from the uk and the interest in the ps3 has dropped as far as i can see,the price is just ludicrously expensive and only the hardcore sony drones with more money then sense will buy it at first.The ps3 will sell but demand will drop after the first week TRUST me on this folks i know loads of people who have ps2s and have no intention of picking up a ps3 till decent games and a price drop are on the cards,the signs are not good for sony but we will see come 23 march,MARK THESE WORDS
yea, just because you have been listening to these amercian freaks. They love their console xbox 360 and wanted us to love it.
Leave Europe alone and let them decide.
We have so far best positive result in Europe. Preorders are taken so fast. More people are interested in PS3 no matter what the cost.
PS3 has 60G HDD whereas xbox has 20G HDD. That explains higher cost. UK is not the most expensive in the world. Denmark and Mexico is even more expensive.
Give PS3 time, just like xbox 360. It has been a year since xbox's release and so far there are more games for xbox 360 available now.
So give PS3 a year before you decide who is the winner.
I've no doubt that PS3 will, initially at least, sell well in the U.K. The Sony brand is known worldwide for its Playstation console and there are countless people willing to buy purely on that reputation.
I don't see any real problem for Sony unless time passes and they fail to deliver good games and exclusives.The real sticking point after launch in the U.K is price. After the hardcore fans have what they want,the average joe simply will not pay Sony's asking price.I for one, would love to own a PS3, because i'm a gamer and i know Sony will have some good games on their console eventually.However,i won't be shelling out the kinda money Sony are asking and i think lots of people feel the same.The PS3 future is in Sony's own hands,make a price cut early and get a good installed base or take a chance and see if great games will come in time and sell the system at higher price point.
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