Sony recently announced the PS3 Slim at their press conference at GamesCom, but neglected to mention the UK pricing for the item. But now we have found that it will cost £249.
It's about time.
This makes the PS3 a far better deal than the Xbox 360. With no WiFi, and Blu-Ray Player the Xbox 360 Elite isn't such a great deal at $299. Microsoft better answer back soon if they want to keep their 2nd place position.
Thats still a rip off. Its $299 in the us and thats roughly about £180 so why isnt it about £200 max in the uk. Sony ripping off the UK as per norm.
Every company is pricing their stuff higher in the UK/Europe, not just Sony. What you need to consider is their economy is very different though. Different taxes, different everything. You have to understand economics to realize it's not a huge ripoff as it would seem. Everything's priced higher there even gas.
The UK just gets ripped off in general. Not particularly by Sony.
I couldn't have said it better my self. People always seem to get this part wrong.
UK always get's ripped off, but this time I don't think it's as bad. I really would have expected £299 price point, seriously.
here is an example: 1) what does a mcD cashier for a full time shift in usa & uk? 2) whats the price of bread in usa & uk?
Just out of curiosity, what did the PS3 cost before the price cut in Euros or Pounds?
PS3 was £299 and €399.
Um seems fair if you ask me... they cut the price by 50£ which is nearly equal to 80-100$... UK with all those extra taxes and exchange rates problem gets a 80$ price cut...... Fair to be honest. Still higher than the rest of the world, but those tax issues really need to be solved in Europe first... Even M$ increasing the Arcades price by nearly 30£ indicates that there are some real issues with the taxes... I like to see what the 360 Elite's prices are in UK if the prices fall to 299$ in America... I bet it's also near the 250£ mark.
Slim will retail for 359€/307£ in Finland so Its not only UK getting ripped off. Uk has probably the cheapest games and systems in whole Europe so just be happy that you do. US =/= world UK =/= EU US is very differend market when compared to Europe, everything from localization to ppls wages and taxes is very different from EU. You cannot expect to get things for the same price as ppl in the US.
VAT + other taxes and fees due to your country's own laws unfortunately.
360 Elites are currently under £230 in the UK so it seems PS3 is still more expensive than it should be here, unless I'm mistaken and the Elites are still cheaper than the PS3 Slim in the US.
Taxes are higher here, and the fact that sony isnt the one doing the "importing" for their console here increases the price as well. But you ppl are just getting it for the same price as rest of the Europe. You should also notice that with current exchance rates 299€ = 256.12£ so your paying the same as the other "low tax" countries in Europe where Sony handles the importing. Asking to get it cheaper or telling that just "Uk" is getting screwed over is just plain selfish. From my understanding US has really low taxes and its very commercially driven country and while this makes things cheaper it makes ppl pay for services that maybe provided by the goverment in many EU countries.
@2.11 - But the value it represents at £250 is a lot more than the Elite. You have no Blu-Ray player, Wifi, bluetooth with the Elite, and also you have to pay £40 per year for online. So it is a lot more worth buying.
I agree, but it's because America have lower paying jobs.
Actually, Firestorm, it's not because so many make less than $50k a year in the U.S., it's because much of our services are privatized, even for businesses. If our businesses here were levied much in the way many are in Europe, then the prices of the good would increase. The same goes for our taxes and fees for handling imports and exports, which are also much less than they are for European countries. The funny thing is that the wages would more than likely equal out to about the same on average when compared against the higher cost of living in European countries.
, you also said "correct me if i'm wrong" So, I am. The PS3 is $299 in the U.S. right now, the 360 Elite is $399, right now and expected to drop to $299 tomorrow. A PS3 at $299 next to a 360 at $299 makes the 360 look VERY unappealing.
Yep, regional pricing sucks. I don't really know how they get away with it. Wouldn't it be considered type of prejudice? Ie company X is charging me more for this product because of where I come from.
Joking aside, £250 is better, but still not "there". If it was closer to £200, I'd seriously consider it, even £225. It's not that I can't afford it (just spent £520 on a new DSLR), it's just that I don't feel it's worth that much.
Consider how much Bluray players have dropped in price. Ok, I know it's got Wifi too, but Wifi isn't the be all and end all, and in fact, ethernet is always best. If I get a PS3, it's going to be on the wire regardless.
The price of the Wii beggars belief. How they can charge more for a Wii than an Xbox360 with a 60GB HDD is beyond me. That's not even mentioning the larger system size, extra packing and faster GPU/CPU and HDMI output.
So yeah, drop it down to £225 and I'll be a little more forthcoming, £200 is a done deal. At this moment in time, I am up to my eyes in it with driving lessons, keep fit, and Wii/Xbox to really warrant another games console, and my primary reason is for the media features, but we will see.
By the way, if the slim is £249, does that mean the old PS3 will be even cheaper?
THIS WILL accompany my 60gb launch ps3. DAY 1 BUY! IS THE HARD DRIVE UPGRADEABLE ?
Can't see why not, that would be stupidity :)
And of course, with movie DL's/rents a bigger HD is gonna be helpful.
Have a 340gb in mine at mo, so upgrading to that and beyond is probably needed in the future. Cheap as chips though.
If you check the images of the front, you can see where the hard drive seems to be, it looks like it will slide out and, possibly, be even easier to upgrade.
THAT IS A RELIEF. MAYBE I NEED to get my eyes checked because i just couldn't see a hard drive slot. I wil be buying one on day one. £250 is a bargain (although it is nothing compared to my 60gb). Ill just buy USB card readers and extra USB ports to make it closer to the 60gb.
I heard that the original PS3 will be $299 or £180. I did not think that price applied to the Slim. If the slim is £250 then the original for £200 would be a bargain!!!
there are loads around for £220-30 with a game or two.
What we earn in UK pounds over here, is the same as Americans earn in dollars. I pay my guys £35 per hour BTW. So, we paying £249 is the same as the US paying $249. We are paying less.
That's a good example. Cost of living sometimes does not match currency exchange ratio. Even a with a 0.7 ratio between US$ and Euro, some jobs pay the same ($2,000 vs Eur 2,000 - or similar).
lol.. the old one costs 280 GBP at amazon and this one 250? nearly no difference.
Troll much wanker!!!
This is RRP retard. Play.com and Amazon will have it cheaper no doubt.
@Welshgunner in gamer zone - you have absolutely no idea of contemporary exchange rates...
res image from ign
dont look that bad at all if you ask me
ps.Matches the contoller nicely
The HDD is a 2.5 one.. so it isnt that cheap to upgrade this one.
"The HDD is a 2.5 one.. so it isnt that cheap to upgrade this one"
I think you'll find the current PS3 also uses 2.5" Hard Drives....
thats the same as the normal PS3, its alot cheaper than buying an xbox hdd
Not that cheap? I upgraded to a 500GB HDD for only $89. Cheaper than buying a 120GB HDD for the 360.
You can buy 2 500gb 2.5" Sata hard drives for the price of one 120gb 360 HDD.
lets see who is laughing when septembers NPD numbers come out!
About the question of the HDD swap on the PS3 slim is on the front, just to the right of the USB ports. Check the "door" with the bunch of logos
this ps3 is sexy maybe i will sell my fat one dunno yet
I"m torn between this and a psp go now. Plus all the top games coming, damn sony for making an assault on my coin. This is unacceptable. Do they even know xmas is coming?
Horrible horrible horrible Flop flop flop flippity flop What were they thinking? It looks like a cheap chinese imitation of the original. lolololol I hope to god my 80gb doesnt break like my 60gb did, because im not having a slim
Oh Look, another fu@king no life wanker troll.
Telling it how it is is not trolling......
@OmarJA lol that was actually funny.I can see Game Informer gave a huge amount of ammo to the PS3 fanboys.I expect to hear this 54% stuff until the console war is over
no HDMI cable in elite pro
Telling it how it is? Everyone else seems to love the design. Keep on licking the red assring of death mooks.
that would make sense considering ASDA (a major UK supermarket and part of wallmart for any americans reading this) have lowered the price of the 80GB model to £250.
seems about right i was estimating around this price. I think i may sell my PS3 for this not sure though
BOOYA!!, i held of getting a ps3 but now i have no more excuse, i'm getting one as soon as my tax return comes in, i wonder if microsoft are in therapy right about now
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