Sony will not be cutting the price of the PlayStation 3 in Europe or releasing a 80GB model – instead it will be offering a Starter Pack containing the console, two games and an extra controller for GBP 425
but I feel bad for European gamers. It seems like they always get the shaft.
Consoles are more expensive and get released later, games come out later, online store games come out later.....Pretty much everything...
I feel for you guys. Hopefully more games and systems wil see wordwide releases more often.
As a ps3 owner myself, I never get Sony's logic.
Weird TV Advertising or why they won't just cut the price in Europe.
Don't worry. Europeans are rich. I feel sorry for Africans actually. Do they even get PS3?
"Don't worry. Europeans are rich. I feel sorry for Africans actually. Do they even get PS3?"
With what's going on in Africa I think they will want to buy other things rather than an expensive games console, don't you?
Yes Vip3r, that was sarcasm ;)
there getting two games and an extra controller
so thats good....
Not good for early adopters. Same price, but with more (games and controller).
Actually why didn't we get this bundle instead of the 80GB?
At $600 this would be a better deal.
that could really suck or be embraced. They should get a price cut though :(
retailers wont sell the current stock of PS3s at the same price without the games and controllers. IDK how that will work out because i doubt there will just be a bundle available.
This sucks.. What about the news that said the opposite? Well I don´t believe this matters. There are many here in Europe who are willing to do pretty much whatever it takes to get their hands on a PS3 which shows already (over a mil sold). I´m not worried!
I actually know why this is happening.
Quite simply, it's because Europe already has the version with software-emulated backwards compatibility. I would bet that Sony wants to keep the price down.
In fact, I'd go as far to say that the lack of emotion engine could make the 80GB cost LESS to Sony than the 60GB in the North Americas, which might be the primary reason that they're doing it.
But don't get me wrong, that's not bad news. In fact, it's great for the (North American) consumer. Sure, Europe might be a bit peeved, but the past has shown it's not exactly the most important gaming market. If Sony can keep bringing the price down then this could benefit them in long run...
Europe is actually the biggest computer games market in the world now, so Sony need to take it a bit more seriously, they're doing themselves no favours with the "you pay what we tell you to pay" attitude.
We always get ripped off in the UK/EU, if I was going to get a PS3 I'd import one, even after paying import duty and VAT it'd be cheaper than buying one in the shops here.
oh and remember in January the price "won't drop for two years", how things change when you're getting more returns than sales.
What is the point of this model when you can use your own external usb HDD? i dont get why people would choose this over the 60GB model and pay $100 more for 20GB.
Cool I think this is good 2 games and an extra controller at the same price point, I would of liked of seen it under the £400 barryer so it looks less but they are already selling in Europe anyway...
Because UK's exchange rate is like no.1 at £1 = $1.90 with Sony (and the other companies) charging full price they are in effect selling PS3's in the UK for over $800 each so they can cut the price in Japan and USA but still give us a good shafting up the backside!
Hooray for us!
Indeed, its not doing Sonys PR much good over here, we're not stupid, I don't like being told I have to pay $200 more for a machine thats not even got all the hardware (no emotion engine chip!). Infact I actually resent having to pay more than anyone else for it.
As I said earlier its cheaper to import a US PS3 than buy one in a shop in the UK.
Actually the exhange rate is 1 British pound = 2.0293 US Dollars, so we here are getting a good double handed,to both elbows a*** fisting!
I was hoping Sony would do us a fvour so I would finally buy one. I guess this pack is my only option
How is this new 'Starter Pack' a good deal?
Both Motorstorm and Resistance will no doubt be on budget soon, and the other choices (F1 or Genji I believe) are not really appealing.
Then there's the extra obsolete controller... great, Sony ditch old stock on Europe then launch the SIXAXIS with rumble.
So we pay £425 (or maybe £399) in the UK, which equates to $859 ($806) or 105047 JPY (98620 JPY). Great, sign me up!
Even if you disregard tax (VAT) which is Sony's usual chestnut for why we pay more over here it's still $708 for a 60GB unit, with limited backward compatibility, crappy content on PSN, two old games and two obsolete controllers!
The PS3 is 425 pounds in Europe, which translates to over $900 with one game. Sony already screwed over Europe with the delayed launch and the considerably higher price this non-price drop is a slap in the face.
I know that Sony is saying "Well, we JUST launched a few months ago in Europe, so they can't possibly expect a price cut already."
The real test of the PS3 is JAPAN. Sales have flatlined in Japan and if they don't pick up Sony is in danger of losing their Japanese developers.
WTF is Sony doing!? They're getting rid of the 60GB version, but won't give Europe the 80GB version?
How does that work? Does that mean Europe won't even get PS3s anymore?
Who cares ?, not me!....I got my PS3 :P...,just keep the games coming!.
in New Zealand the Ps3 is currently $1200 (about 800 USD)
No price cut is sad, but this deal is better! (for me)
I was going to buy another controller anyway. and resistance and motorstorm are the 2 games i was going to buy!!
Its weird, we(europe) are getting ripped off, but we(europe) still buy them..
ah well, go ps3!
It is annoying being from the UK and europe the rip us off, by making us pay more than the yanks it isn't right and why, because we're richer than the average american? They are basically taking more or our money away in the PAL terrorites for profit more than the others and it shows how soft Sony is the with americans and us they don't give monkeys about.
How to piss off European gamers part ∞. Great job Sony. Of course, the starters pack is cool... but why the hell not release the 80GB model in Europe? How hard can it be?
This deal would be usless in Australia since most shops such as Games Wizard (aka Game) and Toys R Us already have these deals, minus the extra controller, with the chance to pick from a select range of games. A price reduction would have been better.
The starter pack will help move 60GB units while US ramps up 80GB production...when EU has sold out of 60GB units it will be replaced by 80GB units.
In an interview with a Sony rep he said the EU will continue to have 60GB PS3's as they are the easiest to stock.
Aren't Sony losing less money on the PS3 here in Europe because they do not include the PS2 hardware and the emotion engine.
hold up for very long. Remember when the 80 gig was launched in Korea and Sony said it wasn't coming to anywhere else? Well it is now and I'm sure by next year the 80 will be well on its way to Europe.
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