Do controllers with motion control and wireless connectivity warrant a $50-$60 price tag? Bitmob doesn't think so -- and they are sure your wallet doesn't either.
being a gamer was cheap. It comes with the territory.
That's true, but if Sony has the ability to lower the price of the console some $200, then I'm pretty sure they can lower the price of a controller by $10 or $15. I have an original SIXAXIS controller and would like to upgrade it (mostly because the Joysticks are sticking) but when it comes down to it, I would rather have another game, and as I'm between jobs getting the money for either is a luxury.
It's not that bad. Sure, MSRP is high but you can find them for much cheaper. Last time I was on Amazon they had the black 360 controller for $28 and the black DS3's for $43. Besides, how often do you have to replace a controller? Once every couple of years?
Well I required 4 to play games with the family and almost paid £35 x4 for 4 Dual shock 3's. Thats £140 for 4 god damn pads. I just brought some Wired-usb pc pads instead which work fine. good someone brought an article like this on n4g. It does require some attention.
I bought my PS3 when it was $400 in the US, I also bought LBP + two DS3s with it to play with my family. I had a bit of buyers remorse that day. I'm happy I own the PS3, but damn, that was a lot of cash to blow in one day. Back then, it was over $120 after tax to buy a couple controllers. That's just too expensive, especially with how much you're spending on the console.
Prices are probably set so high because they KNOW a person will purchase a controller based on need, not on price. Once you have the console and a multi-player game, they have you already.
Darth your right but why did the offical controller jump up in price so much this gen ? Why can you buy the unoffical controllers for 15-20 dollars less ?
it has always been like this. They can get away with the being priced like that because they are "official". Sometimes you will find better ones from 3rd parties for the same price or cheaper. Be careful though as if something goes wrong from using a 3rd party device, support for the game/system tends to be voided.
i bought the unoffical, it broke after a few months. Most unofifcial controllers dont last long, stick with official cuz they dont brake.
So buy third party turds, instead.
I would find rather strange if the controllers were cheap.
But it is ridiculous that Sony charges $54.99 for a DS3. especially given that Sony being using the same controller since day 1.( Best controller design despite L2/R2) Maybe it covers the fees that Sony had to pay that rumble company. Sony should of had priced the Move better. $100 is ridiculous.
The Move isn't $100. It's about $80. It depends on how you buy it depending on what you already own, actually. For example you don't need the nav and you may already have the cam so then it'd only be $50 for the Wand. I think they are expensive to simply cover costs, and simply because controllers are something you always use, so they know they can charge so much for it because it's THE tool to play your games. You have no other choice outside 3rd party controls. It's not like you buy controllers everyday so perhaps they need to compensate? Also, I don't think the fact that Sony has had the same controller for 3 generations has any relation to its cost.
Less if you already have a camera. With all the demos on the Store, you could try the Move for only $50. Although, if you want the full experience, you're looking at around $180 if you don't already have a camera.
where did you get $180? the bundle itself is $100, with the PS Eye, Move and game...the only thing missing is the Nav controller, but there arent that many games that utilize it yet, and you have the convenience of using your DS3 for movement if you are on a tight budget if you are talking about having 2 sets, then i understand the $180 you would need to invest
I've always wondered myself why controllers are always so expensive. I can understand it at console launch and for a while after that but for example with the PS3 controllers are still €50/€60 now and I never understood how companies can expect people to still pay that amount so many years later. My current two controllers are in pieces (literally, although 1 is still usable) but buying a brand new game here is cheaper than getting the controller so you have to just get on with it and the awkwardness of it while you can.
My theory is that they know you require it and WILL buy one if your original breaks no matter the cost. Where as if a game is too expensive you could jsut go and buy something else.
@ Zimmerman Arent offline multiplayer games dying? @ Alpha Male Im sure the majority of PS3 owners don't have a PS Eye. This is a situation where Sony should of thought of having a deep install bas of Move users. I have no interest in Move but if it was $50-$60 i'll invest. Edit @ AlphaMale DS3 is just DS3/DS2 but with wireless, useless motion and stupid change to L2/R2) nothing more. It was no R&D here unless u count the "boomerang". Also DS2 controllers were $34.99 vs $54.99 for DS3. Thats a $20 increase and PS3 been out since 2006. What I find funny is the bundle where u get a DS3 and a greatest hits game for about the same price of a DS3 alone.
That's likely a promotion that comes out of the developers' pocket as well. And regardless of whether or not you think motion is useless, it's still in there. Same with bluetooth. Those are two expensive pieces of technology that likely required their fair share of R&D and testing.
i agree that the controllers are bloody expensive. but thank god that the quality is top notch for them. Absolutely love my DS3 and for me its the best game controller in the world. The Wii on the other hand has an average controller. At least it isn't expensive which is what counts with it.
There 35 dollars EVERY black friday. Not hard to get.
thats what happens when ur a console gamer u take it up the ....
PC gamers have no place in attacking the price of anything; it would be sickeningly ironic.
im a console gamer.
@pimpmaster I was generally speaking. All I'm saying is, it doesn't make sense to point that out when it's even worse with the other option.
Well sure if you have to upgrade every half year ( and usually if you build a solid pc it doesnt have to be every half year). But lots of things you can buy for pc are cheaper( like controllers ).
I don't think people realize how great the build quality is on controllers. I'm speaking DS3 right now because it's the one I use many hours each day; that thing is extremely well put together. It uses top-quality materials, is built to withstand abuse, and has very precise input. I think people take for granted how good their controllers are. Quality comes at a price. I, for one, wouldn't hesitate to buy a *more expensive* version from Sony if they made one that was even more precise (analog sticks mainly, they could be a little better). Hell, a good gaming mouse easily costs 70-100$ and up--in comparison, controllers are cheap for what you get!
When I need a new controller I usually head to eBay. I don't know if they're stolen goods or not, but I can get a new Dualshock 3 for about $30 shipped. I can live with that. What I don't understand is how the faceless online people can sell them so cheap compared to normal retail. But I'm not losing any sleep over it.
Is the writer of this article kidding? really? Reason #1: To offset losses on selling consoles. The price of controllers and other accessories are marked up to compensate for the money lost on each console sold. Does anyone remember the hit Sony took per console back when it was first released?!?! 300$ range was the estimate. Even one year ago it was estimated to be losing money on each console sold. Microsoft did do a good job keeping the Xbox profitable, and it broke even on production costs after about 1.5 years. They make a profit per console sold now. Reason #2: Because the market will bear it. You can afford it, you pay for them, and you come back for more... so they keep pulling in the $$$.
i try not to think about the prices on these controllers cuz i know they will last for about two yrs i spends about 200 on controllers anyway over the life of my console, i keep at least 4 controllers every time
At least they are good quality but after 4 years why not lower the price to $30????
The thing is, They are cheap made. And sold at a higher price. Just like so many other software.
My DS3 definitely doesn't feel cheap. You ever played the DreamCast? Now THAT was a cheap controller!
thats not what i said Their costs to produce one are low.
Peripherals is one way which console manufactuerers can recoupe some of the costs of selling hardware at a loss. I paid $599 for my PS3 in '07 and felt the cost was justified. Even at that price Sony was selling the PS3 at a loss. Extra controllers and software sales help offset that cost. Even now with Sony making a profit on "slim" PS3 sales they're making up for losses incurred in the development and early sales of the PS3. Part of that is peripherals.
Because you have to have it...
Dude, i got my controller with my xbox360 in 2006. The only reason i had to buy another one was because the i needed a wired one for the PC. I've never had to buy another one at all. Everything is online nowadays. And if me or my buddies decide to have a sit-off with a few games an beers; Well... It's BYOC. Yeah! Bring Your Own Controller!
I wish Sony would have at least updated the Dual shock. I just got a PS3, and think the 360's controller is so much better. I am looking into some 3rd party controllers to match the 360's feel.
I had to buy a new DS3 because the analog rubber on the right stick ripped off (the same thing happened to my 360 controller last year so it's probably the way I play) and was amazed they were 55 bucks. If I didn't already have GOW Collection it wouldn't have been so bad.
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