Sony announces 80GB PS3
But only in Korea
Sony is indeed preparing an 80GB PlayStation 3, the company confirmed today, but so far it's only due to go on sale in South Korea.
A posting on the consumer electronics giant's Korean website today reveals the local version of the next-gen games console will sport the 80GB hard drive that first appeared in a US Federal Communications Commission filing a couple of months ago.
Sony's PS3: 80GB in Korea, 60GB elsewhere
Koreans will be able to get their hands on the machine on 16 June for KRW518,000 ($555/£281/€411) before tax - once more, rather less than the Brits and others pay for the 60GB model.
Beyond the extra 20GB of storage, the Korean PS3 is identical to the version that shipped in Europe and other PAL TV territories in March. So that means it too lacks the full PS2 and PSOne backwards compatibility of the US and Japanese models.
I would agree with wages being less in the states but it depends where you go and anybody who has recently been will notice the sharp rise in costs in general, e.g glass of Stella (not a pint, about as much as you get in a bottle of bud/becks) $4.50, that works out at around the $9.00 per pint or £4.50 in our money, the place aint as cheap as people harp on these days.
Regards PS1 being launched at £400, it was actually launched at £299.99 and came with playable demos of Demolition Derby and some soppy platform game among others.
The crux of the matter is, a lesser console for more money, they are stiffing us and even if it does come down in price, by the time it does we could be looking at another dead format like the Philips CDI or the Panasonic 3D0 so you wont be able to get any games for it. Given that some software houses have pulled out of development for the PS3 already, this could run true and serve them right.
Come the revolution, brothers unite, lets dig up Wat Tyler, He'll know what to do.
Trains, Planes and PS3
I went onto Ebay, and posted a wanted a PS3 at £310 including delivery, I got loads of responses. Why do we have always pay more in Europe. The sad truth is , we pay more in this country because manufacturing think they can get away with it. But this time...its backfired. Sony needs to get this excellent piece hardware into peoples homes. How you may ask... They have too lower the price of the console under £300 mark, and include a game or two and they have to do this before 2008. Microsoft have only really two games that sell the Xbox , Halo and Forza nothing else. The PS3 ports seem to be more fluid than its Windows XP counterpart. The CEO of Sony needs to listen to the market before the rot sets in. Im a punter who wants a PS3. I wont by it at the price released I will wait until December like most. I thought the Xbox 360 Premium was expensive on release and still is, so why would any buy PS3 for £400 and not buy a PC or 2 excellent Nintendo WII (if you can find any). Sony needs to sort itself out and its such an easy thing to fix... Maybe Sony should offer me job....
Short Term Memory....
Maybe it's me, maybe I was the last of the people around when the first Playstation came out (yeah I'm that old!), but it launched at £400.00 (with no games, single controller and no memory card) and slowly over 22 months dropped to the £149 bracket, all the while beign filled with cheaper and cheaper components...gold-plated contacts, SVHS/Comp outputs, seperate internals...sound familar to anyone?
Before they were launched here in the UK, we used to sell "gray" (or is that "grey") imports for £1k....try playing Ridge Racer and Tekken when everything is in Japanese....it's not meant for mass market, but hard-core gamers...you don't like it, don't buy it
no region code
on the software title on PS 3
I think that is the only good point of a PS 3
what you all dont seem to grasp is that although we appear to be paying more for it in reality we arnt... in the states their income is less than ours generally, so its fixed on that.. also exchange rates have to be taken into account, the £ is very strong against most cuurencies so where always going to look bad
and as for the comment about sony run by idiots.. if you think you can do better then why not start up a company yourself and see how easy it is