I dislike Joystiq, it’s bias and its coverage of E3 sucked. Kotoku was way better, its coverage was excellent.
That said, here’s a piece on the super expensive Playstation 3. Filled with ‘over the pond’ American humour. How amusing. Excuse me while I remove Joystiq from my ‘daily sites’ folder.
425 Sony? You really think this is going to sell? Are you crazy? This is a boost for the 360 and the Wii.
Sony has officially announced the U.K. price of the Playstation 3 as Â£425, representing the fully featured PS3 which comes in at $599 in the U.S. and 599 EUR in Europe. GamesIndustry.biz suggests that Sony won’t be selling the cut down model over the pond, although this isn’t confirmed. The PS3’s price in England is higher than the console’s price in the United States and Europe but we’re not entirely surprised by this: British consumers are used to paying more for their consoles (although traditionally the U.K. gets identical or lower prices compared to Europe). Here’s a breakdown of the U.K. premium over U.S. and EU prices:
* Â£109 more than the U.S. “Premium” PS3: the U.S. price is $599 which converts to Â£316. Take this away from Â£425 and you’re left with a Â£109 premium.
* Â£20 more than the EU “Premium” PS3: the EU price is 599 EUR which converts to Â£405. Take this away from Â£425 and you’re left with a Â£20 premium
Now check out the price when compared to the Xbox 360:
* Â£146 more than Xbox 360 Premium: the Xbox 360 Premium is Â£279. Take away this figure from the PS3’s Â£425 price and you’re left with a Â£146 premium.
* Â£206 more than Xbox 360 Core: the Xbox 360 Core is Â£219. Take away this figure from the PS3’s Â£425 price and you’re left with a Â£206 premium.