PS3 price and release date

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    http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/05/08/D8HG0N881.html

    Playstation 3 to Have Two Price Points

    May 08 11:24 PM US/Eastern

    By MATT SLAGLE
    AP Technology Writer


    CULVER CITY, Calif.


    Sony Corp. will launch its new PlayStation 3 console in November, in two versions aimed at keeping the company's dominance in gaming.

    The PS3 will launch Nov. 11 in Japan and seven days later in the United States and Europe, Sony officials said Monday night at a news conference.

    There will be two versions: one sporting a 20 gigabyte hard drive for $499 and another with a 60 gigabyte drive for $100 more. Officials said they would have 4 million units ready by the end of 2006 and another 6 million by March 31, 2007.

    "We're really trying to push what this machine is capable of," said Phil Harrison, president of Sony Computer Entertainment's Worldwide Studios.

    Sony also showed off the PS3's new controller, which looks similar to the one for the older PlayStation 2 but adds motion sensors to detect six degrees of movement. In a demonstration, the controller was used to pilot a jet fighter.

    Earlier this year, Sony delayed the system's release from the spring until the fall.

    Most of the more than two-hour meeting was spent showing off new PS3 games, including a demonstration high-definition version of the racing game "Grand Turismo" and the sword fighting action game "Heavenly Sword."

    The starting price of the PS3 is still $100 more than the current top- of-the-line Xbox 360.

    But Sony executives touted what they claim are competitive advantages, such as the PS3's speedy "Cell" processor, the console's Blu-ray disk format for high-definition video and an online network that will include video chat and micropayments.

    The Xbox 360 got an early start on the next-generation console wars and has sold 3.2 million units worldwide since it was released in November. But until recently, Microsoft Corp. has been unable to meet demand.

    The presentation came just two days before the ongoing battle for living room dominance resumes at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, the video game industry's largest annual conference.

    Nintendo and Microsoft, with their competing Wii and Xbox 360 systems, plan similar news conferences Tuesday.

    Pricing and other details remain sketchy on Nintendo's Wii (pronounced "We"), which uses a unique TV-style remote controller that can be waved around to manipulate action on the screen.

    This year's E3 conference comes with the industry in financial turmoil as it transitions from older systems to the new consoles. Much of it has been blamed on consumers' desire to hold out for the PS3 and Wii.

    The period has been especially brutal for key game makers like Electronic Arts Inc., which recently lost $16 million in its fiscal fourth quarter. EA predicts video game sales industrywide would be flat to down 5 percent in 2006.

    According to market research firm NPD Group, overall video game sales dropped 5 percent to $7 billion in the United States last year.

    During last year's E3, Sony executives proudly showed pretty video clips of supposed PS3 games but very little in the way of actual game play. The same was true for the Nintendo Wii and the Xbox 360.

    Expect a more hands-on approach this year, with attendees finally getting a chance to play games on the new systems, said Doug Lowenstein, president of the Entertainment Software Association, which organizes E3.

    "You'll be able to kick the tires and see what's under the hood," he said. "It's no longer about specs. This is about performance, this is about `What do you have to show me?'"

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    Does Sony really think people are going to spend $100 more for PS3?
     
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    Yes.
    Faster cell processor and Blu-ray is what they are banking on.
    Expect to pay up to $20 more per game with Blu-ray too.
     
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    There are far too many dummies out there that will actually pay this ridiculous price for a video game system. Sony is charging it because they know they can.

    I'm a loyal Sony fan, but screw them for this. Seriously.
     
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    A friend of mine passed this to me.
    Dirtbags
     
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    I don't get the whole game thing myself. What's the point?
     
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    - Experiencing what comes from ones imagination.
    - Entertainment
    - Better than watching TV
    - Competition
     
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    I think games are fun, but no matter how fun it is, there will never be a video game worth a $600 initial investment. I'll wait three years til it's $200 like I did with the PS2.
     
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    I might consider switching back to being a PC gamer
     
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