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SYDNEY, 6th October 2007 - Sony Computer Entertainment Australia (SCE Aust.) today announced details of its exciting new PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) model that will launch throughout Australia on 11th October 2007 at the highly attractive price of RRP AU$699.95 (for Australia) or NZ$799.95 (for New Zealand).

Providing an incredibly appealing entry point to the world of High Definition gaming and entertainment for the holiday season, the new PS3 brings the next generation of interactive home entertainment to homes across Australia.

Along with an ever expanding line-up of PS3 titles (a total of 65 titles tracking across all genres by Christmas), the new PS3 is equipped with a 40GB HDD and includes all the features central to the High Definition entertainment experience; true next generation gameplay, stunning High Definition Blu-ray Disc™ movies, SIXAXIS™ wireless controller, Wi-Fi and HDMI connectivity, all powered by the Cell Broadband Engine™, the digital heart of PS3.

As with the 60GB PS3, the new PS3 features upgradeable firmware allowing new features and functionality to be added to the system as time progresses. A recent firmware update, for example, enabled PS3 to upscale DVD's played on the system to full 1080P High Definition.

The introduction of the new PS3 has been determined following user feedback from thousands of existing PS3 owners as well as research into future potential PS3 owners. The new model features two USB 2.0 ports rather than four and no longer includes the multi memory card port.

The new model is no longer backwards compatible with PlayStation®2 titles, reflecting both the reduced emphasis placed on this feature amongst later purchasers of PS3, as well as the availability of a more extensive line-up of PS3 specific titles (a total of 65 titles across all genres by Christmas).


Source: nz.playstation.com

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  # 89797 6-Oct-2007 11:09

I don't understand how they can justify a price premium over australia, are the warranties international?  it wouldn't be too difficult to get one in Aus and visit the ATO on the way home for a rebate

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  # 89801 6-Oct-2007 12:04
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$799 is still too much money when the 360 is $650, I know, I know that the ps3 has wifi, HDMI, 20gb, Blu-Ray and more HDD space...

But the average consumer won't be looking at the features...

They will be looking at the price tag, and the games.

$650 for many many games, 
beats $799 with crap all.

I'm no 360 fanboy but right now the 360 is the thing to buy...


Although I will eventually buy a ps3 too :-P



 
 
 
 


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# 89824 6-Oct-2007 15:07
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SNicolle: I don't understand how they can justify a price premium over australia, are the warranties international? it wouldn't be too difficult to get one in Aus and visit the ATO on the way home for a rebate


AU$700 is NZ$825 today so it's actually going to be cheaper here, Australian GST is less than ours as well.


No doubt it will come down again pre-xmas or early next year.





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  # 89827 6-Oct-2007 15:16
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makes for a cheap bluray player and a PVR later on when they add the DVB-T dual tuner addon.

I dont play games but this is attractive for a media device.




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  # 89830 6-Oct-2007 15:39
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Yeah it does actually, I think I will pick one up later next year, Upgrade the HDD and use it as a PVR.

My 360 is good for gaming...

Although with GT5 and MGS4... :-D

$800 is a lot less than $1200, when you see $1200 you just think thats way too much.

I have never owned a ps2 so I don't have any games that I need for BC, although it would be nice I guess just in case if I want to play MGS1, 2 and 3, but then I could always just borrow a ps2...

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  # 89912 7-Oct-2007 09:47
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So the 60GB is falling to around $950 right?  $150 more for 2 games, extra controler, BC and 20GB sounds much better

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  # 89947 7-Oct-2007 15:31
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barf: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Price_skimming


When I got my first PC ('90) keyboards and mice were selling for $150 each (total system cost $3000 from the absolutely cheapest place that didn't run out of their garage) and now they are 10-20% of that. I don't think that economies of scale were an issue - they were being manufactured by the millions so development costs per item would have been low.

I'm interested in any theories as to why the price has continued to drop, alternatively why it was so much in the first place.

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  # 90345 9-Oct-2007 21:13
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Timestyles, those are two very different issues. The PC (and for that matter, the keyboard and mouse) is a very different animal today to those bought almost two decades ago - major technological advances have changed the face of consumer electronics. Price skimming is a practice which has [b]always[/b] been used in electronics retailing, particularly with 'cutting edge' type products. It's done simply to extract the most value from customers who insist on having everything first (known as 'early adopters', or more commonly, 'chumps'). Marketing folk are not fools, and are well aware that the economic model can be bent and broken, severely affecting marginal revenues versus marginal costs.

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  # 90412 10-Oct-2007 10:42
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macuser: So the 60GB is falling to around $950 right? $150 more for 2 games, extra controler, BC and 20GB sounds much better


Im guessing this was purely speculation? I cant find anywhere thats stating they are dropping the 60gb models price.. still stating $1199 for the 60gb which is a complete rip off compared to the 40gb

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  # 90430 10-Oct-2007 11:42
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The only thing i would use a ps3 is for the BlueRay and  the PVR if it has the same functionality as my MCE,


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  # 90443 10-Oct-2007 12:16
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Read my blog post about Sony's 40GB PS3 Backward Compatibility for PS2 titles, one noteworthy point is, Sony could support PS2 BC but they don't want to.




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  # 90470 10-Oct-2007 14:16
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Great read chiefie,

i tried to dig the story, and it all went horribly wrong for some reason,



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  # 91034 14-Oct-2007 21:55
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garvani:
macuser: So the 60GB is falling to around $950 right? $150 more for 2 games, extra controler, BC and 20GB sounds much better


Im guessing this was purely speculation? I cant find anywhere thats stating they are dropping the 60gb models price.. still stating $1199 for the 60gb which is a complete rip off compared to the 40gb

It should be falling to that point by Xmas, at least that is what I've heard from several Sony reps.




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  # 91704 19-Oct-2007 14:29
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The 60g model is selling like mad in the UK at 350. Free games & BC are clearing the shelves quickly, only 11% of the boces sold last month were the 40g version, which is poorer value.

As to BC, I doubt the PS3 could emulate the EE and GS (GS has mad internal bandwidth etc) but even if it can, Sony have said its not going to, so thats the end of. Buy a PS2 they say. Well from the latest NPD numbers in the US Many still are...

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