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Sony today cut the cost of the PlayStation 3, saving precious gaming pennies in the build up to the Chrimble season. Announced at the annual Gamescom event in Germany, the cuts bring the PS3 into line with its Microsoft counterpart. The UK price reduction, of roughly 17 per cent brings the 160GB PS3 to £200. The 320GB version …

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Hardly a bargain

You can pick a 4gig Xbox 360 up for around the £100 mark. If you don't do installs, that's just about adequate.

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Lol

Well, that makes that XBox overpriced junk then! For an extra £100 you get a reliable 3D capable Blu-ray player/games machine and a hard drive to download games onto. If you don't like the size of the hard drive then you can easily upgrade (do that on the XBox! Lol).

There is a reason the XBox is priced from about £100 - it is crap!

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Holmes

Shock, horror

Inferior machine is cheaper! :-O Well I never!

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Add in compared to PS3

Blu Ray

156GB more space

Won't go on any others such as processor

And it won't play any of the exclusives a lot of us are looking forward to

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WTF?

10 year lifespan??

I'd be surprised. Its pretty out of date already compared to current PC graphics cards and its only 5 years old. In 10 years time it'll look like something that should be in a museum.

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Doesn't have to be their flagship for 10 years.

Maybe they get another 2 years out of it before releasing PS4, and then maintain sales for 3 more years to catch the crowd that want a fairly posh console but don't want to blow the bank on the state-of-the-art device?

They sold PSOnes for a while after the PS2 was launched, and I'm certain PS2s were available for a long time after PS3. Makes perfect sense.

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In fairness

Consoles are behind PCs about 10 seconds after they're released, if they make it ahead at all. Thanks to the bloody X-box most games are still stuck on DirectX 9, while we're all sat on Windows 7 waiting for DirectX 11 games.

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You can still buy PS2's today

PS3's will make the 10 year life span.

Probably another slimming of the console in a year or two.

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less than £200

Amazon are selling the 160GB for £192 with free delivery and £257 for the 320GB

Bit of a billbargain for a very decent console and a very decent Blu-Ray player with very decent DVD upscaling abilities, a very decent on-demand TV service (BBC iPlayer, 4OD, ITV)...

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Slow pace of change?

So what's with the slower pace of change? In the 80s Atari released about three consoles in 9 years, 2600 (VCS), 5200 and 7800.

I thought Moore's law was still true, so you would imagine the hardware is still improving. I guess it is the software holding things back? Writing a game is such a big project now that it takes a long time to get people up to speed with a new console.

I would imagine this is why a lot of innovation (in terms of new characters and games) is happening on mobile device.

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Though we wish they hadn't...

...the 5200 was an absolute piece of crap.

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Lots of reasons

Cost - can't buy a new one too often.

Lead time - 2 years to write a AAA game.

Investment - make good use of the R&D.

Familiarity - change too often and people wil not change.

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Go

Finally!

A sign of deflation. Praise be!

Wait, what's that rustling sound? Did I wake up the money-printing dogs? DID I USHER IN THE GREEN APOCALYPSE?

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Interesting

Now they're getting to the level I'm willing to consider. Especially as I was considering getting a BD player as well.

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Tipping Point

The magic number reached, £200 for a blue ray spinner with all the added "PS3" stuff I think is a bargain now. Been waiting for the price to get down to justify the final part of the 360/Wii/PS3 trinity.

Now did I read somewhere I can use a 360 pad on the PS3, as my crippled fingers will not adapt to another controller design.....

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and me with a birthday coming up eh?

But is there a compelling reason to buy this device over, say, a kissBox360? Other than, of course, the opportunity to provide reams of personal data to strangers?

Genuine question btw.. as I would like a console once again.. but I don't know which one to buy..

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Lots of reasons

Uncharted series

Motorstorm series

Gran Turismo 5

Ratchet & Clank series

Little Big Planet series

Killzone series

Resistance series

Infamous series

Wipeout series

The ability to use a gun holding controllers on a few shooters

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Online or not?

If you want to go online and play with lots of friends, go for an XBOX360 as XBOX live is much better than Sony's offering.

If not, follow the advice given and get a PS3 - it's also a BluRay player and may run cooler and quieter than an XBOX360 (which is, after all, mostly a compact PC with graphics card).

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about personal data

Getting into PSN now is probably the safest thing you can do. Everyone strives to look sharp and attentive *after* a burglary.

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PS3 online is fine

Comes down simply to games.

How do you like your FPS space marines? Killzone or Halo?

What sort of TPS shooter do you like? Uncharted, SOCOM, MAG or Gears of War?

What sort of racer? GT5, Motorstorm, Modnation Racers or Forza?

Creative games? Little Big Planet or (sorry no idea)?

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Mystic Meg....

.....predicts at least one "Sony are evil" outburst in the comments regardless of the content of the article.

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WTF?

What?

No one posting a comment about how much better the Xbox360/Gaming PC/Wii/iPhone/Amiga/ZX81* is? I am disappointed.

*Delete as applicable

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€249=$249?

Bit of a poor exchange rate there. Shame on you Sony.

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Might be taxes

US quote without

UK with

Not sure on Earoles

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I dunno

If this was the US price INCLUDING sales taxes, it might be a bit poor, but I thought they usually didn't add them on to the RRP on press releases due to each state having different amounts of sales tax (I could be wrong though).

Then once we factor in that it's probably a lot lower to buy in the EU, but the price creeps back up when we add import taxes and other duties.

Seems roughly fair to me.

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Tax tax tax!

@wize you forget that after the $$$ rate, yanks have to add sales tax, where our price includes import tax & VAT.

Still sucks though, blame the Con-Dem alliance!

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so ...

Sony have now set their PS3 RRP to Amazon's pricing. The very same price I paid for my 250GB console nearly two years ago.

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How on earth is that price point in line with the Xbox?

As others have already posted, it is still way off isn't it?

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Eh?

XBox360 S 250Gb RRP ~£200

Sony PS3 160Gb RRP ~£200

I'd say that was more or less in line, you're swapping 90Gb in storage for a DVD->BluRay drive upgrade.

You'll probably get better bundles or deeper discounts on the XBox on the interwebs, but I'd expect that anyway from console that's a year older (and probably a year closer to refresh).

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nearly tempted

Might buy one then if its dvd region free. else stick with me ps2 for what i play games.

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nope

After an exhaustive investigation I discovered it aint DVD region free so ill just buy a cheap DVD player and forget a three in one Games machine and save $150 for beer tokens. and stick with me PS2 I only play ratchet and clank anyway.

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Ratchet & Clank

Call your self a fan and not have Tools of Destruction and Crack in Time.

MY R&C loving 11 year old has access to 9 different R&C games

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Nice cheap console!

Shame about the price of the games.

Steam anyone?

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Get Platinum ones

Loads of cheaper games.

eg both Uncharted in a pack for £25 on line

That said a lot are a bargain even at £40 or so if the game is good and you make use of it.

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Psh.

I'd be happier if they slashed the import restrictions on UK/Europe which were put in place because people were importing PS3s/PSPs before they were released [here.]

There's a lot of Japanese games I'd like to import and buy and their stupid attitude prevents me from doing so.

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