No PS3 price drop Down Under

SCE Australia says local PS3 price will not drop in line with Japanese market.

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SYDNEY--When Ken Kutaragi last week announced that the 20GB-hard-drive-equipped model of the PlayStation 3 was getting a price drop in Japan, Australian gamers anxiously held their breath to see if Sony would apply the same drop here.

But just like gamers in the US, it seems Aussies won't be getting a discount. Sony Computer Entertainment Australia spokesman Adrian Christie told GameSpot AU today that the price of the PlayStation 3 in Australia would stay the same--A$829.95 ($623.50) for the 20GB-equipped model and A$999.95 ($751) for the 60GB-hard-drive model.

Christie, however, did confirm news that all 20GB PS3 units sold in Australia will now sport an HDMI port. HDMI is an all-digital audio/video connection that was previously limited to the more expensive 60GB PS3.

Kutaragi used his Tokyo Game Show keynote speech to unveil news that the 20GB PS3 model would retail for 49,980 yen ($429) in Japan at launch on November 11, about 10,000 yen ($85) cheaper than previously stated.

Discussion

68 comments
ObiKKa
ObiKKa

My mistake. I actually meant to say that the Xbox 360 costs a bit above US$800 in Denmark according to some guy living there. So that basically means that the PS3 will be much more costly than that price (!) there & elsewhere!

TVR_Fan
TVR_Fan

I reckon a UK price drop will happen next.

DarkDamo
DarkDamo

people are complaining that the PS3 is wayyyyy too expensive, yet i was out today and i saw a 360 [20gb hdd one] for $650, a PS3 is superior to the 360 so it should be expensive, its only just coming out and its only $200 more, it doesnt seem THAT much compared to a console that has been out 2 years already

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

That sux. here in nz ps3 is $1200nzd ($792) and the games are $130nzd ($85) those prices make pc much more attractive as it could get a full midrange pc system for the price of ps3, and a upgrade of what i already have would be a lot less. you guys in america need to stop complaining about $600.

_Sam_
_Sam_

that's too bad

Kantwon
Kantwon

Whatcha doing Sony not giving us a price. Whatcha doing Sony.

tatu2004
tatu2004

i guess the UK won't have a price drop guess we get ripped off by sony...

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

751USD for the good model sheesh, how do you guys ever buy any new electronics? I really dont understand how they justify the price difference since its gotta be cheaper to transport them by ship than to fly them across the pacific.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

I think it's not really fair not to see any price drop if Japan is adopting it ... just doesn't make any sense!

pashark
pashark

PS3 without HDMI? Better PS2 then... Next gen on std display.. It's possible, but not so exciting.

TryMe01
TryMe01

the PS3 will never become as popular as the PS2 did in Australia, eventhough the PS2 did sell for about $700 when it first launched in Australia (oh how i remember those high prices). Hopefully Microsoft and Nintendo Australia take advantage of this and make their console cheaper. I mean a $400 Wii is just too damn much!!!

ObiKKa
ObiKKa

I live in Australia, but apparently the mainland Europe is getting more ripped off by the price of the PS3, as well as poor old New Zealand! One guy mentioned that it costs something like US$823 in Denmark, or whatever. Also, remember that the income of most of the people in Europe, except for the UK, & probably the big countries like Spain, Germany (I don't know much about the wealth of the middle class there), have only limited incomes or don't spend themselves way too much into debts (hence, why inflation rates are better there than in the US or AUS). The PS3's pricing is stupid & will not get popular support in Europe, & especially the Pacific Oceania, I think. The Xbox 360 & Wii will win outside of Japan & the US, while the Xbox 360 will be even with the PS3 or better than it in North America. These consoles only have an average 6 years of singular lifespan, not more like the PCs, so the pricing is too high in many places.

ftjx
ftjx

I think the price drop is just publicity. Sony needs some good news and from an economical point it makes no real difference.....

Bathyj
Bathyj

Sorry if I touch a nerve Jigglyt1ts Not my intention. I was mearly trying to point out that there has been ALOT of complaining (you cant deny that) about Japan getting price cuts and USA not, (Price cuts on 20,000 units which no one wanted to buy anyway.) And in pointing that out, making a few people realise others have it worse and would gladly trade places with you. I am neither ignorant, nor intolerant. I think its intollerant and ignorant to whinge about these cuts and fail to realise that Japan may get gouged for the other 80,000 units. Shops can charge whatever they want. There is no set price. And they 4 times less stock than USA. Do you think you'll be paying more, or less than them? Look, I'm just a bit sick that gamers have it soooooo good these days, and all we seem to do is complain about it. Me included. (I tend to complain more about people complaining without just cause, and only to enlighten or improve attitudes and opinions. I dont often complain about games makers or hardware developers. Anyway.) If it bothers me so much I should just stop reading Gamespot. OUCH That fair enough I s'pose. As for my last comment you rebutted "PS. Shame on you. Its NEVER a bad time to be AUSTRALIAN !!! " I stand by that. What I mean is, I dont care if PS3 is $1500. I dont care if its 2 Grand. (I do really). I dont care if Arrmegeddon happens and it rains frogs, and the seas boil and GW becomes Prime Minister............ I'd still rather be Aussie. ;)

monkkito
monkkito

Man that sucks for aussies, i don't think they should have to pay more for the same product, why should they? and why should we, in the US, for that matter. This "world wide launch" (yeah right) should also have one world wide price

mrbean667
mrbean667

NONONONONONONONONOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

daqua_99
daqua_99

Meh, I'm not getting one anyway ...

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

"It's kind of like how it's a bad time to be an American when there are so many people like you in the world that feel they have to spout statements like the one I quoted earlier. " In the words of Joy from "My Name Is Earl"...OH SNAP!!! But seriously...You American, UK, Aussie and other region PS3 wanters, other then Japan of course, should seriously think about boycotting. It doesn't seem fair that the smaller gaming market, the gaming market that's been in a state of decline lately, gets the lower price where the larger gaming markets that are keeping Sony afloat get the screw job. I know you guys want it, hell I want one eventually, but Sony needs to know that it needs to take care of the consumers that are its life blood these days, and that's not the Japanese market. -=x

Jigglytits
Jigglytits

"pfft that's nothing, in New Zealand, only 3 hours away from aussie, we gotta pay $1299.00 for our PS3's!!!, now that's absurd! it's all to do with the exchange rates i beleive and coupled in with a bit of nieveity, And POW were screwed!" -spyrewolf Ouch, that's a killer. "See, you can't hear yourself think for all the american crying over prices, but do they consider anyone but themselves?" -Bathyj Wow, that was a pretty ignorant and intolerant statement. "They are getting it 4 months eariler and about 25% cheaper, but do we complain?" -Bathyj Yes. "PS. Shame on you. Its NEVER a bad time to be AUSTRALIAN !!! " -Bathyj It is when you have to shell out $829.95 ( $623.50) for the cheap PS3. It's kind of like how it's a bad time to be an American when there are so many people like you in the world that feel they have to spout statements like the one I quoted earlier.

i_amtrunks
i_amtrunks

and the people at Microsoft AU and Nintendo AU laugh a little harder.

Kwzy
Kwzy

I spend US$ 4.000 on a HDTV Sony LCD 40' just to play that damn console!! now, Iam not going back only to save 100 bucks and buy an already surpassed X360... no way

Gamepro2421
Gamepro2421

they are just giving japan the price cut because they are only shipping 100,000 consoles to them and 400,000 to us. Just Sony's way of shutting them up.

Bathyj
Bathyj

See, you can't hear yourself think for all the american crying over prices, but do they consider anyone but themselves? NO. They are getting it 4 months eariler and about 25% cheaper, but do we complain? The bottomline is, you dont have to buy it, but personaly, I cant wait til March. Its only money. I'll be lining up at EB at Midnight, probably take 2 or 3 days off work. Plus there will 4 or 5 launch games I will want (Unheard of for a launch) Xbox doesn't have that many must have games NOW and it has a year head start. So in March I'll probably be spending about $1500 but who cares its worth it. I already bought a $4000 TV just to play it on. PS. Shame on you. Its NEVER a bad time to be AUSTRALIAN !!!

SilV3RSix
SilV3RSix

Aw Krickey!! Oh wait... For that price, no wonder Kutaragi was spewing all that junk about its peripheral capability. But for advertising it as a PC, its got a smallish HD (60 GB), no monitor, no burning capabilities, no kb/m, no speakers, no productivity software... hmmm

brantothehizzam
brantothehizzam

whoa i didnt know how expensive things there were-$999.95 ($751) for the 60GB-hard-drive model. - i feel your pain

FallenAngel
FallenAngel

623 USD for the cheaper model? OUCH! :O

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

Good deal or no, it's still expensive for what it is and if they make it too cheap they'll hurt themselves to such an extent that it'll be difficult to support or justify. But that's how they trick you. They make you think you're getting a good deal when there's a good chance you won't even exploit it to its full potential. Are you going to buy Blu ray movies, too, or just the games? Also. Why just Japan? Could it be that they are afraid they'll lose the Japanese Market? Or because they simply like Japan more than us?

Basez2
Basez2

That is very expensive for Australia... yet we see the American market complaining!:|

classic_rocker
classic_rocker

suks 2 live there $600 and $700 and were complaining about $500

StarfoxmCloud
StarfoxmCloud

That is a big price, but lower and Sony will lose more money 4 eveyr console sold, so I'm not surprised??? If the price of a Blu-Ray player is any guide, than to make a console that can play Blu-Ray and price it at half the price of a BR player seems a good deal

Drizzle
Drizzle

No price drom for New Zealand then either. And I agree with gokuxdbz2. Looking at what they have under the hood, we are getting one heck of a bargain. What people are asking for is something cheap and they ain't gonna get it.

gokuxdbz2
gokuxdbz2

people look the Ps3 and 360 are underpriced and both companies are already losing money so be glad it not $800 for the cheap ones. Only the Wii is making money even though it is overprice. So if not have the money just buy a Wii for now and wait till the price drop next year hopefully.

ShockG707
ShockG707

AU has some of the highest taxes ( if not the highest) of all the countrys. Its up to the Aussies to stop getting screwed.

assassinX01
assassinX01

Those prices are pretty steep, but for the next year or two, australia will have a pretty limited supply to begin with, which will undoubtly be gobbled up by any hard core supporters. As long as the console is down to a reasonable price by next christmas this really won't make an impact one way or the other.

rctyke
rctyke

Well here is the obvious thing, the PS3 is made by the kind of people that got the discount (japan), and importing isn't a cheap thing, and anyways, it's WAY cheaper to get it from your nearby retail store, rather than to go to japan just to get a discount japanese PS3.

emorule
emorule

Wow Sony is going to have problems selling it for that price i think

kruegersc4
kruegersc4

UMCP: 'Xbox 360 is 400 dollars.. kruegersc4... duh?' I wasn't comparing it to the 360 at all. I was just stating my dissapointment with the console prices this gen. I don't see why you assumed I was pointing out anything to do with the 360. P.S. I like Apple too. ;)

Terran499
Terran499

Thats insane for a PS3. How the h*ll can they sell it at that price. Better be bundled with tow or three games.

alsha3er78
alsha3er78

why would anyone pay that much ?? what is the average income there ? is 4 times the U.S. income ??

spyrewolf
spyrewolf

**Well, this is certainly a bad time to be Australian. Those prices are absurd. ** pfft that's nothing, in New Zealand, only 3 hours away from aussie, we gotta pay $1299.00 for our PS3's!!!, now that's absurd! it's all to do with the exchange rates i beleive and coupled in with a bit of nieveity, And POW were screwed!

UMCP
UMCP

.... Xbox 360 is 400 dollars.. kruegersc4... duh?

kruegersc4
kruegersc4

Bloody Barf! Can't sony make it $300 already?

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

those prices are absurd... what causes such a high price jack for Australia?

alsha3er78
alsha3er78

what a rip off. they have to pay U.S.$ 750 for the 60 gb ps3. and we thought we were getting ripped off here in the U.S. is sony trying to make up their loses on the ps3 by raping those poor aussies.