PS3 bundle-palooza opens with $1,000-plus pack

European retailer Play.com lists 60GB PlayStation 3 with three games for 549 pounds ($1,016).

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In the completely unsurprising department, the first PlayStation 3 bundle from an online retailer has hit the Net, and it's expensive. Gamers who thought the initial Xbox 360 bundles were pricey at a minimum of $600 should sit down before reading the next sentence. Play.com is selling the PlayStation 3 with the 60GB hard drive and three games for 549 pounds, roughly $1,016. The three games included are Warhawk, Formula One 06, and SingStar--perfect for gamers who like air combat, driving, and karaoke games.

Of course the PlayStation 3, like most gaming products, will be more expensive across the pond relative to the US market. The 60GB PS3 was announced to launch in Europe for 599 euros or 425 pounds, which is the American equivalent of $758 and $799, respectively.

Assuming the previously reported 425-pound price point is to remain true in the UK, it would mean that Play.com would be selling the three games for 124 pounds ($230), or just over 41 pounds per game (just over $76). The early bird also won't necessarily get the worm--Play.com does not guarantee delivery of the bundles before Christmas.

Sticker shock isn't likely to be done yet. Gamers may remember the ridiculous $4,499 Xbox 360 bundles that were released, which included a 42-inch plasma screen television. Bundles are the perfect way for retailers to make some extra cash with high-demand items, and it's likely that online retailers will have similar ideas for both the PS3 and Nintendo's Wii.

And American shoppers should remember, this is all before tax and shipping charges.

Discussion

923 comments
jeffv541
jeffv541

I bought this game, just so I could take a dump all over it. Then I fed it to an alligator.

scrawneystick
scrawneystick

I've pre-ordered from play but I'm not sure what number I am in the waiting line. I pre-ordered in August so fingers crossed for getting it on the March release date.

Solidesnake2004
Solidesnake2004

cknewdeal My Response: I can agree to that!! bundles...are another excuese to either A... get you what you want for a higher or lower price on the items included...or B... don't get what you want...ditto...ditto...ditto..

DoubleDragon1
DoubleDragon1

That's just crazy. I can buy a new PC with that money rather than a first generation PS3 that I'm willing to bet will have some form of hardware issue that will be ironed out in later versions. Just too pricey for my taste.

dougal_670
dougal_670

I would probably buy da console n a cuple of games but i would only get f1 06 out of dose games, i will probably get it from, game n get my choice of games i will get call of duty 3, haze n resistance fall of man

jumpman14
jumpman14

I won't ever spend that much money on any system.

9paa
9paa

the ps3 is expensive but the bundles not too bad. the games cost around 41 pounds each, but 360 games cost between 40 and 50 pounds each. considering ps3 games are on an entirely new format i think the games are much more reasonably priced that microsoft's

DarakSoran
DarakSoran

"Play.com is selling the PlayStation 3 with the 60GB hard drive and three games for 549 pounds, roughly $1,016...And American shoppers should remember, this is all before tax and shipping charges." - GameSpot (http://www.gamespot.com/news/6152862.html?tag=nl.e513) "For instance, take the Samsung HL-R6167 (720p resolution) vs. the step-up HL-R6168 (1080p). At buy.com, the 6167 is currently going for $3,500 while the 6168 is $4,500." - CNET (http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-6449_7-6361600-1.html) 60GB PS3 + 3 games($1,000) + 1080p HDTV(4,500) = $5,500 For that amount of cash on the TV you might be wanting to get the most out of it too right? Blue-Ray Players to enjoy the 1080p res. "$1,000 (subject to change)...$1,500 (high-end model, subject to change)" Blue-ray.com Blue-ray Discs to watch on the above players "On April 10, 2006 TDK announced in a press release that it began shipping 25 GB BD-R and BD-RE media (at prices of $19.99 USD and $24.99 USD respectively)" - Wikipedia Blue-ray disc entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu-ray_Disc) ^---thats for the 25 Gig without any media on it... CTV's report on the blue-ray technology stated that the DVD's would cost $50+ lets just say you want 10 movies... $5,500 + $1,000 to $1,500 + (($50+)x 10) = $7,000 to $7,500 Personally, even if I had that kind of money, I wouldn't spend 7+ grand just so i could count all the hairs on some old guy's mustache... Yes i'm buying the Wii, but I am not going to start saying how great it is in comparison. Nintendo already stated that they are not going to participate in this war so I wont bring them into it. But you should all know that the PS3 really is the P$3. BTW, anyone remember the sony beta?

Swampthing
Swampthing

um... dudes... keep in mind that the prices quotes are with VAT included. The Brits add their VAT to the regular price of an item, so if you want to compare actual prices, you need to compare our prices WITH tax added.

toxicbill
toxicbill

I think it is a really good bundle pack, but the price is WAY to high for me, a $600 PS3 is about the limit I will pay for a console.

Doogle117
Doogle117

A 360 costs 275 pounds in Britain, a 360 costs 400 dollars in America. When we convert 275 we get 509.2175 U.S. dollars. Thats an increase of 109.2175. You can't simply just convert the prices.

Doogle117
Doogle117

jonesmiller That was the first time I heard about Mass Effect. I don't care if it comes to the PS3 personally, I would prefer to get MGS and Killzone. Im sure there will be plenty of RPG's appearing on both consoles so don't worry about PS3 RPG fans. I suppose they'll have to settle with Final Fantasy. Why are you here talking about the PS3's price anyway. Shouldn't you be playing your 360, I know if I had a PS3 I would be playing it right now instead of talking to a 360 fan.

Pfilosophy
Pfilosophy

It sounds like a lot of money (and it is) because it's converting from pounds. Buy a single dvd from England and it'll be the same thing. God, you guys. Really.

greywolfz1
greywolfz1

I haven't spent that much on my 360 yet. I got a launch bundle and I now have 7 games. This makes me feel especially bad for the Sony early adopters, considering Sony's track record with new optical media drives, this means they'll be spending another 500 or so in a year after that. Better get your class action lawsuit together earlier this time.

jonesmiller
jonesmiller

---> Doogle117 Seriously I feel sorry for that you won

Doogle117
Doogle117

I'll have Warhawk, Resistance, Metal Gear and Gran Turismo so I don't give a flying f... about 360

Doogle117
Doogle117

jonesmiller.KoruKinshi said the games were bad. What I said was people buy them, thats what counts anyway, I didn't say those games are good, I don't like DMC or FF but others do, they are good games but not in my opinion.

Doogle117
Doogle117

KoruKinshi you said "Final Fantasy: Went to the dogs" thats your opinion, it still sells really well. "Gran Turismo: Lost my interest" lost YOUR interest I didn't realise the entire gaming market relies on you, GT also sells really well. "Tekken: GARBAGE PERIOD" once again thats YOUR opinion, people still buy it. DMC sells really well in Japan, in fact all of the above games do. "Call of Duty 2, Project Gotham 3, Forza 2, Dead or Alive 4, Halo 3 (upcoming), Neo Geo Battle Colosseum, King of Fighters XI (confirmed to be released on the 360), Xbox Live Arcade" COD3 is coming out on the PS3, you mention games you like, I never knew the 2D market was so big, those games appeal to you. All the games I mentioned don't necessarily interest me but they sell thats the point.

Gamerzk
Gamerzk

does it mean warhowk is a lounch title????? oh, and its not that expensive...... i live in europe and ipay about 75$ for each PS2 game...

VenomousOne
VenomousOne

All I can think of right now is a bunch of curse words.

KoruKinshi
KoruKinshi

Macke88: Proof...NOW. Or shove it.

magicmo
magicmo

I'm not paying for hype. I've never had to be the first kid on my block for anything. I can wait.

Macke88
Macke88

Hey, at least it's a better console than X360 and Wii! ;) (Hope it burned all of u fanboys rly gd) :P

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

the bloody 'ell. are you all goin' on about? i'm from the uk and everybody rips us off like this and we're used to it so stop tryin' to rub it in cuz it ain't workin'. Crickey.

ZahrimThoth
ZahrimThoth

I hate bundles...the only game good in this bundle is Warhawk.

ten6
ten6

Its not like it will last for like another 10years! ridiculous!

agreatDrEvil
agreatDrEvil

and all games (some are less) are no more than

CommanderLYNX
CommanderLYNX

bgres077 Sweet, probably totally worth it compared to the 360 - What do you know? The

Cole2026
Cole2026

Anyone sit back and read what they write? Take a deep breath and buy the consoles you want, don't be stupid and listen to speculation like this (Play.Com is just speculating the price, I don't understand why an apparent professional journalist would write this here.), and don't call people fanboys. Anyone who calls anyone a fanboy is somewhere along the line a fanboy themselves. Why the hell do these console wars get so stupid, I swear once new ones are announced all the stupid people come out and the internet is b0rked until the consoles are released, O_o

grnidbandit
grnidbandit

evilyoda861 Bandi your an idiot. Just becuase where you live 20 PS3 that only dumbasses get does not mean thats how it is for the rest. Only dumbasses get the PS3, and the bundle for it. Dumbasses. period. There is no need for 18 freakin pages for this. Geez learn how to talk right first, i see you have only rated 2 games for the 360, thats pathetic, does that mean you have only played two games so far? get a life man, your dissing the PS3 for one reason and that is mommy refuses to buy you another console, and from the looks of it, some more games for the 360 :) moron

fastgamer01
fastgamer01

well not that bad if you think the 360 was

KoruKinshi
KoruKinshi

Sorry for doubling. I almost forgot to mention the Wii as well...which has full access to ALL Nintendo libraries, Sega Genesis libraries, AND Turbo Duo libraries! Along with guaranteed support by SNK, and everyone else that Sony is too snobbish to accept. Their system is even LESS than the 360, and still provides just as much fun! If I ever was a fanboy of any system, it would've been the Dreamcast, may it rest in peace. But now with this console war, my money's going to Microsoft and Nintendo. Sony can choke on their own filth for all I care now.

KoruKinshi
KoruKinshi

((KoruKinshi you said PS3 has no good games, what has the 360 got? Halo, wow good at first but gets boring fast, plus Halo 2 brought nothing new to the series, what can we expect from the next one?, but yet again it will be will be carrying the XBOX name, two of the 360's best games GRAW and COD are NOT exclusive. Perfect Dark is terrible, 10 times worse than the original. But thats no good if PS3 has no good games lets see what they have, Metal Gear, Final Fantasy, Gran Turismo, Killzone, Devil May Cry, Tekken to list a few of the exclusive reliables. Then it has the new games Warhawk and Resistance: Fall of Man, not to mention your precious non exclusive COD and GRAW. So really we should complain that the 360 has "no good games".)) ...Okay....okay....*calms self* I've been a gamer for the past 20 years now, all right? I started with an Atari 2600. I'll bet I've got more experiene with GOOD games, than you EVER hoped to have! Metal Gear: Excellent series. Yes, I agree with you there. Final Fantasy: Went to the dogs when VII came out. FF 6 and Tactics WERE THE LAST GOOD FINAL FANTASIES. Gran Turismo: Lost my interest after 2. Project Gotham Racing more than replaced it. And with Forza Motorsport, and Forza 2, I've all but forgotten about GT. Killzone: Garbage compared to Halo. Tekken: GARBAGE PERIOD. Even more broken than MvC 2, if that's even possible. Devil May Cry: Not a bad series. Missed BADLY with DMC 2, but I agree with the other guy that Ninja Gaiden was much better than the DMC series, and a hell of a lot more challenging. What I will give PS2 is the upcoming RPG Valkyrie Profile 2. That will be a divine RPG, indeed. Star Ocean 3 severly disappointed me, much to my dismay. Now, for the Xbox/360 Call of Duty 2, Project Gotham 3, Forza 2, Dead or Alive 4, Halo 3 (upcoming), Neo Geo Battle Colosseum, King of Fighters XI (confirmed to be released on the 360), Xbox Live Arcade. Need I say more? BTW, Sony had a stick up it's ass against 2D for quite some time now. Also, if you compare 2D games for the PS2 with the Xbox, or even the Dreamcast...it looks HORRID. Sony wouldn't even bring the Metal Slug series to their system, but Xbox would?!? I could care less about what the PS3 has to offer! The only thing that interests me is Metal Gear 4...and again, it is NOT enough for me to buy the system JUST FOR ONE GAME. At least have some decent taste in games, for crying out loud...

69GOD69
69GOD69

yes it does,you know you're gonna trade in your 360 for one fanboy!

evilyoda861
evilyoda861

Bandi your an idiot. Just becuase where you live 20 PS3 that only dumbasses get does not mean thats how it is for the rest. Only dumbasses get the PS3, and the bundle for it. Dumbasses. period. There is no need for 18 freakin pages for this.

ganondorf_002
ganondorf_002

Wii can't be stopped. Wii are the revolution. Buy a Nintendo Wii

69GOD69
69GOD69

Hey Master Chief, How about an "around the world" 360 style. lol

69GOD69
69GOD69

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paullywog
paullywog

I wouldn't buy it knowing Sony's customer service. The 360? Well, that'll be replaced for FREE if it breaks.

grnidbandit
grnidbandit

we are talking about europe here people not the USA, things in europe cost alot more its not just the games, i love it how the xbox fanboys come here and justify a $1000 plus package by saying oh get a wii60 istead and 10 games, im sorry but not everyone needs like 3 or 4 consoles sitting on the floor or wherever, having a tangled cords, i skipped the 360, im sorry but im not spending $499 on halo3 and gears of war, ( comes out to more when you add the prices of those two games ) now i do plan on getting a wii, but thats only going to be my secondary console, meaning i wont be coming home from work 3 or 4 days a week playing the wii, that machine will get played the least when i have my ps3, and another funny thing is at my local game spot no one has put $50 for the wii list ( basically you give them money and they call you once price and launch is announced and you dont have to come in to reserve, ) but 20 people have for the ps3, what does this tell the nintendo and MS fans, #1 the wii does not excite many average people, #2 the ps3 will once again be the top choice when it comes to console gaming, #3 not everyone is crazy about halo, im sorry but halo is way over rated, i have more fun playing SOCOM, in fact i feel is 10 times better than Halo, gears of war, looks nice, but no thanks im not spending $499 for one game

Gbeck1994
Gbeck1994

wait.... what........ Doogle177 you think halo is to bright and colorful (plz learn to spell colorful by the way). That was a really dumb statement. i think halo was a normal shooter, yes....but it was well executed with high quality and has good gameplay. halo2 added arguably the best multiplayer to hit the market in a real long time and halo 3 has a lot to top but i think its possible. Also killzone sucked in my opinion and is a halo clone. Finally the last footage we saw of killzone 2 was obviously a cutscene and was fake

Gbeck1994
Gbeck1994

i wish i had a thousand dollar bill (a random statement from me)

Doogle117
Doogle117

xpac040488 what you think Halo is unbeatable?, Halo is not that great, it's far too bright and colourful, Halo 2 brought nothing new, you better hope it's not going to be the same for Halo3. If Halo and the 360 are so great why are you here talking about the PS3?.

coastalliving
coastalliving

LMAO ................what? You're serious?........Oh I thought it was a joke.