UK preorders start for PS3

Although the launch date is still uncertain, one Brit retailer is offering gamers a chance to reserve a unit.

Department store and online retailer Littlewoods has started taking preorders for Sony's PlayStation 3 console on its Web site. Customers can choose from a variety of bundles, all for the 60GB PlayStation 3, starting at £549 (approx. $1,086) for a PS3 and the Motorstorm game.

Other bundles include a £609 ($1,204) bundle that matches the console and two games--Resistance: Fall of Man and Call of Duty 3. The most expensive bundle is going for £699 ($1,383) and includes four games--Genji: Days of the Blade, Motorstorm, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Tony Hawk's Project 8.

Extra controllers can be bought for £39 ($77). Twelve games are listed, and can be bought for £55 ($108) each. Other game titles include Singstar, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas, and Pimp My Ride. The Web site promises delivery "within 17 weeks."

The store is also offering preorders for the Nintendo Wii--due to be released in Europe on December 7--although the delivery time for the consoles could be up to nine weeks.

When asked if it was going to start preorders, a Woolworths rep told GameSpot, "It is too early to take PS3 preorders. It is vitally important to have visibility of stock levels before taking customer orders to avoid disappointing any customers." A spokesperson from Argos said, "All I can tell you is that we will be [offering preorders] in the near future but the date has yet to be finalised." And one retailer who requested anonymity said of the Littlewoods preorders, "Are they mad?"

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samad5
samad5

Guys there only one problem with importing- you'll get slapped a heavy tax by customs and it'll probably end up the same price. I've actually checked on Gamestracker.co.uk where PS3 games are slated for £37.99 ($72) on release by some online retailers so thats not too bad.

taki_
taki_

well i have 1 so....like yea....60 gb christmas....very good,stop complaining ppl, just cuz u ppl dont have the money doesn't mean you can and talk **** about the ps3... there is no **** console war crap the wii has its motion device thing which is cool, the 360 has halo 3 which is awesome the ps3 has the graphics and the power and the motion thingy the wii has so yea.... both systems do stuff better wii is for kids 360 is for teenagers the ps3 is for teenagers and adults im 14 but yea.... and thats probably not the real cost and everything in europe is more expensive i hope u ppl no that tho..... i like ps3 i like 360 i dont like wii thats all i had too say so stop hating and just play ur 360 wii or ps3 or ur sega genisis

supertank310
supertank310

F***... That's just stupid. THANK GOD FOR MULTI-REGION!! As long as Motorstorm isn't region locked, i'm just gonna buy a PS3 from America, and then buy Motorstorm on England launch, that's if there's enough copies of it, or i'll just buy it from America...

DRfronkensteen
DRfronkensteen

Littlewoods is probably just jacking the early pre order price up to keep the initial pre orders down. I dont think sony would commit suicide by charging over $1,000 for a game console.

dano82
dano82

why do they charge $600 in the US and charge uk over £600 it isnt even made in the US its made in japan they always charge uk almost twice as much. WHY PAY MORE FOR THE SAME THING AND GET IT MANY MONTHS LATER THAN THE REST OF THE WORLD THIS PISSES ME OFF. waiting the longest for it and then paying the most doesnt make sense to me ??? in japan ps3 retails for around

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

hey GWX xbox games are just as over pirced, consoles only $100 cheaper (in canada anyways) and the graphics look just the same wih or without and HDTV, so stfu

faizali86
faizali86

the worst bundle has to be the most expensive one. littlewoods is crazy. maybe they just dont want to pay interest loans:P

G_W_X
G_W_X

Who the hell in their right mind is goig to buy anything that begs the name GAMES CONSOLE for that kind of cash! You people a silly! Silly! Sony is eventually going to run you all down into the ground and you don't see it! Next thing is PS4 is going to use what 10 zillion teraflops... How much power will that machine then consume...how will you electricity bills stay? hmm? You have to buy an HD TV to enjoy the full glorious graphics. If you have an ordinary tv/Standard definition TV it will work hmm? Yeah the graphics will be wasted if thats what you want! It will look far from HD! IDIOTS! Man some people in this world are just I DONT KNOW WHAT TO CALL THEM! HDTV...too expensive. The Console itself...too expensive. The games..too expensive. Price drops? Heh by the time they drop the price, I could been have great new expiriences with a cheaper machine that I will just not name becasue I dont frigin need to. Nobody ever considers these things. They just lay dwon their cash WITHOUT QUESTION! As for people like LitteWoods...just tell yourself one thing if its expensive already with Littlewoods is probably going to be EXPENSIVE-ER!(such a word?) Things like this just really piss me off!

fartys
fartys

Heard of littlewoods word on the street is that they are rubbish and expensive!

Daveiops
Daveiops

Yes littlewood is MAD. who are they anyways? Even GAME aint taking preorders yet. And wats with the price thing.dats double the American retail price.Sony should fix up with this man.

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

All games are not created equal, from what I hear Genji and sonic aren't even worth renting. It doesen't help anybody for these games to be somebody's first impression of Ps3

BaillieBoy
BaillieBoy

I love how we always get way way over-priced **** If a game sells in america for $50, they're not gonna convert that for us brits, no they'll just change the currency sign and stick it on the game, and have us buy it for double the price an american would. **** bull****.

craig_cbr400
craig_cbr400

how can they offer fifa 07 in one of the bundles when its a nex gen exculsive to xbox 360?????

DannyBoyVai
DannyBoyVai

Yeah Littlewoods always overprices everything. Im pretty sure places like play.com and the like will have far better pricing. Although since im waiting a year anyway (for them to make sure all the bugs are sorted, and for the price to drop) im sure the price will be less by the time i get round to picking one up.

Irve
Irve

Wow ... well you know what they say about a fool and his money !

darkmind-tvtome
darkmind-tvtome

littlewoods, littlewoods can forget your custom, these are littlewoods prices, sony set it at 425 many moons ago, also not sure how newsworthy this is, as play for instance have been running pre-orders since the prices were announced

Animal91X
Animal91X

I would have thought that they would have a lower price seaming that they only sold, roughly 300,000 units 1 1/2 months after Japan and American launch.

janner51
janner51

(Your browser encoding can't display the symbols correctly) Ok, thanks. Right then, at the moment it's £1 = $2 Return flight to New York = £250 US PS3 retail = $500 ---- Total = £500

swizzlar
swizzlar

lol i doubt anyone in thier right mind would buy from little woods when there are loads of hmv's and gamestation around that offer the ps3 cheaper

kens05
kens05

REAALLY Unnessisary if u sed to america the ps3 would be $1,204 theyd not pay it, too damn much and £609 is like...... FU . seriously i wanna import one, or go for a Xbox360 :'( poor $ony. At least some of the games i want will end up on that , not Tekken 6 though...... no chance of that goin on xbox 360 is there? give me the components for the ps3 if got some tools in the shed ill make it myself.=P

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

janner51 What's with the funny £ signs??? Your browser encoding can't display the symbols correctly.

janner51
janner51

What's with the funny £ signs??? This is way overpriced, but it's from a catalogue that charges way over high street prices as you can pay in installments. Anyhow, Sony should banned from the UK. I'm fed up hearing them blame tax duties, currency fluctuations etc for the reason the UK price is so high. Utter bollocks! They're just exploiting a market that is willing to pay over the odds with very few complaints. If they want access to treasure Island, they should at least meet us half way. Wii for me!

Toadstool1969
Toadstool1969

said, "ps3 will be sold out in matter of second in the UK"

nev70
nev70

Considering Sony only got 200'000 for launch in the states which was half of the re-revised figure , i think they said they would have 1 million who thinks it will be March @ all ? i'm just curious, consider also Sony would not say a firm release date last week !!!!! as for the price £39 for a new controller you have GOT TO BE F****** KIDDING ME .

EikoAtoride
EikoAtoride

I didn't know that Littlewoods has higher prices and its reason, but payment over several weeks has never proven to be cheap.

jofy
jofy

ps3 will be sold out in matter of second in the UK

Animal91X
Animal91X

$ONY have shot them selves in the head, not foot !!!

screamingdean
screamingdean

You always pay more from stuff from Littlewoods because, as stated below it's because you can pay over 52 weeks etc ( I know because I've bought from them in the past). The price is not set by Sony. Also Play.com have been advertising a PS3 bundle for around £540 for months. So people, think before posting (if possible).

razu_gamer
razu_gamer

and I thought the wiimote was expensive

gartland1986
gartland1986

I would also like to add that Littlewoods do not guarantee delivery of the Playstation 3 within 17 weeks. If you refer to the terms and conditions of the site, no delivery time stated is a guarantee, therefore people should detract from drawing inferences from this staement wihtin the article.

gartland1986
gartland1986

I work for Littlewoods myself and can confirm that the prices that they have set for the Playstation 3 bundles include interest. This is because you have the option to pay for the item over 20 or 52 weeks, therefore these prices are NOT SET BY SONY but by Littlewoods! You can also receive cashback for your purchases. If anyone is interested, Littlewoods have a sister catalogue in the shape of www.lxdirect.com that is more reflective of high street prices, but you do not get as long to pay for goods (for a Playstation 3, it would be six months interst free). So for all those whose comments portray Sony in a negative light with regards to this article should be more informed before they make such rash comments.

Vishvanath
Vishvanath

Sony can go to hell, no way am I paying those prices. Especially £39 for a controller(which is double the price of a PS2 controller).

Animal91X
Animal91X

OMG £549, you could get 2 XBOX360's or even 4 > 5 Wii's.

Sacco26
Sacco26

At those prices, Sony can forget my custom.

Cloud737
Cloud737

Only bundles over $1000, and $100 games? I hope they don`t expect to sell anything. Maybe the consoles would sell (though I`m estimating that by march there will be no shortages, so they might as well be stuck with the stock), but the games surely won`t.

eggsiboss
eggsiboss

4o quid for a controller, why dont theyt like control the prices! Not for me, dont need it, all its games wil be on 360 now anyway :) yaay!

EikoAtoride
EikoAtoride

60 Euros for a controller and 80 Euros for a game... Sony must be nuts...

Zumafire
Zumafire

THis system is not worth it.

Rokin1
Rokin1

Yes, they are mad :P

WNxCozzy
WNxCozzy

Sorry to double post guys, but I'm not too long awake and just realised the price was £609.. they can go and throw themselves off a cliff to be honest. A PS3 at a real retailer with 2 games will be around £525.

WNxCozzy
WNxCozzy

It's going to be extremely difficult here to get a hold of a Playstation 3, not everyone will go to Littlewoods and that's why I'm pondering ordering mines from there as soon as possible. I know it might be a little early yet, but the rush will be phenomenal everywhere else (expected stores).

skullcrusher_ad
skullcrusher_ad

Not a good idea when everything is still not official. Most places at the mo are just putting your name down if you are interested.

ftjx
ftjx

I really don't understand this. Ordering a ps3 has been posible for months in Denmark where I come from.......

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

just a suggestion and don't trust that company (Littlewoods). they are charging way over the msrp to get a share of the loot from those darn flippers.

lvlUNE3B
lvlUNE3B

wait for two more days :roll:.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Ah the madness begins yet again!