Global PS3 Prices


Just out of curiosity, I decided to convert what the 60GB PS3 goes for in several territories into a baseline currency – the USD. So here it goes:

US: $599
Canada: $556
Europe: $776 (including VAT)
UK: $834 (including VAT)
Japan: $515 (based on 62790Yen)

So it’s obvious from the list above why Best Buy and Future Shop (Future Shop is owned by Best Buy) have raised the price of the console to $699Cdn ($592US). Us Canadians were getting a break on PS3 pricing, and some people decided they could make more money.

It’s also obvious that Sony’s really milking Europeans for every dollar and dime they can get. What is it about Europe anyway? Microsoft has high prices there for their Xbox 360 console there as well. ($517US for the Premium model in Europe, $549US in the UK.) If I were Gary and Tom, I’d be really ticked…

[Edited to say "including VAT" and to add Japanese price.]


Written by: Blackstaffer - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Gary on January 30th, 2007 [ 1780 Points ]

    I am ticked. That’s why I was surprised and a little disappointed they decided not to release the 20GB PS3 at launch. I now have enough money in my PS3 fund (£430) to buy a PS3 and I still have two months to save up enough money to get the 3 games that I want and a 2nd controller.

    The 20GB PS3 would’ve done me just fine. I really should just wait and see if the 20GB appears or wait for a price drop but I know for a fact once it’s available I will go out and get one.

    One of the reasons the EU prices are high is tax but even when you add on the extra tax, we’re still paying around £60 more for the 60GB compared to you guys.

  2. #2 by Segitz on January 30th, 2007

    WAIT A SEC!

    If you show the prices like that, take VAT into consideration!!

    In Germany VAT is 19%, in the UK it is (iirc) 17.5% and retail prices always are given including VAT.

    Hence, the PS3 in Germany costs 599€ (incl. 19% VAT), which equals to $650 US.

    AND, in Germany it is LAW, that Retailers (not Sony themselves) give you a 2 year warranty on electronics (this is a EU Law afaik).

    So we pay $650 US for the 60GB version, including a 2 year limited warranty!

    I think, the same is applicable for GB.

  3. #3 by Segitz on January 30th, 2007

    And, to add to that…

    Mainland Europe (except a few exceptions like Denmark) dont get “milked” as you say it. Usually, everything we buy here is much more expensive. Take the iPod for example. The 30gb video iPod is $249 US but in Germany it is 289€. Also with TVs, cars, gas, DVDs and whatnot, we pay way more.

    And this is, because we earn more and our social system is way more expensive. I would not want to lose my job in the US, whether in Germany, its no big of a deal (as long as you get a new job within 2 freakin years!)

    Dont say, Sony milks us, if you dont consider the surroundings!! (I dont mean to be offensive, if it sounds like it. I just want to inform you of it!)

  4. #4 by Gary on January 30th, 2007 [ 1780 Points ]

    Sony milks us like farmer Giles milking his cow! :lol:

    The 2 year warranty or guarantee is not offered in most shops in the UK for free. Places like John Lewis and Fenwicks offer between 1 and 5 year guarantees for various electrical goods. Other places like Currys Digital (formally Dixons) charge you for the guarantee.

    Like I said, even once you’ve added up what we are paying for tax we still aren’t getting a fair $ to £ conversion when you compare prices for the PS3.

  5. #5 by Sean on January 30th, 2007

    As far as I know UK law is 1 year warranty or guarantee, it may have gone up since I worked on a Tesco electrical department a few years back though.

    I’m not as worried about the 20GB version not coming out as I wouldn’t of bought one anyway but I see why a lot of people are annoyed. Now i’m a bit older and working, £425 doesn’t seem too much money especially as the HD screen i’ll be buying to coincide with PS3 launch is currently about £2700 :o\ But go back a couple of years to when I was still at school and it would of been an awful lot of money to find unless it was my birthday or christmas.

    As for the prices of everything it’s ridiculous what we pay for stuff compared to the rest of the world. Give it till a couple of weeks before PS3 launch and all the media will be shouting “RIP OFF BRITAIN!”. There was a bit of it today with the Vista launch seeing as we’re paying about double what the US has too for exactly the same product.

  6. #6 by Marcelo on January 30th, 2007

    So that means that Sony is actually making money out of the PS3 in Europe? Well, that would be good for them and the rest of the world, bad for you guys. But as Segitz says the standard of leaving is much more expensive in Europe.

  7. #7 by Segitz on January 30th, 2007

    Nah, I dont know if Sony makes money on us.

    I think rather not. We have pretty high import taxes on electronics (if the PS3 this time counts as a real computer, which it will with Linux support) it is lower, but still nothing to shake a stick at.

    Accordingly to iSupply the PS3 costs about $850 to make (I think this number is set too high, but still…), Lets just say $700, were theres no packaging, not shipping, no retails overhead and no PR in it…

    Sony makes absolutely no money on it, now. Neither is MS I think. But in the long run, the systems get cheaper to make and cheaper in retail, which I think, will Sony do in a pretty short time (I think, there is a price cut this year with both MS and Sony)

  8. #8 by Surreal on January 30th, 2007

    The Euro and Pound is worth more then a Dollar.. that’s why.

  9. #9 by sergeant72 on January 30th, 2007

    About price at canadian futureshop/bestbuy – it doesn’t include the provincial and goverment tax. In reality, You pay what you see at futureshop.ca or bestbuy.ca + additional 14% provincial+goverment tax (GST + PST).

  10. #10 by matt on January 31st, 2007

    Also factor in that it costs them more to ship to those countries. A boat from China to the U.K. takes a lot longer than China to California.

    Surreal that is not why it costs more. The currency is exchanged and then a price is figured. It has nothing to do with the strength of a countries currency. Sony wants to sell the system at a certain price than they add shipping, import taxes. Countries tack on their own taxes and then they come up with a price.

    Anyway I don’t know how Europeans do it. How many days of work does it take for you to clear a PS3 60gb? I can do it in 4 days. I was looking to get a job in England a while back and the pay was terrible compared to the states.


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