Two of the last, important, questions still to be answered about the PS3 are: when, and how much? ‘When’ is currently the ambiguous ‘Spring 2006’, which is quite open. That’s anywhere from four to seven months after the release of the Xbox 360. The ‘how much’ was not announced at the big gala to show off the PS3. But now the Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbum has claimed that Sony has spoken on the subject. According to their May 17th article, Sony officials told the paper that the PS3 would be available for “less than 50,000 yen”, which is about $465US right now.
Or not ouch.
Take your pick. (And don’t forget that this is mere speculation at this point. But oh how we like to speculate.)
It all depends on how you look at it. If you think about it as the next console to buy, and that consoles have typically been introduced at around $300, then yes, $465 is a lot of money. But if you look at the PS3 as a Blu-ray movie player and SACD player and media center, then it doesn’t seem like such a bad price.
Frankly, I fall into the first camp. As the sole bread winner in a family of soon-to-be five, $465 plus extra controllers and games is a hard nugget to swallow. So I hope they’re wrong.