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Sony restocks 60GB PS3 online

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 03 Sep 2007 18:13 User comments (29)

Sony restocks 60GB PS3 online Late last week, Sony responded to demand by restocking the 60GB version of the PlayStation 3 (PS3) console on the Internet. After completely selling out its online supply, the company decided to replenish stock at Sonystyle.com. The price of the 60GB version of the PS3 was dropped to $499 but the unit is to be completely replaced by a newer 80GB model.
Sony's Dave Karraker said previously that there was no 60GB inventory remaining in in SCEA warehouses as they had all been shipped to retailers. Karraker also remarked that the US$599 80GB PS3 bundle may be reduced down to $499 once the complete supply of the 60GB version sells out.

Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) console has been trailing the success of the Nintendo Wii console, mainly due to the units high price. Sony has backed the price of its console and is still confident that in the coming years, it will take the lead and eventually the PlayStation brand will take the generation for the third time running.

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13.9.2007 19:01
WierdName
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Hmmmm, maybe waiting so long to get a PS3 is paying off. And they probably could take the lead for next gen console again if they would only lower the console price, and release games that utilize the full features of it. Also, $60 a game is pretty high too. They should consider at least dropping $10 off of it if not more.

23.9.2007 19:17

The need to get the games releasing at the same time as the xbox 360, im sick of waiting a week or two for the PS3 version to come out only to find its a crappy port of the 360 version! totally agree about releasing games that utilize the full features!

33.9.2007 21:50

today i went to costco here in cabo and they got it playing a lame F1 game in an LCD hahahaha and at 800usd a piece

mmmmmmm

i think its at least bad marketing for costco so no thanks

43.9.2007 23:20
nobrainer
Inactive

Originally posted by WierdName:
Hmmmm, maybe waiting so long to get a PS3 is paying off. And they probably could take the lead for next gen console again if they would only lower the console price, and release games that utilize the full features of it. Also, $60 a game is pretty high too. They should consider at least dropping $10 off of it if not more.
whats the point in purchasing a ps3 when you can play mostly all the games for over $200 less on a 360, which also has a larger second hand game market.

Then if you do purchase the new "IMPROVED" 80 gig, which is more money for less hardware as the emotion engine has been removed so backwards compatibility is iffy at best. Then you have the DRM in the ps3 that is BD+ reporting your usage back to the studios including your serial number, ip location and films/games played, all in the name of preventing piracy, that old scare tactic that no body believes, just like "terrorism would increase if we withdrew now", scare tactics to assure their agenda!

Then you have sony doing absolutely no B/C updates for ps2 games in europe since the stories have dropped out the press, which is just what D Reeves said would happen, so i guess he can tell the truth somtimes!

http://www.scee.presscentre.com/Content/...31&NewsAreaID=2
Originally posted by David Reeves:
Rather than concentrate on PS2 backwards compatibility, in the future, company resources will be increasingly focused on developing new games and entertainment features exclusively for PS3
Then there is the ps3 compatibility list which sucks btw, sonys idea of a game working is that it will load, the graphical issues, freezes and total crashes don't matter when you need to make the list as big as you can to silence the media!

http://faq.eu.playstation.com/bc/bcGames...17?locale=en_GB
Originally posted by Sony computer europe:
KEY
*** No known issues to date
** Should play on PLAYSTATION«3 with some minor issues
* Should play on PLAYSTATION«3 with noticeable issues
To have the best experience when playing your PlayStation«2 titles, we recommend that:

1. You avoid connecting any non-essential USB peripherals to your PS3
2. You avoid the use of "60Hz" and network modes (which may experience noticeable graphical corruption not present in the main game)
3. You should skip optional FMV sequences (a small number of games have graphical corruption in one or more video sequences).
4. A maximum of seven players can play (non-network) multiplayer PS2 games.

If you have any further issues regarding backwards compatibility of PlayStation« (PS one«) and PlayStation«2 software, please contact your local Customer Service Number.

* This website is for information purposes only and subject to change. If your game is not listed here, emulation is not yet supported on PLAYSTATION«3. Please check back when future PS3 system software updates are released. We reserve the right to modify the Status of any game or remove it from the list.


This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 03 Sep 2007 @ 23:23

54.9.2007 0:03

If profits have jumped that high then why kill your bread winner? It makes no sense when the demand for the 60 gig is so much higher now.

64.9.2007 0:15

at least the ps3 doesn't have any faults, like the overheating problem. You shouldn't need to leave your power brick on a flat surface to stop it from breaking

74.9.2007 0:22

Actually, the backward compatibility of the PS3 with emulation is very good. I've seen no noticeable problems in all the games I've tried and some of them even look better thanks to upscaling (like God of War). So basically, I think this is a moot point.

Since we're talking about freezing games and so on, has the 360 fixed the overheating issue yet? The PS3 is more expensive, yes, but in the end you do get what you pay for. 33% failure rate is too high a risk for me so I prefer to go with brands that at least care about their products performance (like Nintendo and Sony)

84.9.2007 2:04
nobrainer
Inactive

Originally posted by kyo28:
Actually, the backward compatibility of the PS3 with emulation is very good. I've seen no noticeable problems in all the games I've tried and some of them even look better thanks to upscaling (like God of War). So basically, I think this is a moot point.

Since we're talking about freezing games and so on, has the 360 fixed the overheating issue yet? The PS3 is more expensive, yes, but in the end you do get what you pay for. 33% failure rate is too high a risk for me so I prefer to go with brands that at least care about their products performance (like Nintendo and Sony)
well you must live in the us or asia and have a machine with the ee hardware because b/c in the uk sucks and as you can see from SONY'S official b/c list the amount of top AAA+ games that have issues outnumbers those that don't.

stop spreading your sony public relation spin and fud.

UK BC Sony Official List:
http://faq.eu.playstation.com/bc/bcGames.htm
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 04 Sep 2007 @ 2:07

94.9.2007 2:35
BIGnewb
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unlike xbox360 ps3 reads all ps2 and ps1 games.xbox360 plays 80 percent of the xbox games for example some of the 2k. sports series.

104.9.2007 5:31

I must admit, I've had my 360 repaired twice now. They finally sent me a new unit this time. I still prefer my 360 over my PS3. I wouldn't know if my PS3 has any heating issues as I don't play it enough. I have all of the best games available for my PS3 (Resistance, Ninja Gaiden and Lair) and they don't compare to the fun I have on my 360. Sony is constantly improving the PS3 and soon it'll be on par with what the 360 offers (online play, movie & game downloads, etc..) but all in all, for the $, my 360 is the way better value.

114.9.2007 5:52

Lets face it,the PS3 is so difficult to program that porting a game from a 360 is a business decision to maximise profit.A lot of developers won't care about maximising performance but instead will get it to a quality standard that is acceptable for retail with the minimal amount of development time and cost.
Developers really couldn't give a f##k about CELLS complex architecture and would rather have efficient software tools and libraries to reduce the time it takes to create a game.
That's why I rate Microsofts business decision to concentrate on it's XNA development software that wipes the floor with what Sony provides for it's gaming platform.
Sony offers the most powerful hardware with the weakest development software.It basicaly means that there will only be rare occasions where a game might shine on the PS3 but it will always be riddled with shoddy,second rate ports.Not too good for a console that is the most expensive to buy.It will always be in third place but then Sony thought it was cool to be in that THIRD place some time ago...

124.9.2007 6:32

yeah i agree with you a bit. It takes to long to port games on to ps3, rainbow six vegas is an example and it doesn't even look a good as the xbox 360 version but in the future excellent games will only be available on ps3 like warhawk.

134.9.2007 11:08

The problem is that the PS3 has more power than the DEV's computers. The Devs need to upgrade there computers to be more powerful than the PS3, But that would cost a ton of money

144.9.2007 11:31

Originally posted by muccione:
The problem is that the PS3 has more power than the DEV's computers. The Devs need to upgrade there computers to be more powerful than the PS3, But that would cost a ton of money
I'll have whatever you're smoking!

154.9.2007 11:58
hughjars
Inactive

Looks like they can't have all been sold out afterall.

164.9.2007 14:21
armorthis
Inactive

Quote:
Originally posted by WierdName:
Hmmmm, maybe waiting so long to get a PS3 is paying off. And they probably could take the lead for next gen console again if they would only lower the console price, and release games that utilize the full features of it. Also, $60 a game is pretty high too. They should consider at least dropping $10 off of it if not more.
whats the point in purchasing a ps3 when you can play mostly all the games for over $200 less on a 360, which also has a larger second hand game market.

Then if you do purchase the new "IMPROVED" 80 gig, which is more money for less hardware as the emotion engine has been removed so backwards compatibility is iffy at best. Then you have the DRM in the ps3 that is BD+ reporting your usage back to the studios including your serial number, ip location and films/games played, all in the name of preventing piracy, that old scare tactic that no body believes, just like "terrorism would increase if we withdrew now", scare tactics to assure their agenda!

Then you have sony doing absolutely no B/C updates for ps2 games in europe since the stories have dropped out the press, which is just what D Reeves said would happen, so i guess he can tell the truth somtimes!

http://www.scee.presscentre.com/Content/...31&NewsAreaID=2
Originally posted by David Reeves:
Rather than concentrate on PS2 backwards compatibility, in the future, company resources will be increasingly focused on developing new games and entertainment features exclusively for PS3
Then there is the ps3 compatibility list which sucks btw, sonys idea of a game working is that it will load, the graphical issues, freezes and total crashes don't matter when you need to make the list as big as you can to silence the media!

http://faq.eu.playstation.com/bc/bcGames...17?locale=en_GB
Originally posted by Sony computer europe:
KEY
*** No known issues to date
** Should play on PLAYSTATION«3 with some minor issues
* Should play on PLAYSTATION«3 with noticeable issues
To have the best experience when playing your PlayStation«2 titles, we recommend that:

1. You avoid connecting any non-essential USB peripherals to your PS3
2. You avoid the use of "60Hz" and network modes (which may experience noticeable graphical corruption not present in the main game)
3. You should skip optional FMV sequences (a small number of games have graphical corruption in one or more video sequences).
4. A maximum of seven players can play (non-network) multiplayer PS2 games.

If you have any further issues regarding backwards compatibility of PlayStation« (PS one«) and PlayStation«2 software, please contact your local Customer Service Number.

* This website is for information purposes only and subject to change. If your game is not listed here, emulation is not yet supported on PLAYSTATION«3. Please check back when future PS3 system software updates are released. We reserve the right to modify the Status of any game or remove it from the list.


Fanboyism at it's best.

174.9.2007 15:28

If they were sold out and had no inventory, how come they all of a sudden have stock?

184.9.2007 17:56

Originally posted by Unfocused:
If they were sold out and had no inventory, how come they all of a sudden have stock?
*******************

I think Sony's just trying to check the market and see what consumers are willing to pay and how they can change the PS3 schematics in order make a profit in the near (now) future. $499 is still a lot of cash-o-la for system that DOES NOT come with HDMI cable, Headset, or Remote control.

You can get all that and more for almost $200 less with an Xbox360. Granted, it might break down & overheat on you but for under $10 you can buy a Badd-Ass fan from Target/K-Mart that'll work wonders (haha!) and keep your house cool!!!

194.9.2007 23:56

Quote:
Originally posted by kyo28:
Actually, the backward compatibility of the PS3 with emulation is very good. I've seen no noticeable problems in all the games I've tried and some of them even look better thanks to upscaling (like God of War). So basically, I think this is a moot point.

Since we're talking about freezing games and so on, has the 360 fixed the overheating issue yet? The PS3 is more expensive, yes, but in the end you do get what you pay for. 33% failure rate is too high a risk for me so I prefer to go with brands that at least care about their products performance (like Nintendo and Sony)
well you must live in the us or asia and have a machine with the ee hardware because b/c in the uk sucks and as you can see from SONY'S official b/c list the amount of top AAA+ games that have issues outnumbers those that don't.

stop spreading your sony public relation spin and fud.

UK BC Sony Official List:
http://faq.eu.playstation.com/bc/bcGames.htm

1. I'm not posting Sony public relations spins. It's a fact that the PS3 (and the Wii as well) have a much lower failure rate than the 360. Telling the truth is not spinning lies.
2. I did check that list and over 85% of titles it seems have 3 squares, meaning perfect emulation is achieved. The other games vary from having slight problems to big issues. My PS3 is Japanese and emulates perfectly. Still beats the % of backward compatibility the 360 has.

205.9.2007 0:47
nobrainer
Inactive

@ armorthis

sry how can posting information taken from sony's own b/c list and a statement made on the official sony press release web site be fanboy comments exactly?

i am many others in europe know how much backwards support lacks with the ps3.

web sites i extracted the information from are:

SCEE Press Release statement including the comments made by david reeves after the media publication of the euro ps3 having a higher price and no b/c dedicated chip and the support being focused on future titles not updating old ps2 or ps1 games to work on the ps3: http://www.scee.presscentre.com/Content/...31&NewsAreaID=2

sony's PS3 official b/c list: http://faq.eu.playstation.com/bc/bcGames...17?locale=en_GB

this is the info sony have made avalible for ppl wanting to play ps1/2 games on the ps3, all who actually want to purchase a ps3 without the emotion engine please read the info supplied by sony computer entertainment!

Originally posted by sony official bc list:
Check whether your PlayStation« (PS one«) and PlayStation«2 games are playable on your PLAYSTATION«3.

PS3Ö system software version 1.80

For the best performance, we recommend you keep your PS3 updated with the latest PS3 software updates. To find out how to download and install this, click here.

KEY
*** No known issues to date
** Should play on PLAYSTATION«3 with some minor issues
* Should play on PLAYSTATION«3 with noticeable issues
To have the best experience when playing your PlayStation«2 titles, we recommend that:

1. You avoid connecting any non-essential USB peripherals to your PS3
2. You avoid the use of "60Hz" and network modes (which may experience noticeable graphical corruption not present in the main game)
3. You should skip optional FMV sequences (a small number of games have graphical corruption in one or more video sequences).
4. A maximum of seven players can play (non-network) multiplayer PS2 games.

If you have any further issues regarding backwards compatibility of PlayStation« (PS one«) and PlayStation«2 software, please contact your local Customer Service Number.

* This website is for information purposes only and subject to change. If your game is not listed here, emulation is not yet supported on PLAYSTATION«3. Please check back when future PS3 system software updates are released. We reserve the right to modify the Status of any game or remove it from the list.

215.9.2007 12:10
WierdName
Inactive

Quote:
Quote:
Originally posted by WierdName:
Hmmmm, maybe waiting so long to get a PS3 is paying off. And they probably could take the lead for next gen console again if they would only lower the console price, and release games that utilize the full features of it. Also, $60 a game is pretty high too. They should consider at least dropping $10 off of it if not more.
whats the point in purchasing a ps3 when you can play mostly all the games for over $200 less on a 360, which also has a larger second hand game market.

Then if you do purchase the new "IMPROVED" 80 gig, which is more money for less hardware as the emotion engine has been removed so backwards compatibility is iffy at best. Then you have the DRM in the ps3 that is BD+ reporting your usage back to the studios including your serial number, ip location and films/games played, all in the name of preventing piracy, that old scare tactic that no body believes, just like "terrorism would increase if we withdrew now", scare tactics to assure their agenda!

Then you have sony doing absolutely no B/C updates for ps2 games in europe since the stories have dropped out the press, which is just what D Reeves said would happen, so i guess he can tell the truth somtimes!

http://www.scee.presscentre.com/Content/...31&NewsAreaID=2
Originally posted by David Reeves:
Rather than concentrate on PS2 backwards compatibility, in the future, company resources will be increasingly focused on developing new games and entertainment features exclusively for PS3
Then there is the ps3 compatibility list which sucks btw, sonys idea of a game working is that it will load, the graphical issues, freezes and total crashes don't matter when you need to make the list as big as you can to silence the media!

http://faq.eu.playstation.com/bc/bcGames...17?locale=en_GB
Originally posted by Sony computer europe:
KEY
*** No known issues to date
** Should play on PLAYSTATION«3 with some minor issues
* Should play on PLAYSTATION«3 with noticeable issues
To have the best experience when playing your PlayStation«2 titles, we recommend that:

1. You avoid connecting any non-essential USB peripherals to your PS3
2. You avoid the use of "60Hz" and network modes (which may experience noticeable graphical corruption not present in the main game)
3. You should skip optional FMV sequences (a small number of games have graphical corruption in one or more video sequences).
4. A maximum of seven players can play (non-network) multiplayer PS2 games.

If you have any further issues regarding backwards compatibility of PlayStation« (PS one«) and PlayStation«2 software, please contact your local Customer Service Number.

* This website is for information purposes only and subject to change. If your game is not listed here, emulation is not yet supported on PLAYSTATION«3. Please check back when future PS3 system software updates are released. We reserve the right to modify the Status of any game or remove it from the list.


Fanboyism at it's best.
My thoughts exactly. And where did they get the "emotion engine removed" info from because somehow I doubt it's credibility. And I wonder how many 360s they have had to replace...

225.9.2007 13:08
nobrainer
Inactive

@ WierdName

the 60 gig ver of the ps3 in the us currently has the emotion engine on-board but the 80gig does not!

235.9.2007 13:26


And where did they get the "emotion engine removed" info from because somehow I doubt it's credibility. And I wonder how many 360s they have had to replace...
It is common knowledge in the PS3 world. It was removed to cut cost...You have to DL an emulator to get BWC but not all games are covered. Its like the 360

245.9.2007 21:30
WierdName
Inactive

-nobrainer
Ok, so the emotion engine was removed. Don't go rippin into me just cuz I'm considering getting one. It just makes you look like a [bleep].

Now as a general question, what does the emotion engine do anyways? Does it just control something with backwards compatibility or does it actually have something to do with the PS3 game play?

256.9.2007 0:42
nobrainer
Inactive

Originally posted by WierdName:
-nobrainer
Ok, so the emotion engine was removed. Don't go rippin into me just cuz I'm considering getting one. It just makes you look like a [bleep].

Now as a general question, what does the emotion engine do anyways? Does it just control something with backwards compatibility or does it actually have something to do with the PS3 game play?
get one if you want i couldn't care less but personally i'd w8 until there are games worth playing on it and the next price drop as the 80gig ps3 costs less to produce than the 60gig so expect a big drop at Christmas time so sony pr can claim victory in the hardware sales, as you wont be playing many ps2 games on the ps3 due to lackluster support from sony

it is a chip in the ps3 that has been taken from the ps2 to enable full backwards compatibility.

i know the sony pr argument about playing old games on a new machine is pointless and the ps3 is for ps3 only "cool next gen" games but when you have over 70 ps2 titles and the machine that was supposed to enhance all playstation games wont even play them because of sony cost cutting and removing hardware makes you a little annoyed, especially when it cost more than any other country to purchase and sony blocked all imports from shops like http://www.lik-sang.com/ and sued them to oblivion to keep the price fixing scam so euro subsidises the rest of the world, after such an investment in the company you expect to be treated with respect.

us in europe have never had one as we were short changed by sony on release. they are now doing emulation through updates but the support for games is poor at best. most of them have graphical issues and just lock up so you have to keep using your ps2 to play your old games not the ps3 as sony marketed it as which is a problem in properties unless you live in an old Victorian home with plenty of space.


The Guardian, PlayStation 3 loses all Emotion in Europe
The European version of Sony's console won't let gamers play many old hits. Sony says it's focusing on new titles. Will it succeed?


sony stated that over 1000 titles would work at launch making out that they would be 100% ok but the truth is that if it loads sony deem that as working, here is the official sony url, uk B/C list: http://faq.eu.playstation.com/bc/bcGames...17?locale=en_GB

there are 2 tabs 1 for ps1 and the other for ps2, you can see from the list just how bad the software emulation actually is and the updates have been poor at best so there is no way you can get rid of your ps2 to tidy up your home or to partial fund new hardware/software.

in the list it states that ratchet and clank works with no issues but its a crock of s#@t as with many others it fails to play.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 06 Sep 2007 @ 0:51

269.9.2007 5:31

This thread seems to be getting off-track. The reason Sony had to re-stock the PS3 in Sonystyle is because it made an offer that was hard to refuse...

If you apply for their credit card, and are approved, you will get a $150 rebate (in 8-12 weeks) on anything purchased from Sonystyle site, including PS3.

In addition, because it's a Sony credit card you can also apply the "Sony Points" immediately to the purchase and at the time they were giving 8 points (cents) per dollar spent for an additional $42.82 credit (I think the normal is 5 points per dollar).

OH, and free shipping (although taxes were $30)

So in the end you can get a PS3 for $499 + $30 tax - $150 rebate - $42.82 Sony points credit = $336.18.

This more than anything else is what caused the run on PS3s at the Sonystyle site, and people should not read into it anything more. Myself, I'd prefer an XBox360 Elite with HDDVD attachment, but just couldn't resist the price of PS3.

BTW, according to FedEx mine will be delivered TOMORROW! Woot!

G.

279.9.2007 13:22

First things first...



Secondly...

Quote:
Karraker also remarked that the US$599 80GB PS3 bundle may be reduced down to $499 once the complete supply of the 60GB version sells out.

So It seems that they are finally getting it and lowering the price of that version also.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 09 Sep 2007 @ 13:24

2810.9.2007 15:19

I wish they could make up their mind. but i figure maybe they are bringing it back because they can have a console priced to cut the lead for the wii.

2912.9.2007 1:02
nobrainer
Inactive

Originally posted by wetsparks:
First things first...


Secondly...
Quote:
Karraker also remarked that the US$599 80GB PS3 bundle may be reduced down to $499 once the complete supply of the 60GB version sells out.

So It seems that they are finally getting it and lowering the price of that version also.
the 80 gig ps3 costs less to manufacture than the 60gig as the new improved ps3 has had the ps2 emotion engine removed, dam right it should be sold for less atm its a complete fu to customers as you can purchase the 80gig hard drive yourself for $30 and upgrade your 60 to 80 very easily and cheaply!

this is plain profiteering off of ppl that do not realise the cost of hardware!
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