Archive for January 17, 2009

Resistence: Retribution out for PSP on 3/17, demo via pre-order

Posted in PSP on January 17, 2009 by richinjapan

Resistance: Retribution has been getting a lot of hype since last year’s E3 as a great-looking shooter on Sony’s Playstation Portable. But if you want to try before you buy, you’ll have to take some serious pains — there will be a pre-release demo if you pre-order the game at Best Buy or Gamestop; I’m pretty sure Play Asia isn’t going to have anything to offer. Still, Gamestop does ship internationally, so if you were really hyped for it, there’s always that option.

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Sony: PS3 higher price outweighed by value

Posted in Microsoft, Nintendo, PS3, Sony, Wii, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , , , , on January 17, 2009 by richinjapan

Shortly before CES, Sony sent out a press release breaking down the cost and features of the current gen consoles. Sony make the claim that the 360’s cheaper price-point is nullified by its lack of included features; by the time you’ve made your 360 comparable to the PS3, you’ll actually end up spending MORE than you would have on a PS3.

The price/feature break-down, illustrated by the above chart, points out the in addition to the 360 Arcade’s $199 initial price, you would spend another $250 adding wi-fi, a hard disk, and a year of online play. That’s a final total of $450 — and that’s $50 more than the 80GB PS3. And if that weren’t enough, that doesn’t even include the renewal fees for Live over the years, or the 360’s lack of Blu-ray player and HDMI output in the earlier versions of their console.
It may seem like a direct dig at the Microsoft camp, but you can hardly blame Sony — they get raked over their higher price-point, and you can imagine their frustration if this is how they think of value. Personally I’ve made similar arguments myself, even down to niggling points about how you have to pay even more money for a charger pack for the 360.
They probably couldn’t turn this into a full-force media blitz, but the boys over at PS3 Fanboy make a good point — Sony could probably make a big splash if they posted this chart in video game stores. What do you guys think?