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SCEE knows early PS3 adopters may feel cheated

If you feel cheated for buying the PS3 upon its release, Sony UK's managing director, Ray Maguire, understands how you feel. He told GI.biz that it's natural to feel slighted, and "the difference between our industry and many other industries is that if you're selling cars or houses the price goes up steadily. Consumer electronics only goes one way and that's downwards."

Maguire denies that Sony is making buying the PS3 confusing with different options, pricing, and bundles. "As products evolve the offerings change because they have to adapt to the needs of the consumers but I don't think it's been particularly confusing in six months to go from stand alone, to a bundled proposition into a low price entry level model ... We also have to remember that consumers don't search around the world for different configurations. We are a global company but we have to act locally as well."

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21. Cheat feel meter (out of 10): 1

It comes to me as no surprise they are talkin that way, they are trying to lure new customers by implying, "you have waited long enough, look, early adopters feel cheated that we're doing this, buy it already!"

Posted at 5:35PM on Oct 8th 2007 by Emrah

22. The simple fact is that if you thought it was good enough value, you bought it (as a great many of us did). I think the 200+ gameplay hours between me buying the Playstation 3 and this latest price cut was worth the extra £100.

Posted at 6:02PM on Oct 8th 2007 by Livi70590

23. I said it before and I'll say it again, I really don't care that people are getting PS3s for 100$ cheaper than I did. I got 20 more gigs + backwards compatability, 5 blu rays, and I don't have a PS2. Amazing deal, and I encourage people to buy the new 40 gig PS3s.

Posted at 6:23PM on Oct 8th 2007 by drizzlelicious

24. Benjamin those 2 slots, HD cables and BC don't define next gen capability. Blu ray, wireless name it, and an HDD do. And the HDD matters a lot more than those HD cables because 360 games that require a HDD are right around the corner, so if FORCES you to get a different SKU to play those games. Not nearly the same thing.

And if you only have Resistance, then you're seriously missing the boat. Rainbow 6, NBA 2K8, WARHAWK???? Heavenly Sword? I dunno man, those are a few. I can see if you don't like basketball 2K8 is probably not appealing, but the others...if you like shooters, you can't go wrong w/ R6 or Warhawk. Its not possible...

Posted at 7:34PM on Oct 8th 2007 by Titty Pink

25. And it DOES sound like the EU customer is getting shat on. All I can say there is get a power converter and buy a US spec one from Ebay...

Posted at 8:37PM on Oct 8th 2007 by Titty Pink

26. @6.

Kudos man, I know when it comes to gaming: Europeans often get the shaft- it's nothing new. Sucks that you guys didn't even get the 60 gig with full hardware emulation... don't worry, when our president gets us nuked you'll have the last laugh.

Posted at 8:50PM on Oct 8th 2007 by Shattercross

27. Dumb comparison. The prices on real estate are in constant flux, based on the economy as a whole, they don't steadily rise. The price on cars rise with new cars, improvements are made to the new models. They don't sell the same cars over and over at higher prices.

On the other hand, no one has any reason to feel slighted. You buy "cutting edge" tech you pay a premium. The folks that wait a year or years will get it cheaper. A game console is a luxury not a necessity. If its too expensive for you, don't buy it.

Posted at 8:57PM on Oct 8th 2007 by tk00

28. All this talk doesn't really matter to me. I'm just excited about the end of this month/early November!

Assassin's Creed
Call of Duty 4
Guitar Hero III
Rock Band
Kane and Lynch

Might have to mug a few 360 fanboys to afford all these games!

Posted at 9:28PM on Oct 8th 2007 by Dirtbag66

29. MS does a worse job than sony. with falcon chips, hdmi, heat sinks, bigger HDD, now bundle, and they are all out at the same time with no numbers of how many of the old versions are out there.

Posted at 10:13PM on Oct 8th 2007 by MYPS3KilledMy360

30. I'm not actually feeling cheated by the newer PS3 but more by the lack of games for the system. The thing is gathering dust since March after playing through Resistance once. And I don't see that changing. Lair is crap and Heavenly Sword's is no must-buy. I really should've refrained from buying that thing. *sigh*

Posted at 7:01AM on Oct 9th 2007 by mnemo

31. iPod buyers at least got a $100 coupon! Cough it up, Sony! :-P

Posted at 7:02AM on Oct 9th 2007 by mnemo

32. @ Titty Pink, I'm not saying anything about it not being next gen. I am just saying it was ironic that at first the Xbox 360 was made fun of for it coming out with multiple sku's and now that PS3 has multiple sku's its okay by you hardcore fanboys. Don't explain the difference between the 360 and the PS3 sku’s because each of them are different in their own ways and if one doesn’t come with the HHD, and a consumer buys it, that is the consumers fault for making that decision.

Everyone has their own opinion. I just think at this time my PS3 was a disappointment in general because of the lack of exclusive games at this time. Blu-ray is not a factor at this time for me. I again didn’t buy my ps3 for movies.

Posted at 12:02PM on Oct 9th 2007 by Benjamin09

33. Lowering the price doesn't matter much if there are not many good games justifying the purchase of the console in the first place.

The inclusion of a hard drive in all models has not made a damn of a difference. All Xbox 360 games still run just fine without the hard drive on the core system and there are tons of games that eclipse anything you've seen on the PS3 thus far. You guys need to give up the ghost on that argument.

Sony's offerings are just not up to snuff right now and no feature can save them from that fact...Not Blu-Ray, not internal wireless and not a standard hard drive in all models.

It's the games stupid!

Posted at 12:29PM on Oct 9th 2007 by Dodo Sams

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