PS3 Europe Launch Details Revealed

Details of the European PS3 launch have been officially unveiled by Sony. The console will only be available in the premium 60GB model at launch, and will retail for 599EUR and 425GBP. Sony expects that 1 million units will be made available for the territory. The 20GB model may follow later in the year if consumer demand is high enough.

Over 30 game titles will be available for the European launch, either through a physical disc, or online via the Playstation network. These will include Resistance: Fall of Man, Motorstorm, Formula One Championship Edition and Ridge Racer. Downloadable games available will be Gran Turismo HD Concept, Tekken: Dark Resurrection as well as a plethora of puzzle games.

The sixaxis controller will retail for £34.99 in the UK, while HDMI, AV and Component cables will retail for £17.99 each. In the press release Sony said "Concurrent with the European launch, a new System Update to further enhance the entertainment potential of PS3 will be issued."

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While the price, lack of freebies, and delayed launch may be a kick in the teeth for some consumers, the lack of a stellar football game seems an insane omission when releasing the game into such a soccer orientated culture.

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lol price.

think i'd buy a wii with its funkier games and more novel controllers and save myself >£200 than buy this. i had a ps and a ps2 and liked them both but i ain't paying £425 for that ****.

We (Australia) are getting it around the same time too, only the 60Gb model too with a retail of AU$999.95 which is very expensive but I pretty confident regardless of that price it will sell out (thx to thinks like Buyer Edge, GE Credit etc)

Xerxes said,
We (Australia) are getting it around the same time too, only the 60Gb model too with a retail of AU$999.95 which is very expensive but I pretty confident regardless of that price it will sell out (thx to thinks like Buyer Edge, GE Credit etc)

i hate to see the NZ price as the ps2 was $1000 when it launched here

CheeseFart said,

i hate to see the NZ price as the ps2 was $1000 when it launched here :(
The official price for the PS3 in NZ is NZ$1,199.95, all I can say is ouch!

£425 to be able to play "plethora of puzzle games" hummmm.... think i will be holding on to my money till:

  1. I Get a HDTV coz whats the point in paying for blu-ray stuff with out the TV
  2. Blu-Ray films are cheaper
  3. The PS3 is cheaper
  4. More games and some good game come out, other than a plethora of puzzle games which sould awsome!!

Ps. Joe Bluebag Cashman: Should this not be under "Games"?? 8)

Did Debs spell check that for you James?

Certain big game news can be filed under main, especially if neowin are one of the first websites to cover the news.

i wish i could read the techie/gamer news from oct 08 so i can see how this ridiculous excuse for a "consumer product" is doing. or rather NOT doing depending on how bad it turns out...

however... in comparison, Apple wants the same amount of money for a cell phone, so.

Nose Nuggets said,
however... in comparison, Apple wants the same amount of money for a cell phone, so.

Hehe, good point.

The 20GB model may follow later in the year if consumer demand is high enough.

heh, sony sound like they've almost admitted defeat already... i suppose they're taking into account that they're screwing us over with the price and massive delay.

i might import it if i get it though... it'll be cheaper, and the PS3 hasn't got region coding on games so i could buy games here (or did sony just say that and break their promise?)

why is everyone still complaining about the price?

both 599EUR and 425GBP equal to around $1000AUD which is what we are ment to be paying for the PS3, but this has been known for months..

yeah the price is very expensive but if you can't afford one either wait for it to get cheaper or dont buy one..

edit: atleast sony are going to update the ps3 firmware for the euro launch..

And I was thinking $600 for a console was bad enough... 836.23 USD? Wow am I glad I'm not a Sony fanboy in London. What a bunch of crap.

However, $600 = £304. Might as well import, cheaper.

Although saying that, after the importing costs on all of the games, it would work out more.

Isn't Sony doing their best to stop that? They went so far as to have Lik-Sang shut down (and I still hate them for it).

cantstopwontstop said,
Math is not your strong point....

599 euros = 777.04 dollars.

Total rip off...


Reading comprehension is not your strong point. England uses the Pound and not Euro. Current exchange rate from British Pound to US Dollar is about $836. The writer references buyers in London, not the rest of Europe.

Where was the reference to London? It says the UK. We don't all live in London!

And to be extra picky :confused: (as my Scot/Welsh/N. Irish friends usually pick up on this), but England is not the entire UK.

dhitb said,
And I was thinking $600 for a console was bad enough... 836.23 USD? Wow am I glad I'm not a Sony fanboy in London. What a bunch of crap.

So true... $600 is already vastly overpriced, and $836 is totally ludicous :laugh:
After even the Japan sales are getting worse and worse every time, they're really bloody stupid if they think they can rip off the Europeans even much more.
You must have the IQ of a brick (or have enough money to wipe your ass with it and not care) to buy this crap at such an exploitative price

Oh, 23rd March 2007

Not releasing the 20GB, dude I have £14 in my bank. Sony do you think I am made of money or something?

I have £1500....but regardless, none of it is going on a PS3. Wii, then 360. Right now I have no plans for a PS in my Wii60 combination. PSWii60. Lollerskates.

djesteban said,
what if you use HD-DVD? huh? this nice little "addition" becomes worthless

Ermm, Not exactly sure why you said that since you ain't being forced to actually buy it...

coolchan said,
Most European HDTVs are only 1366 x 768.

People are going to run into the 720p scaling issue, aren't they?

So it will cost over £500 for a PS3, 1 game and an extra controller. You can buy a car for that. Good luck sony - surely it would have been sensible to sell the 20Gb, cheaper, and only release the 60gb version if demand is high enough, rather than the other way around?

Nighthawk-F117 said,
Would be a pretty ****ty car though. :p

no it wouldnt, you can get some right nice little cars for £500!, admitedly it probably wouldnt have an MOT but still! lol