Sony Announce PS3's Free Gift

Sony have announced that up to 500,000 people picking up a PS3 on the 23rd March EU Launch day will eligible for a free Blu-ray movie of Casino Royale. Casino Royale will be one of the first movies available on a dual layer Blu-ray disc which will also be encoded in 1080p AVC.

The movie wont be shipping with the console, instead, you will just need to register (or activate) your player ID online using your PS3 console. Darren Carter had this to say about the offer, "The PLAYSTATION®Network unlocks the broad range of interactive entertainment features of PLAYSTATION 3. It's easy to set up, offers free online gaming, has great tools for staying in touch with friends and family, and includes a wide variety of content for download through the PLAYSTATION®Store."

"All this, and more, will enable users to experience a whole new world of interactive entertainment, and that is why we are offering the phenomenal incentive of Casino Royale, on Blu-ray disc, to PS3 owners who register on the PLAYSTATION®Network. Casino Royale not only makes the most of the features and capabilities of the Blu-ray format, but is one of the most exciting and entertaining movies to debut on Blu-ray this year."

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Honestly, I wouldn't mind buying either an Xbox 360 or PS3. Only thing about the 360 that pushes me from wanting it are the many reports of overheating, noise, and having to pay for internet access. Cost really isn't an issue to me, however, seeing as I'm currently broke, I won't be able to buy either. :P

Oh, and HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray hasn't really been decided at all. Though, I really haven't seen any TV ads saying,"Now on HD-DVD!" like I have with Blu-Ray.

I dont see it as a bad thing. I mean what were Microsoft giving away with the 360 at launch? You can argue the console is overpriced all you like but if you had the choice of a £425 console or a £425 console AND a movie I'd take it with the movie. Sure it's a way to boost Blu Ray figures but I doubt anyone getting the free movie are going to be upset about that.

Didn't Microsoft give away King Kong with their HD-DVD add-on? Personally I think it would be better if they gave away a game, but I guess something is better than nothing.

virtorio said,
Didn't Microsoft give away King Kong with their HD-DVD add-on? Personally I think it would be better if they gave away a game, but I guess something is better than nothing.

lol wtf, how does that even compare? the HD DVD addon does one thing - PLAY MOVIES!!!

And since HDDVD is clearly the format winner after sony has butchered blu-ray, I think it's by far the better deal at only 200 dollars.

And since HDDVD is clearly the format winner after sony has butchered blu-ray

Checks Videoscan numbers...Blu-ray selling HD DVD 2:1....

Good one!

I wish I could butcher my job and double my paycheck!

BTW: Blu-ray is Panasonic, Samsung, Pioneer, Sharp, Philips, JVC, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, Yamaha, etc...

And since HDDVD is clearly the format winner after sony has butchered blu-ray, I think it's by far the better deal at only 200 dollars

Its not $200 if you don't have an Xbox 360, and according to sales HD-DVD is loosing the format war.

I was also implying that I think Sony could do a little better than just giving away a movie with their expensive console.

Wow I can't believe how stupid some of the comments are, they aren't giving the movie away if you buy the console so its not an incentive to buy the console, they are giving them away when you register an account, thats what they want people to do, but common who would buy a console for a movie, how stupid are you, its just another reason to get it on the launch then say a month later.

Hmm, if they keep handing out Bluray movies here and there I guess we know who is going to be the format war winner. Unless of course Microsoft and the other companies behind HD-DVD put out a big push to include HD-DVD's bonuses when buying a player or an Xbox 360 HD-DVD player (and NOT the KING KONG crap...).

Sigh.

Read reply to wrong comment above.

Besides, as much as I dislike HD DVD, "King Kong" is VERY impressive. It's just too bad there wasn't room for a lossless audio track and the DVD extras...(you know, the stuff they could have included if it was on a Blu-ray 50GB disc) it takes up 29.2 of the available 30GB.

Wow, no wonder that Bluray is "outselling" HD-DVD when Sony is handing them out left and right... this is the 2nd large promotion that they are running like this.

Nielsen, SoundScan and other vendors do not count pack ins as sales.

Currently Blu-ray is outselling HD DVD 2:1 in *actual* store bought sales.

My old man won't complain that much. He likes james bond and that and what a good way to test his HDTV out. So Coolies that sony are doing this.

But just how many of them 500,000 people well have a 1080p tv to even play the movie on.. Not to many, maybe.. but even still these 500,000 sales isn't even going to make sony any cash..

No, I think it's better to focus on the fact that it's the world's cheapest BluRay player, instead of the world's most expensive games console.

PureLegend said,
No, I think it's better to focus on the fact that it's the world's cheapest BluRay player, instead of the world's most expensive games console.

you sure about that
how much cheaper


when it cost more money to buy parts {like a new tv or system} to use something to its full or even 1/2 of it's potential you sure its cheaper

and

yes if i wait long enough till the expensive players don't sell and have to be forced down in price
wouldn't i be more of a smart consumer

Sn4k36 said,
But just how many of them 500,000 people well have a 1080p tv to even play the movie on.. Not to many, maybe.. but even still these 500,000 sales isn't even going to make sony any cash..

i agree

spacer said,
I would laugh if this promo was US only.

Read the 1st paragraph and you might learn something :P

Sony have announced that up to 500,000 people picking up a PS3 on the 23rd March EU Launch day will eligible for a free Blu-ray movie of Casino Royale. Casino Royale will be one of the first movies available on a dual layer Blu-ray disc which will also be encoded in 1080p AVC.

Nice way to promote a movie, then again is Sony really losing anything aside fro mthe cost of the disc (a few dollars) as Sony did make Casino Royale

Man, I'm against PS3 as much as the next guy, but complaining about getting free stuff, especially when it's an excellent movie, is just bogus guys. I think this might be one thing Sony's actually done right on this campaign.

-Spenser

Oh don't get me wrong Stifler, I'm not complaining about free anything. I'd take a free HD Casion Royale any day, but I wouldn't get PS3 for that. What I was commenting on was the fact that when this promotion doesn't boost sales like Sony thinks it will, then we'll start seeing all these crazier deals and bundle packages even more.

The bad thing about that is when you walk into an electronics store, you'll get bombarded with even more annoying sales pitches and product placements. Thats what I'm worried about, but unfotunately thats the nature of the beast

I think you miss the point. The BlueRay movie isn't free. You're already paying £425 for the console. It would be a good deal if Sony said 'here's a movie. Feel free to buy the PS3 to play it on, but its not essential'.

tiddlie said,
I think you miss the point. The BlueRay movie isn't free. You're already paying £425 for the console. It would be a good deal if Sony said 'here's a movie. Feel free to buy the PS3 to play it on, but its not essential'.

That's not the point at all, and that's completely crap marketing. What sense would it make to just give away a movie for no reason. The PS3 costs 425 without the movie - i.e. that's the price they'd sell it for if they weren't running this promotion. But instead, they are giving a free movie. If you're looking for a PS3, it's a good deal. Nobody in their right mind would choose the PS3 just for the movie itself, but that's not what Sony's trying to do anyways. They're just giving people who do choose PS3 for any of a number of other reason a little bonus.

I don't get what's different about this promotion than, oh say, any other promotion run on the planet where you get something free for buying something else.

-Spenser

stifler6478 said,

That's not the point at all, and that's completely crap marketing. What sense would it make to just give away a movie for no reason. The PS3 costs 425 without the movie - i.e. that's the price they'd sell it for if they weren't running this promotion. But instead, they are giving a free movie. If you're looking for a PS3, it's a good deal. Nobody in their right mind would choose the PS3 just for the movie itself, but that's not what Sony's trying to do anyways. They're just giving people who do choose PS3 for any of a number of other reason a little bonus.

I don't get what's different about this promotion than, oh say, any other promotion run on the planet where you get something free for buying something else.

-Spenser

Frankly, for £425 they need to make more of an effort. And lets face it - they aren't doing this as a nice launch bonus for EU gamers....they are doing it to increase the market share BlueRay has. Interesting that they are willing to give away a movie that backs their perpetual format, but won't bundle a free game with the console....i mean...surely playing games is what a games console is intended for....

(stifler6478 said @ #7.3)
Frankly, for �425 they need to make more of an effort. And lets face it - they aren't doing this as a nice launch bonus for EU gamers....they are doing it to increase the market share BlueRay has. Interesting that they are willing to give away a movie that backs their perpetual format, but won't bundle a free game with the console....i mean...surely playing games is what a games console is intended for....

Well, in Sony's eyes, the PS3 isn't a games console - it's a computer :rolleyes:

I know their reasoning for this probably isn't worth merit, but it's still something free that they don't really have to give out at all.

-Spenser

stifler6478 said,
Frankly, for £425 they need to make more of an effort. And lets face it - they aren't doing this as a nice launch bonus for EU gamers....they are doing it to increase the market share BlueRay has. Interesting that they are willing to give away a movie that backs their perpetual format, but won't bundle a free game with the console....i mean...surely playing games is what a games console is intended for....

Well, in Sony's eyes, the PS3 isn't a games console - it's a computer :rolleyes:

I know their reasoning for this probably isn't worth merit, but it's still something free that they don't really have to give out at all.

-Spenser


:rolleyes: dude it's not free its will cost you 425 dollar's [OR more]


yes

see IF i gave you 1, 2, even 100 blue ray movie or even HD- movies unless you have the player to play them all you have is loads of shiney metal and plastic


like aol disc looks good but of use to no one [except as coaster's]


even a free lunch requires a mouth to eat it