The PlayStation 3’s European launch has been a long, uncomfortable and exploitative journey but at least the end is now in sight after a clutch of major retailers announced they are to start taking pre-orders.
Amazon, Argos, Game and Play.com are the motley four and each of them have put together a raft of different packages and promises to try and tempt you into parting with a vast amount of cash.
Game, for example, is paying homage to the time honoured bundle method by offering a PS3 with Call of Duty 3, Motorstorm and Resistance: Fall of Man for £554.96 or with a selection of Virtua Fighter 5, Virtua Tennis 3 and Resistance: Fall of Man for £564.96.
On the other hand Play.com is simply guaranteeing all PS3 pre-orders with its Head of Games (great job title), Gian Luzio, saying it has “been working hard with Sony to make sure that we can deliver every pre-order on the release date.” That said it does also offer a bundle of Genji, MotorStorm and Resistance: Fall of Man for £525.
Aiming to go one step further is Amazon which promises to pledge its complete launch allocation to pre-orders to satisfy demand. “You save: £0.01p” it proudly boasts on the pre-order page but it does come with free delivery.
Finally Argos is copying the Amazon route with a straight console price of £424.99 (again 1p off, don’t knock it!) and promising only to take pre-orders from its stock allocation so when they’re gone, they’re gone.
All four promise delivery for the PS3’s 23 March launch date so if you want to nah-nah-na-nah-nah your friends, neighbours, friends/neighbour’s kids you know what to do…