With the launch of Europe’s much delayed and now crippled PlayStation 3 little more than three weeks away Sony desperately needed to feed us a bit of good news... and now it has.
Official pricing has finally been announced for the troubled console’s games and many will be surprised to learn they will retail for just £39.99, a figure which matches titles on the Nintendo Wii and even undercuts Xbox 360 releases by a whole ten quid.
On top of this we also know that content downloaded from the PlayStation Network will begin from a mere €0.99 (which will typically cover game expansions like additional maps/tracks) while older downloadable titles (which include Tekken 5) range from €2.99 to €9.99.
As you would expect Sony was highly chipper about this and sent forth David Reeves, the President and CEO of SCEE, to enjoy a rare deserved moment of chest beating: “Not only will it be completely free to register on the PlayStation Network with no subscription fees and access to many free demos, but with these competitive prices for additional content we are able to offer the consumer both top quality games on Blu-ray discs and a whole range of downloadable content.”
So far so good, but then he lost the plot: ”With over 30 first and third party disc and network games available at launch, we are confident that this will be one of the most successful launches of all time." We’ll see David, we’ll see...
But hey, at least they’re not fifty quid!