So Sony is sending out an a new Playstation in November. This one will be called the Playstation 3. It's kind of a Plain Jane kind of name but looking at its direct competitors (the upcoming Nintendo Wii and the XBox 360) maybe plain is better. In an interesting move by Sony the console will cost a staggering $600. I can count the number of things I've spent $600 or more on with two hands and still have enough digits left over to show Sony what I think about that price (I'd only need one digit and it wouldn't be a thumb). That's hideous. My TV cost $280. My first car was only $1200.
Am I alone here? I mean sure it's going to be a BluRay player too (that's a DVD-like disc that plays HD movies) but wouldn't I need an HDTV to appreciate that? Does anyone on this group even have an HDTV? I almost bought one but it didn't work because my plan to buy the non-working one dirt cheap, then buy the exact same model new, and then return the broken one by passing it off as the new one was foiled by the manufacturer printing the stupid serial number on the box. But other than that, anyone?
Then Sam Kennedy (the editor of a gaming site 1up.com) had the audacity to say, "The thing about the PS3 you can't forget is that it's a Blu-ray player, too." How can I forget when the bulk of the $600 price is because of the BluRay player?
And speaking of BluRay, it's not even the only upcoming disc to play HD movies. There will also be one called HD-DVD. Do we really expect the makers of the veneralbe Betamax format to be capable of pushing a new video format when another one already exists?
I know I'm not the target audience here, but is the target audience even going to get this thing? I'm sure they'll want it but since that target audience is preteen to teenage males, they're going to have to talk their parents into buying it for them. Are parents going to fork over that kind of cash for a gaming console? As much as parents have a tendency to shower money on their children nowadays, I have to think more than a few of them will take pause at spending this kind of cash (or more likely credit).
What are your thoughts on this issue? I wanted to find out what the non-nerd world thinks about this $600 gorilla of a gaming system.