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PS3 to Launch in Europe and Australasia on 23rd March 2007

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London, 25 January 2007 - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today announced that PLAYSTATION®3 will be launched in the PAL territories of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australasia on 23rd March 2007 at a price of EURO 599 (GBP 425, AUD 999.95, NZ 1199.95).

Responding to retail and consumer demand, SCEE confirmed that initially only the 60GB model would be available, with the 20GB model to follow later in the year dependent on demand.

An expected one million PS3 units will be made available during the initial launch period.

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Wait, they are charging them the same that they are charging us here. That means, its more expensive over there for them. REally not fair. Im not sure, but 599.99 Euros is like 700 bucks or so here right?? Australia has to pay like 1000 dollars and that other country has to pay 1200?????
 
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regardless of how good the ps3 is £425/€599 (approx usd$850) is an insult to the European gamers, to me this looks like an attempt by sony to try and recoup some of its losses by overcharging in Europe as per usual. Such a diffrence in price from the US launch certainly cannot be put down to taxes but on the brightside the import restrictions should be removed when the console is launched here so smarter people could be a cheaper import if the must have one of these right away, one thing is for certain though with prices like that sony are not doing themselves any PR favours and it may drive those people who waited so long out of loyalty to sony into opting for a cheaper xbox360 with games package and still have £100+ left over. With all the troubles sony has had with this console i still cannot see why sony is still trying to work the prestige angle with the ps3.
 

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With the adoption rate of the Wii and the continued release of killer games for the 360. I can't see Europe doing much with this PS3 release, especially at THOSE prices.
 

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With the adoption rate of the Wii and the continued release of killer games for the 360. I can't see Europe doing much with this PS3 release, especially at THOSE prices.
I've asked quite a few Europeans (over xbox live) what they think about the PS3 and how well it will do compared to the 360, and the response is always this ":wtf: :ohwell: '
 
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as always we are overcharged compared to others, its an insult to all europeans...

all the big companies always bring stuff out late for us and charge much more than others even when you take off our taxes we still end up paying more...

Someone need to beat them with a nice pointy stick :D
 
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I wanted to know, what is the Minimum Wage in Europe and Australasia ?

if there is like in the USA
 
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I wanted to know, what is the Minimum Wage in Europe and Australasia ?

if there is like in the USA
Well I don't know about the other european counties but here in the UK min wage is £5.35 ($10.51) for people aged 22 and over, £4.45($8.74) for people aged 18-21, and £3.30($6.48) for people aged 16-17....

Most people I know get more that tjhat though even in bottom rung jobs, i'm 19 and operate a checkout at tesco, so my min wage is £4.45($8.74) but I make £6.00($11.78) an hour so not too bad just to get me through university lol
 
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well thats was what I was trying to see cuz in the USA Minimum Wage is lower I think its going to be pushed up dont know when

well anyways thats why we pay less cuz your Minimum Wage is higher I think that has something to do with it :)
 
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well thats was what I was trying to see cuz in the USA Minimum Wage is lower I think its going to be pushed up dont know when

well anyways thats why we pay less cuz your Minimum Wage is higher I think that has something to do with it :)
nope, fact is they just like to rip Europeans off, the last consoles were a few pounds higher due to a higher rate of tax but this new pricing scheme by sony for the PS3 is a slap in the face of the young kids that may have saved up all their pocket money for months for a ps3, their is no justification for such a price hike for Europeans and elsewhere.