PS3′s go on preorder sales tomorrow…

If you are like me, and have a 60-inch HDTV, and want the latest gear, you should be at a store tomorrow putting in an order for a Sony PS3. They go on sale tomorrow YouNEWB reports. At up to $600, though, these aren’t gonna be cheap Christmas gifts. Also, if you don’t have an HDTV yet, you’ll want to get one of these otherwise why are you buying a game system designed for HD? So, there goes another $1,000 or more (mine is still about $3,500 at stores). Whew. Just to play games.

I already have an Xbox. I’m not sure I’ll get a Playstation yet, though. I don’t have enough time to watch the HD-DVD’s that Netflix has been sending me, so don’t think I’ll need BlueRay.

But, want to know which system you’re going for? So, do you have an HDTV? Which system are you going with? Xbox 360 or Playstation 3?

93 thoughts on “PS3′s go on preorder sales tomorrow…

  1. I agree with people here, Xbox 360 brakes so much, im on my 3rd one and got fedup so decided to send off to repair depot at Microsoft yet again and this time also buy a PS3 as a backup.. or maybe even I will use more than the Xbox 360. When the PS3 Home 3D world comes out I believe sony will win – http://www.ps3home.co.uk/ if you havent seen it yet and of course it has blu-ray!

    I purchased the new 80GB PS3 and got a good deal: http://gamerhome.co.uk/game/?pid=B001DTETLS&im='http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41aUgc%2BMttL._SL160_.jpg'%20width='120'&ti=Sony%20PLAYSTATION%203%20Console%20(80%20GB%20Model)&pr=£299.99
    It cost me only £289 and was the new 80GB and comes with wireless controller and a free game.

  2. I agree with people here, Xbox 360 brakes so much, im on my 3rd one and got fedup so decided to send off to repair depot at Microsoft yet again and this time also buy a PS3 as a backup.. or maybe even I will use more than the Xbox 360. When the PS3 Home 3D world comes out I believe sony will win – http://www.ps3home.co.uk/ if you havent seen it yet and of course it has blu-ray!

    I purchased the new 80GB PS3 and got a good deal: http://gamerhome.co.uk/game/?pid=B001DTETLS&im='http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41aUgc%2BMttL._SL160_.jpg'%20width='120'&ti=Sony%20PLAYSTATION%203%20Console%20(80%20GB%20Model)&pr=£299.99
    It cost me only £289 and was the new 80GB and comes with wireless controller and a free game.

  3. I have both systems and love them both but the only problem with 360 is the red ring of death, you can’t go wrong with either system, but I would get a HDTV you would be amazed at the picture. I got a 50″ plasma and I love it everytime I turn it on. Play Heavenly Sword (PS3) on a HDTV and you won’t go back to a regular tv

  4. I have both systems and love them both but the only problem with 360 is the red ring of death, you can’t go wrong with either system, but I would get a HDTV you would be amazed at the picture. I got a 50″ plasma and I love it everytime I turn it on. Play Heavenly Sword (PS3) on a HDTV and you won’t go back to a regular tv

  5. I like my xbox 360 with and without HD.

    It does lock up on occasion. It is loud. It looks great. A lot of the games are quite fun and can really chew up a lot of time.

    I like the Nintendo games more for the character/platform game franchises. They are appealing – especially with kids. Other than Lego Star Wars, I have a hard time finding games that make sense for kids on the xbox systems.

    Any suggestions?

  6. I like my xbox 360 with and without HD.

    It does lock up on occasion. It is loud. It looks great. A lot of the games are quite fun and can really chew up a lot of time.

    I like the Nintendo games more for the character/platform game franchises. They are appealing – especially with kids. Other than Lego Star Wars, I have a hard time finding games that make sense for kids on the xbox systems.

    Any suggestions?

  7. Oh and one more thing as a flip side to the mentioned NEC chip for combo player. There is the idea of a triple layer DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-Ray disc. However the costs look to be so high that they would only be useful for BlockBuster/Netflix to reduce redundant inventory. Look at the cost of combo DVD/HD-DVD and imagine what the Blu-Ray would add in mastering and production costs.

  8. Oh and one more thing as a flip side to the mentioned NEC chip for combo player. There is the idea of a triple layer DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-Ray disc. However the costs look to be so high that they would only be useful for BlockBuster/Netflix to reduce redundant inventory. Look at the cost of combo DVD/HD-DVD and imagine what the Blu-Ray would add in mastering and production costs.

  9. To say that DVD-9 never took off would be incorrect. At this point I can say with pretty high confidence that every mass produced DVD on the store shelves is DVD-9 and has been so for several years. DVD-10 was mostly a stop gap until DVD-9 production ramped up. People just didn’t like to flip the disc in the middle of the movie or they didn’t like not being able to tell which side is which. Now DVD-18 is pretty much a fantasy, I own one of the few discs ever made (T2) and it works great. Just isn’t worth the hassle to create.

    Dual format players may help, but really a single standard needs to emerge to move this forward. At this point it is unfair to compare 2006 DVD sales to 2006 HD-DVD + Blu-Ray. A better comparison is 1996 or 1997 DVD sales to 2006 HD-DVD + Blu-Ray sales.

  10. To say that DVD-9 never took off would be incorrect. At this point I can say with pretty high confidence that every mass produced DVD on the store shelves is DVD-9 and has been so for several years. DVD-10 was mostly a stop gap until DVD-9 production ramped up. People just didn’t like to flip the disc in the middle of the movie or they didn’t like not being able to tell which side is which. Now DVD-18 is pretty much a fantasy, I own one of the few discs ever made (T2) and it works great. Just isn’t worth the hassle to create.

    Dual format players may help, but really a single standard needs to emerge to move this forward. At this point it is unfair to compare 2006 DVD sales to 2006 HD-DVD + Blu-Ray. A better comparison is 1996 or 1997 DVD sales to 2006 HD-DVD + Blu-Ray sales.

  11. I’m pretty annoyed that these game consoles that are now also “networked media players” are so restricted in what they can play.

    There’s absolutey no reason that I should be able to listen to internet radio or play any frickin’ video format I want to on my X-Box 360.

  12. I’m pretty annoyed that these game consoles that are now also “networked media players” are so restricted in what they can play.

    There’s absolutey no reason that I should be able to listen to internet radio or play any frickin’ video format I want to on my X-Box 360.

  13. Anyone with HDTV should not think twice about getting the PS3. Check out the demos and the graphics, Xbox360 and Wii look like a drop in the PS3 ocean.

  14. Anyone with HDTV should not think twice about getting the PS3. Check out the demos and the graphics, Xbox360 and Wii look like a drop in the PS3 ocean.

  15. @Chris – I’ve never gotten the impression that the “HD-DVD camp” was betting all their chips on the add-on for Microsoft (like Sony is with the PS3). They released their players early on in the year at half the price of the Blu-Ray players and have been steadily releasing movies. It doesn’t appear they were betting all their chips on an add-on that Microsoft wouldn’t even confirm would be sold for several months.

  16. @Chris – I’ve never gotten the impression that the “HD-DVD camp” was betting all their chips on the add-on for Microsoft (like Sony is with the PS3). They released their players early on in the year at half the price of the Blu-Ray players and have been steadily releasing movies. It doesn’t appear they were betting all their chips on an add-on that Microsoft wouldn’t even confirm would be sold for several months.

  17. It is a bit early to declare Blu-Ray the winner.

    I thought ya’ll be early adopters, on the geeky bleeding edge. But it’s merely reading the tea leaves, not early if you go by content producers/studios, and that’s what counts; not just a cheapo HD-DVD add-on for Xbox 360…which what the HD-DVD camp seems to be betting all chips on.

    The only real winner of yet? DIVX, imho. But will someone not rid us of this DVD-5 spazz. DVD-9, DVD-10 and DVD-18 hardly took off, and DL media is ungodly expensive. But something triple NTSC, PAL, and SECAM, will be welcome…even tho NTSC has won the game, really. But multi-format, multi-layer disks gonna be the rage…I rally hope HD VMD gets some teeth.

  18. It is a bit early to declare Blu-Ray the winner.

    I thought ya’ll be early adopters, on the geeky bleeding edge. But it’s merely reading the tea leaves, not early if you go by content producers/studios, and that’s what counts; not just a cheapo HD-DVD add-on for Xbox 360…which what the HD-DVD camp seems to be betting all chips on.

    The only real winner of yet? DIVX, imho. But will someone not rid us of this DVD-5 spazz. DVD-9, DVD-10 and DVD-18 hardly took off, and DL media is ungodly expensive. But something triple NTSC, PAL, and SECAM, will be welcome…even tho NTSC has won the game, really. But multi-format, multi-layer disks gonna be the rage…I rally hope HD VMD gets some teeth.

  19. Thanks Kevin!
    I had sincerely believed that only ethernet cable could handle that kind of thing in real-world conditions. Boy am I glad to be wrong! Excellent!

  20. Thanks Kevin!
    I had sincerely believed that only ethernet cable could handle that kind of thing in real-world conditions. Boy am I glad to be wrong! Excellent!

  21. Kevin C. Tofel said:
    “I can pull in free OTA HDTV on my WMCE box and stream it to ANY of my HDTVs by using the 360 as a Media Center Extender over WiFi. HDTV everywhere I say.”

    That’s pretty cool but:
    - what kind of WiFi are you using?
    - how much bandwith do those HDTV streams take up?
    - what resolution is that OTA HDTV? Is that resampled along the way?

    -r.

  22. Kevin C. Tofel said:
    “I can pull in free OTA HDTV on my WMCE box and stream it to ANY of my HDTVs by using the 360 as a Media Center Extender over WiFi. HDTV everywhere I say.”

    That’s pretty cool but:
    - what kind of WiFi are you using?
    - how much bandwith do those HDTV streams take up?
    - what resolution is that OTA HDTV? Is that resampled along the way?

    -r.

  23. Have had a HDTV plasma for 3 years now, never looked back.

    Hooking up a powerful PC to a large HDTV is just so sweet (games, hd movies, surfing from the couch).

    Was not tempted enough by the xbox360, but will be getting a PS3 for sure (whenever it comes to Europe).

    Does PS3 still promise dual 1080p?

  24. Have had a HDTV plasma for 3 years now, never looked back.

    Hooking up a powerful PC to a large HDTV is just so sweet (games, hd movies, surfing from the couch).

    Was not tempted enough by the xbox360, but will be getting a PS3 for sure (whenever it comes to Europe).

    Does PS3 still promise dual 1080p?

  25. Hum.
    On further thought, I have to confess it’s not all about the benjamins. It’s really about the fact that the Wii has the first really new UI that might be more than just a flash in the pan. There have been custom controllers for consoles and computers before, but as acessories – so they never changed the interaction metaphor. Light pens, anyone? Power glove? Right. The attraction of the Wii isn’t that I could play prettier games – it’s that I could play genuinely new kinds of games.

    The other reason – well, I don’t have faith in Microsoft or Sony’s desire to be flexible in how I use their hardware as a media center. A “flexible” game console is too amenable to pirated games. The economic incentive isn’t there either – the money is in the software, the games sold, not the hardware.

    Right now I have a PS2 sitting in my living room. It has an empty harddrive bay, and a disconnected ethernet port. I could have been using that as a remote-controlled, mp3 playback box for years now, but Sony crippled user access to their hardware. From my couch I can see the dustbunnies through the vents.

    That’s branding, Sony. Every day I see an advertisement for a failed product sitting beneath my TV.

    -r.

  26. Hum.
    On further thought, I have to confess it’s not all about the benjamins. It’s really about the fact that the Wii has the first really new UI that might be more than just a flash in the pan. There have been custom controllers for consoles and computers before, but as acessories – so they never changed the interaction metaphor. Light pens, anyone? Power glove? Right. The attraction of the Wii isn’t that I could play prettier games – it’s that I could play genuinely new kinds of games.

    The other reason – well, I don’t have faith in Microsoft or Sony’s desire to be flexible in how I use their hardware as a media center. A “flexible” game console is too amenable to pirated games. The economic incentive isn’t there either – the money is in the software, the games sold, not the hardware.

    Right now I have a PS2 sitting in my living room. It has an empty harddrive bay, and a disconnected ethernet port. I could have been using that as a remote-controlled, mp3 playback box for years now, but Sony crippled user access to their hardware. From my couch I can see the dustbunnies through the vents.

    That’s branding, Sony. Every day I see an advertisement for a failed product sitting beneath my TV.

    -r.

  27. I’m a 2001-adopter of HDTV, so at this point, I have three: 27″ Fullscreen, 34″ & 60″ Widescreen. Why have multiple HDs? Multiple places to watch and game in HD. I went with a 360 at launch last year. Why? I picked HD-DVD as an eventual winner in the high-def DVD format battle, so the PS3 was a no go for me. $200 this season nets me a high-def DVD player Another reason? I can pull in free OTA HDTV on my WMCE box and stream it to ANY of my HDTVs by using the 360 as a Media Center Extender over WiFi. HDTV everywhere I say. ;)

  28. I’m a 2001-adopter of HDTV, so at this point, I have three: 27″ Fullscreen, 34″ & 60″ Widescreen. Why have multiple HDs? Multiple places to watch and game in HD. I went with a 360 at launch last year. Why? I picked HD-DVD as an eventual winner in the high-def DVD format battle, so the PS3 was a no go for me. $200 this season nets me a high-def DVD player Another reason? I can pull in free OTA HDTV on my WMCE box and stream it to ANY of my HDTVs by using the 360 as a Media Center Extender over WiFi. HDTV everywhere I say. ;)

  29. I’m in quite a hassle.

    I really really need to get myself an OK computer to play the one game which turns me on for the first time in ages – Spore. And I’m definetely buying the Wii so that I can play the nostalgia of my life – Zelda. And I know I’m going to end up buying a nice PS3 so that I can play any awesome games that I want and use it as my media center.

    The thing is:

    I haven’t gotten around to get myself an awesome HD-TV yet and I don’t really play a lot of games very often.

    So as I said. I’m in quite a hassle.
    But I really need to get one of each.

    André Hedetoft
    Geek Movie Director
    Help me sell 1000 T-shirts so that I get to make my next Geek Movie over at http://www.andrehedetoft.com

  30. I’m in quite a hassle.

    I really really need to get myself an OK computer to play the one game which turns me on for the first time in ages – Spore. And I’m definetely buying the Wii so that I can play the nostalgia of my life – Zelda. And I know I’m going to end up buying a nice PS3 so that I can play any awesome games that I want and use it as my media center.

    The thing is:

    I haven’t gotten around to get myself an awesome HD-TV yet and I don’t really play a lot of games very often.

    So as I said. I’m in quite a hassle.
    But I really need to get one of each.

    André Hedetoft
    Geek Movie Director
    Help me sell 1000 T-shirts so that I get to make my next Geek Movie over at http://www.andrehedetoft.com

  31. >But, want to know which system you’re going for? So, >do you have an HDTV? Which system are you going with? Xbox 360 or Playstation 3?

    No HDTV yet, no 360 (yet?), certainly no PS3. Wii? Definitely. Why?
    Well, obviously if I can’t afford a HD display, the Wii is the way to go. 250$ + existing hardware is less than the 1300-1600 entry fee for participating in the HD-fest. That calculation only works if the Wii is significantly different than the Xbox and PS2, which, odds are, it is. Of course it doesn’t compete with the 360 or PS3!

    Buying consumer electronics on credit is a mug’s game – I don’t feel like paying for the privelege of spending money (interest!) when I can spend time waiting instead for the price to fall. If I wait two years the 360-core may have fallen to 250, or I may have an increase in pay that meets the gap. If I wait four years, the PS3 will be in reach. I’m patient. I can wait. Meanwhile, the competing HD display technologies will sort themselves out (I’m rooting for SED, personally), and hopefully the HD disk formats will as well.

    postscript: I don’t intend on buying a PS3 largely because of Sony’s, ah, how shall we say it, “difficulty” understanding “customer needs.” (ATRAC, rootkit, etc etc.) The fact that the price per unit of time equation works out against Sony is kinda funny. Sure, it helps that it won’t be testing my resolve any time soon. :)

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