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In the UK, Sony has solved the problem of how to sell PlayStation 3 games consoles: just give each buyer a free 46-inch Bravia W series TV set! That's what Sony UK's Ray Maguire did last night to pep up last night's launch at the Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street, London. Gamesindustry.biz reports:

 

Although only a handful turned up to spend the night in the store, by 11pm on Thursday the queue had grown to over 100 people. With just 20 minutes to go until the console officially went on sale, Sony UK boss Ray Maguire stepped up to address the crowd in front of a large flatscreen TV.

 

"This is a 46-inch Bravia W series. It's an award-winning flat panel," he said. "And do you know what the good news is, guys? I'm going to give you one free."

 

It seems 125 TV sets worth around £250,000 ($500,000) were given away.

 

Virgin Megastore didn't have much competition as both HMV and Game had abandoned plans for midnight launches.

 

A PR cost of £250,000 to try and put a spin on the story of only 125 people turning up to the launch. :lol:

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I just had a look on ebay there and people trying to sell them aren't even getting the £425 they paid for them and everywhere online seems to have them in stock.

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Personally find consoles to be an extreme waste of money nowadays. It's all become far too expensive. Since gaming is a social thing anyway, I just pop round to my friend's house and play 360 with her little brother, to be honest.

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Personally find consoles to be an extreme waste of money nowadays. It's all become far too expensive. Since gaming is a social thing anyway, I just pop round to my friend's house and play 360 with her little brother, to be honest.

In general? You reckon?

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Personally find consoles to be an extreme waste of money nowadays. It's all become far too expensive. Since gaming is a social thing anyway, I just pop round to my friend's house and play 360 with her little brother, to be honest.

In general? You reckon?

 

Well, for me, at least. I can't play computer games alone, it's simply not enjoyable. You look at the Wii and it's clearly been designed for playing in a group situation, which I think is a concession by Nintendo of the more social appeal nowadays.

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Personally find consoles to be an extreme waste of money nowadays. It's all become far too expensive. Since gaming is a social thing anyway, I just pop round to my friend's house and play 360 with her little brother, to be honest.

In general? You reckon?

 

Well, for me, at least. I can't play computer games alone, it's simply not enjoyable. You look at the Wii and it's clearly been designed for playing in a group situation, which I think is a concession by Nintendo of the more social appeal nowadays.

Loads of one player games are class and the ones on the Wii (like Mario, Zelda, etc.) will probably be amongst the best games on the console again. Multi-player games are a laugh too though.

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I dunno why people would get the PS3, the European version isn't even certain to be backwards compatible at the moment.

 

Something like the WII is better (in fun if perhaps not technical merit) for less £££'s.

 

 

Sony should remember that the PS1’s success was largely on the back of other companies somewhat taking the piss because of their previous domination.

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I think the 360 has it wrapped up this time round.

 

Now they just need to make the online version of PES7 lag free. Ive given up playing online.

 

Pro Evo 7?

 

Online play is fine for me on Pro Evo 6, your connection must be shit.

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I think the 360 has it wrapped up this time round.

 

Now they just need to make the online version of PES7 lag free. Ive given up playing online.

 

Pro Evo 7?

 

Online play is fine for me on Pro Evo 6, your connection must be shit.

 

Never had a problem at all myself.

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:lol: at the the people trying to make a profit on ebay? What's the point?

 

The launch was shit here too apparantly. At $1000, oh sorry, $999.95, a pop it is no surprise. And no TV's given away :unsure:

 

Sony have really dropped the ball this time around tbh.

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Personally find consoles to be an extreme waste of money nowadays. It's all become far too expensive. Since gaming is a social thing anyway, I just pop round to my friend's house and play 360 with her little brother, to be honest.

In general? You reckon?

 

Well, for me, at least. I can't play computer games alone, it's simply not enjoyable.

 

So those 457 minutes you spent in the arcade were with a mate were they?

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Personally find consoles to be an extreme waste of money nowadays. It's all become far too expensive. Since gaming is a social thing anyway, I just pop round to my friend's house and play 360 with her little brother, to be honest.

In general? You reckon?

 

Well, for me, at least. I can't play computer games alone, it's simply not enjoyable.

 

So those 457 minutes you spent in the arcade were with a mate were they?

 

I was competing against fellow board members. And I didn't say I found it enjoyable, though it killed the requisite time.

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They are trying to sell the ps3 also on the back of being a blue ray player. In fairness it is a good one at that and you wont buy a stand alone blue ray player for less. However, blue ray isnt exactly no 1 at the moment with HD DVD prob leading the way. That said, the porn industry usually has a massive influence on what will be the accepted medium.

 

Too early to say how well the ps3 will do, really needs a good few months to see how quickly the software developers can push it to improve their titles.

 

I still have a ps2 and its been gathering dust for months unused, yet Ill probably upgrade to a ps3 when the price drops a bit (which it will). Then that will prob sit there gathering dust as well...

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I think I've discovered a new pet hate.

 

People calling it "Blue-Ray"

 

Mine is people who care.

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Wait and see how much the 360 Elite is going for.

 

Its just cheaper than the PS3 cheap edition but thats with no next generation DVD player.

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$480. The only difference is a 120g HDD tbh. And they will be avaialable to buy seperately sooner or later

 

& HDMI out with cable included. Oh, and it won't be the equivalent of $480 over here, hence my comment to wait and see.

 

Wait and see how much the 360 Elite is going for.

 

Its just cheaper than the PS3 cheap edition but thats with no next generation DVD player.

 

Apologies, the cheaper PS3 isn't available in the UK, didn't know you were elsewhere.

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