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Sony Europe boss Chris Deering , mentioned
again that Sony's PSP
handheld "will be launched across the world in the
final quarter of 2004." So we have to wait untill later
this year before we can buy it. But Deering also talks price,
suggesting that the PSP would launch at "closer
to 200UKP [369USD] than 300UKP [554USD]" in England.
The prices uualy are the lowest in USA ad Japan with a few
exeptions. Meanwhile, a Gamesindustry article takes note of "information
from Japanese retail sources earlier this week, who told us
that a price point around 50,000 Yen [448USD], was being bandied
about in Tokyo." Recent
exchange-rate changes complicate U.S. launch pricing estimates,
though - the PSP will likely launch at less than those raw
dollar conversion rates Stateside, but is not intended to be
a hardware loss-leader for Sony, with Deering suggesting. Unlike
MIcrosoft with its XBox console Sony is not likely to loose
money on every unit sold. Marketing it as MORE than just a
game devise could help this - after all we get MP3 and DivX
suppot with this new device as well:
"The feeling is that
this product should generate profit on hardware alone. We
want to make it affordable for publishers to produce a wide
range of entertainment and so [Sony-payable] royalties [on
software produced for the PSP] will be lower down in the mix
this time round."
So, what will I buy (price wise)? Let's take
- $0 to $50 - I'll grab it, what's to lose?
- $50 to $100 - I'll look a little harder, but still great
- $100 to $150 - OK, this will take some considering
- $150 to $200 - It better be one hell of a product
- $200 to $250 - And it should include 2 games
- $250 to $350 - And a free Gameboy bundeled with it
- $350 to $500 - And a PS1
- $500 to... - And a girlfirend
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$250-$300 is definitely quite expensive for a handheld console. Nokia found
that out the hard way by offering a sub-par handheld at an unusually high price.
Sony is the one entering a market literally dominated by Nintendo. As the newcomer,
it would be arrogant to somehow "expect" that people will flock to it no matter
what the price.
And kids are an important factor, no matter what the market
strategists say. I can correlate taht - I've seen far more pre-teens
and younger playing with Game Boy Advances than people my age
and I have a feeling that parents would not be keen on handing
a $300 device over to a little kid. Though I might be closed-minded
in saying so, it also seems like aiming for the "young adult" crowd
is asking for trouble. I have a hard time grasping the notion
that the stereotypical games such player enjoy - like survival
horror or bloody FPS combat - would translate to a tiny screen
And like you said, longevity is another questionable factor.
I've had to replace my GBA once due to a non-functioning shoulder
button and while I cringed at paying Nintendo $100 for a glitch
in the design (thus rewarding them), it didn't kill
me. But a lost $300 PSP?
All I can say is that I hope, at that price, the PSP doesn't
take off and usher in a new era of really expensive portables.
The leading home consoles can be had for half that price, and
I suspect that the next generation of consoles will probably
have $300 as a starting point. That said, with its then-ancient
PS2 technology, Sony is being quite ambitious and greedy.
Much like Nintendo's arrogant reluctance to accept that Sony
is a legitimate threat to the console market, so too is Sony's
arrogance that it will single-handedly conquer the market without
trouble. Playstation or not behind them, history has shown that
Nintendo is a very difficult opponent in the portable market
- moreso than in the home console market - and it would be a
mistake for Sony to underestimate that.
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