Adding more fuel to the PlayStation 3
fire, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) president Ken Kutaragi
is not only defending the PS3's high price of entry, but he says that
it's not expensive enough. The PS3
is priced at $499 for the basic version with a 20GB hard drive,
no HDMI output, no WiFi and no media reader. The $599 version comes
with a 60GB hard drive and all of the trimmings.
on to explain his position concerning the price of the PS3, "For
instance, is it not nonsense to compare the charge for dinner at the
company cafeteria with dinner at a fine restaurant? It's a question
of what you can do with that game machine. If you can have an amazing
experience, we believe price is not a problem."
If $499 and $599 is considered to be
"too cheap," then it would be difficult to detemine what seems
reasonable as XBOX 360 costs under $300 and the Nintendo Wii may retail
for a mere $200.