Sony Computer Entertainment UK head Ray Maguire has told trade magazine MCV that it will ship only the higher-end 60Gb PS3 into the UK market, at a probable price of £425.
“Given that the 20Gb version has no wi-fi, no HDMI and none of the other slots in it, it’s difficult to know where we would position it,” says Maguire.
The price is not concrete though. SCE has several months of discussions with UK retailers ahead of it, and currency fluctuations might well move the price upwards.
Maguire also hinted that retailers could sell the console bundled with a Sony BRAVIA HDTV. “It may well be that (at retail) the early adopter price for the PS3 is really upwards of £2,000.”
One surprise omission from the PS3 spec remains force feedback in the controller. Analysts put this down to the decision of the US District Court to fine Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. and Sony Computer Entertainment of America, Inc. $92 million (including pre-judgment interest) in damages for patent infringement.
Sony was also slapped with an injunction that would prevent it from selling Dual Shock controllers in the States. Force feedback could still make a comeback on the PS3 though, pending Sony’s appeal. The Japanese games giant is currently paying a quarterly licensing fee to Immersion, the US tech company which brought the case.