February 28, 2007
Dow Jones has confirmed to not expect a PlayStation 3 price cut until 2009. The article had also stated that Sony will introduce the ability to download music and movies via PlayStation Store.
“Although analysts say price reductions would benefit PS3 sales, Sony isn’t likely to make any price cuts for at least another two years, said Kimberly Otzman, a spokeswoman for Sony Computer Entertainment America. She noted a similar time frame for lowered prices for the PS2. ‘We probably expect the same for PS3,’ Otzman said, adding that while the console’s price is higher than competitors’, it comes completely packaged so consumers don’t have to buy extra equipment or attachments.”
February 13, 2007
Phil Harrison confirmed in an interview with Game Informer that the next PlayStation 3 update 1.6 will allow gamers to download content from the PlayStation Store while having the option to play video games at the same time.
Game Informer: You mentioned today, background downloads. Will that be part of it, and what are some of the other things that you have planned for that?
Harrison: The only thing I can talk about is that background downloading will be part of the 1.6 upgrade. There’s a bunch of other stuff, but Kawanishi-san would kill me if I was to reveal all of the details.
The upgrade should be available sometime in March.
February 1, 2007
SCE UK’s managing director, Ray Maguire, revealed in an interview with SPOnG that there will be around 220,000 PlayStation 3 units available for the UK launch on March 23. His estimate is based on the one million units being ship to Europe, and having UK take 22% of that.
He was quoted saying that it will be the largest launch in games industry history “Probably over four times PlayStation One, and close to double the amount of PS2s. So, it’s going to be a logistical nightmare – that’s a lot of trucks to get around.”
Fans should also be happy in the UK to know, “Product is already on its way, on ships, at the moment, and there is more being generated every single day.”