While there’s already a PS3 “Holy-moly-are-you-freakin’-kidding-me-does-it-really-cost-that-much” thread, I figured I’d start a by the numbers “opportunity cost” thread.
First off, the final figure here includes:
An Extra Controller
1 Misc Accessory (HDMI cables, a media remote or the Sony helium balloon filler)
Sales tax on each
DOES NOT INCLUDE “BUDGET” VERSION
Secondly, because this is quartertothree and not representative of the population at large, I’m also not even bothering with the “budget” version that lacks support for memory sticks, SD and compact flash cards; has no built in Wi-Fi and has the HDMI out removed. So the console cost is the $599 version.
DOES INCLUDE A LOW ATTACHMENT RATE ASSUMPTION
Thirdly, be aware that the attachment rate assumed above is significantly lower than the current attachment rate for the 360 which according to Xbox365.com is “a record 4.5 games per console in North America” and an attach rate of 3 accessories for console. I tried to find the initial attachment rate for the 360 but was unable. If anyone does, let me know.
USES NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR ASSUMED SALES TAX
Lastly, the sales tax assumed is the national average of 5.93, which I rounded to 6%. If you live in NY, DC, CA, FL or TX (and most of us do), you’ll pay more.
That all said, here’s the bottomline:
$599.99 (unit) +
$49.99 (extra controller) +
$59.99 (Game 1) +
$59.99 (Game 2) +
$49.99 (misc accessory) = $819.95
With the national average for sales tax included, that adds: $49.197, which we’ll round up to $49.20.
New post, same poster - Just easier to have established the baseline and then go into the opportunity cost scenario separately.
So if we assume that you want to play the “real” PS3 console and buy fewer than average games and accessories for it, you’re going to shell out $869.15 for that privilege. What else could you buy for that?
BOTH Next Gen systems with ONE premium title for EACH: Xbox 360 premium - $399.99
Oblivion or GRAW - $59.99
Wii - $299 (assumed high end cost)
Zelda - $59.99
$819.96 + 49.20 (tax) = $869.16
Given the choice between the PS3 and a Premium Xbox 360 (with a game) and Wiii thrown in (with Zelda), I’d rather go for the 360 and Wii.
I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that Nintendo wasn’t going to price their Wii games (I can’t believe I’m typing that… ) at $60. Although I understand this is a worst case scenario you are putting forth.
Because I have time, I figured I’d also put this up. For the cost of the PS3 “experience” you can buy “EVERY current gen system WITH handhelds AND games for ALL of them”
New PS2 - $129.99 + a Greatest Hits PS 2 game $19.99 = $149.98 Xbox Bundle with Forza - $179.99 = $179.99
Gamecube Bundle with Zelda - $99.99 = $99.99
Sony PSP - $199.99 + a PSP Game $39.99 = $239.98
Nintendo DS - $129.99 + Brain Age ($19.99) = $149.98
Total = 819.92
Meaing you’d get EVERY console, EVERY handheld AND a game for ALL of 'em AND you’d still SAVE 4 cents!
(edited this to reflect the suggestions below in the thread)
A better scenerio would be to buy the PSP without a game (and just use it to listen to the 6 mp3s that you can squeeze into the 32MB memory stick), and buy the one game for the DS. Then you can save $10 + tax!
Why do people do this? Is $600 just not high enough already? Do you really feel compelled to remind everyone once again that, oh by the way, systems haven’t been bundling games for ten years now? Because maybe $600 is just fine and let me get my wallet BUT WAIT what do you mean that doesn’t include tax or a game? That stuff costs extra? Well fuck that!
When the 360 was priced, people shouted OMG ADD A GAME AND A CONTROLLER AND IT’S OVER $500! Meanwhile I was thinking yeah, but take that game and controller away and it’s still $400.
And they were right to do so. The Xbox 360 is an expensive console. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with feeling uneasy about coming out of the game store half a grand poorer, when all is said and done.
I have around 30 games for my PS2 right now. Some of them are used, so let’s say the average price I paid for them was around $50 (CDN). That’s a total of $1500, making the $180 I paid for the PS2 itself 11% of the total cost.
If I replace that with a PS3 at launch at an estimated $700, and an average game price of $55, the console itself would be 30% of the total cost.