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PS3 First-Day Purchases

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Two interesting articles today:

  • According to the blog of a Fry’s employee, Fry’s will be forcing customers to purchase 8 games with their PS3 this weekend, making the combo-pack a potentially tasty $1200! Oh, and while they’re at it, they are going to insist you buy 5 games when the Wii goes on sale on Sunday.
  • GameStop and EB discovered today that they will only be receiving half of their initial first-day allocation. I wonder how many of the ebay people who have taken $000s for their ‘guaranteed day one shipment’ will be sweating it now…. in an email to store employees, GameStop said it expects weekly shipments from Sony and everyone who pre-ordered will receive a system before Christmas.

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November 13th, 2006 at 6:27 pm

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PS3 Launch Post

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According to this report at MSNBC, a total of 88,400 PS3 were sold over the weekend in Japan. What I find odd is that supposedly 100,000 PS3s were shipped so what happened to the remaining 11,600? Everything I’ve read says everywhere was sold out so I suspect this isn’t quite accurate. The interesting thing is that a lot less than 88,000 games were sold which means a great many console buyers did not buy a game to play. At first I thought this was mighty odd but then I realised that these were consoles designed for immediate resale, “used” PS3s are already selling at twice the retail price in Japan. Though this is nothing compared to this ebay auction where a pre-order for a PS3 went for $9100!

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November 13th, 2006 at 12:51 pm

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PS3 Day!

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In about 4-5 hours the stores open in Japan and the first PS3 will be sold; well hopefully they won’t just sit there! To tide you over until next week’s US launch here is a link to the PS3 manual.

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November 10th, 2006 at 9:24 am

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Big Weekend Coming Up

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A lot of big things happening this weekend, many of them without me (can’t be in three places at once):

  • The launch of the PS3 in Japan
  • The AOPA Expo 2006 in Palm Springs, seems like I miss it every year it in CA
  • The Brawley Cattle Call Rodeo. The event has already started but this weekend sees the highlight with the parade Saturday morning, and the various rodeos throughout the weekend. Yee-hah! And all that.

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November 8th, 2006 at 7:48 pm

PS3 on Display

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The Sony building we work in has a ground floor lounge displaying all the Playstation products and is open to the public from 10 to 7 every day. When we go to lunch there is usually a group of people sat playing on the PSPs or PS2’s. But over the weekend they installed 4 PS3 kiosks. Each kiosk has a a PS3, controller and shiny new High Def Bravia screen. Slick setup. Yesterday we watched someone playing GT4 and I had a go on some tennis game, making Tim Henman cry like a baby when I out served him.

Yeah, I work for Sony but the PS3 is a sweet device. If you like games, its a must-buy. If, of course, you can get one. Sony has promised to do the best they can to get me one before Christmas. Yeah, I’ll accept bids.

We tried to take a picture of the lounge but two security guards came out from nowhere and made it clear we were not to. Spoilsports.

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October 30th, 2006 at 5:53 pm

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At Work

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I don’t really understand why but it seems there are requests for me to appear in some of the pictures. I was going to say that here is proof that I am working in Tokyo but let’s face it this could be a meeting room anywhere. So, trust me when I say this is at SCEI, Tokyo, Japan.

Outside our ‘office’ is a large cubicle area, almost every desk has a test PS3 unit and there are numerous large LCD TVs, monitors around. Everytime I walk out to the toilet I see people playing various games; there are some great looking titles for the PS3. I know its expensive, and will probably be harder than a TMX Elmo to get hold of, but if you like games I think it will definitely be worth it.

No word yet on whether we will be working at the weekend but, if not, we might try and get out to Fuji Lakes and see the mountain. If we do, I’ll try to get someone to include me in at least a couple of the pictures.

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October 25th, 2006 at 8:16 pm

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