Cheap Playstation 3? A HUKD Buying Guide
The first foray into the world of the Playstation 3 can be a maze of questions, confusion and decisions. Playstation 3 bundle deals come in different shapes, sizes and configurations. With this guide we will help you learn where to find the cheapest prices online to get the most for your money.
Playstation 3 Console Prices - What's the Cheapest?
The Playstation 3 "Slim" console is the model which is currently being sold in stores. This iteration of the PS3 contains either a 160gb or a 320GB hard drive. The 160GB Playstation console retails for around £190, and the PS3 320gb retails for around £230. There does not tend to be much fluctuation in these basic prices, as the best offers are more likely to come in the form of PS3 bundle deals (read further down for these). If you see any basic Playstation 3 deals which are cheaper than this, they're worth checking out.
Note that when new versions come on to the market, the older model of the Playstation console tend to get cheaper - watch out for deals during that time.
You can add virtually any notebook/laptop 2.5” hard drive to your Playstation 3, swapping it out with your current one.
For example, you can pick up a 500GB 2.5" internal hard drive for cheap, around £60, from the likes of eBuyer or Novatech. If you've picked up the basic Playstation console for about £190, then you've got a 500GB console for about £250 in total. If you think you're going to need this extra storage space, then it's going to be more cost-effective to find a cheap deal on the 160GB console, then upgrading your hard drive in this fashion.
If you plan on buying games from the Playstation Store rather than retail boxed games, or if you also have a PS Vita, then a larger HDD is essential for game storage.
Cheap PS3 Bundle Deals
Strangely, Playstation 3 bundle deals for the 320GB model can actually work out LESS expensive than buying the console on its own. Deals on the 320gb PS3 model with a game and/or Blu-ray can often be found for around £200 to £220. The games featured in these bundles will likely change over time to reflect new and more popular releases.
- How much Hard Drive space are you looking for?
- Are you looking for an all-encompassing Playstation Move bundle?
- Are there any particular PS3 games you're looking forward to playing?
When it comes to the PS3, the hard drive situation is a straight toss up between 160 and 320 GB. The former retails for around £180 on its own, with its larger cousin going for roughly £220-230. But bundles are where it's at with the PS3. Are you looking for a bundle including Playstation Move? Have you had your eye on cheap PS3 games like Uncharted 3? If you're in the market for a Playstation Move, it's usually better to nab that bundle as the Move Starter Pack is still holding its price at £40-50 and you'll usually be able to pick most PS3 games for less than that. Particularly on here.
Amazon frequently has excellent PS3 bundle deals, with a variety of games to choose from. They change on a frequent basis though, and the games and accessories may vary. It's also worth monitoring Zavvi, Play and the Game group for good PS3 bundle deals.
Optional Playstation 3 Accessory Deals
Contained in the box with the basic PS3 console, you'll find a wireless dual shock controller - just the one. For multiplayer, you'll need to invest in additional Playstation controllers, unless they come as part of a bundle deal.
An official Sony wireless controller will cost you around £35. They have been known to drop to £25 to £30, but this is a fairly rare occurrence.
You can often find better PS3 controller deals on eBay - just make sure you check what brand you're buying, and don't get a cheap knock-off. Gamers tend to stick with the Sony branded controllers as the batteries tend to have a better shelf life, and the Sony controllers themselves are more durable and less prone to breakages.
If you are using your PS3 as a media player then the Playstation Blu Ray Media Remote is pretty much essential and will cost you around £7 to £20 depending on current offers. Check the deals on Amazon and Play.com to get an idea of rough prices.
The Playstation Move Starter Set is the answer to Microsoft and Nintendo's motion gaming. This will cost you around £40 for a motion camera, move wand and possibly a game. Although they're not essential, you can also purchase the Move Navigation controller and additional Move Wand controllers for your PS3 separately.
A PS3 Wireless Keypad will cost around £10 and clips onto your controller for easier typing. Alternatively, you can use any USB keyboard and just plug it in and you're ready to go. You can pick up a cheap USB keyboard from Amazon or eBay, and you've saved a few quid. A keypad is essential if you wish to use the web browser as the controller because the on-screen keyboard is just too fiddly for anything more than very occasional browsing.
If you are going to chat while you play, a PS3 headset is essential to talk with friends and rivals online. A basic bluetooth headset can be picked up from anywhere for around £5 and upwards.
On purchasing a basic Playstation 3 console, it will come with an audio/video cable. For better picture quality, spend a few quid on an HDMI or component cable. Amazon Marketplace can be pretty good for finding cheap HDMI cables, where you can expect to pay around £2.50 to £5.
Cheapest PS3 Accessory Deals:
Cheap PS3 Games
New Playstation 3 games sell for around £30 to £40 upon release, but prices generally fall fairly rapidly. Combine this with the older games and pre-owned games market and there are a vast amount of PS 3 games that can be had from a few pounds upwards.
Remember to call in on the HUKD forums if you're looking for cheap PS 3 games - there can be short-lived offers featuring low priced Playstation 3 games, which only are available for a matter of minutes or hours.
For cheap pre-owned PS3 games, places such as eBay, CEX, and Game are a good port of call.
Cheapest PS3 Game Deals:
- 1471° Cheap Pre-Owned PS3 And Xbox 360 Games Cex
- 1268° The Last of Us £21.99 New, delivered free @ Game
- 693° Skylanders Swap Force for Xbox/PS3 at Toys R Us £36.99 (or £31.99 with code)
- 442° Fallout New Vegas Ultimate Edition £3.99 Pre Owned on PS3 @ GAME instore
- 428° Ni No Kuni Wrath Of The White Witch PS3 £14.82 @amazon
- 398° Brand New PS3 Games (inc. Many Move Titles) from £1.99 In-Store at HMV
- 385° Red Dead Redemption Game of the Year Edition - £7.99 Preowned PS3 @ Game Instore
- 363° Saints Row The Third: The Full Package XBOX 360/PS3 @ GAME - £10.99 NEW
- 358° Midway Arcade Origins PS3 Game @ Shopto.net £8.86 *30+ Games Including Smash TV & Pit Fighter!*
- 280° Resident Evil Revelations Xbox 360/PS3 @ GAME - £14.49 NEW
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The Playstation Network
The Playstation Network (PSN) is free to access and also offers free online gaming. However, for £40 per year, you can subscribe to the PS+ Service which gives you monthly free games, dynamic themes, exclusive beta access to forthcoming titles and discounts on new and old PSN content - so could well be worth the investment.
Cheapest PSN Deals:
- 639° PSN Sci-Fi Sale Vanquish 3.95, Far Cry: Blood Dragon £4.99 & Loads More PS3/PS Vita
- 473° Free on PSN - F2P - PS3/4 - Games & Apps
- 425° FIFA 14 on PS3 for £21.99!! Using £25 PSN card for £21.99 from ElectronicFirst
- 411° PLAYSTATION PLUS 1 YEAR MEMBERSHIP, PSV, PS3, PS4 - £33.99 @ Electronic First
- 398° Flow PS4 Game Now Available on PSN @ £3.99
- 372° PSN Store Sale 4th December (Not Part Of The 12 Deals)
- 349° The Walking Dead Episode 1 - Currently free on Xbox Games Store and PlayStation Network
- 347° PS Vita Tearaway™ + The Special Delivery Pre-order Pack £19.99 (Download/Pre-order) @ PSN)
- 338° Playstation Plus 365 day Subscription £29.99 @ HMV
- 335° Amazon USA - PSN Black Friday deals - COD GHOSTS, BATTLEFIELD 4, GTA V, AC IV- £18.50 [steam]
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