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What happened to the 160GB PS3?

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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
There's been talk of 160GB ps3 being released today, yet HMV have pulled it from their site and nowhere else shows it on their websites. Went into GAME yesterday and they'd not even heard that the 160GB ps3 was being released!

Does anybody know what's happened to it, and why there's not been more publicity for it?
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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#2
I forgot to look on GAME website. Just assumed they wouldnt have it because the stores didn't know anything about it.
#3
As we've discussed in another thread, but again here to help everybody else...

The GAME Group stores (including GamePlay, and GameStation), and John Lewis are all listing 160Gb PS3 consoles (with “FIFA 09”, “Fallout 3”, or on their own). HMV changed their listing of this item to “unavailable” / “Availability: sorry this title is deleted” on Wednesday. Zavvi, Amazon, and Play.com are not listing them at all (at present).

Interestingly, John Lewis are offering the console included with “a voucher booklet with 4 free exciting games to download from the PSN store - GT5: Prologue, Ratchet & Clank Quest for Booty, Warhawk and Last Guy” (as well as a bundle with PlayTV), but everybody else is listing “Super Stardust HD” instead of “Warhawk”.

GameStation also bundles a Blu-ray movie of “Transformers” for seemingly no additional cost.


I purchased the only 160Gb in GAME in Chelmsford this morning according to the sale representative I spoke to. I did ask for two units, but she had to check stocks "with the manager" & came back to inform me that they only had one available. Not sure if this was a ploy to then offer me extended (by a further 2 year) insurance "as these consoles are so limited, if it breaks you are likely to be offered an 80Gb one instead", but if backfired as I didn't buy the insurance (nor a second console, more to the point).

The pack included PlayStation Store codes for “Gran Turismo 5: Prologue”, “Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty”, “Super Stardust HD”, & “The Last Guy”… as well as a DUALSHOCK 3 controller.

Apparently, there are only 20 GAME Stores in the UK that will be selling these units.
(again, according to the sales representative in Chelmsford. "Citation needed", I think)

HMV did not have any at all.
The Sony Centre store said they were not expecting any in stock to sell, but they did say that there were 400 units sat in a warehouse in Basildon for distribution across the UK.
(Sorry, I should have queried if this was 400 just for Sony Centre stores, or for all retailers).

I ordered another online from GamePlay [so far without any issues regarding stock shortages].
UPDATE: There was, in fact, an issue with this order. I have now cancelled the order, and my entire account at GamePlay.co.uk, and placed a subsequent order at Game.co.uk instead. (Albeit I'll ultimately be lining the pockets of the same people in the long term).


I could foresee this release going badly due to the lack of information leading up to the launch (from when I first commented on the ThreeSpeech.com thread [21 August 2008]); hence why I summarised my research to date (on a few threads this morning) to help anybody else who would be interested.

No advertising anywhere. No promotion. No idea.

Anybody else found difficulty buying these in "the high street"?

BFN,

fp.
#4
fanpages
...I ordered another online from GamePlay [so far without any issues regarding stock shortages]....


I think I may have jinxed that online transaction as I received an e-mail to inform me that "Regrettably on this occasion we [GamePlay.co.uk] have been unable to fulfil your order. This may be for a number of reasons, if you wish to discuss this order please call our customer service team on 0845 3454 4(forty)".

So that I did, but the outcome of the conversation was that I requested the closure of my Gameplay.co.uk account (that will take 24 hours to complete) rather than rectifying the transaction through to a successful order placement.

Although previously placing an order (earlier this year) & receiving this at the same address as I requested delivery on this occasion, I have now apparently failed GamePlay's "security check" procedure.

The advisor on the telephone although initially helpful eventually ended the call whilst I was continuing to speak to confirm my details would be deleted from the GamePlay database records.

Although I realise Game & GamePlay are ultimately the same organisation, I have now placed an online order at GAME for another 160Gb console [QuidCo: 1.5% "This merchant pays cashback based on the order value excluding VAT and delivery charges"; £3 off £30 voucher code, and Reward Points with this purchase: 3400 (= £8.50)].


Yes, I appreciate the cost of the console is a lot of money for GamePlay to lose if the transaction turns out to be fraudulent, especially in times of reduced consumer spending due to the world's economy. However, given that I am a repeat customer, and I didn't take too kindly to how the customer services call progressed (certainly when I was cut-off mid sentence), if they wish to lose my business without putting me in touch with a more senior advisor as I wished (prior to my request to close my account), then this is enough for me to take my business elsewhere (for good).

And it's not as if I can afford anything else this month or next now anyway :)

BFN,

fp.
#5
fanpages

[QuidCo: 1.5% "This merchant pays cashback based on the order value excluding VAT and delivery charges";



i noticed cashback kings do 3% on hardware, but not too sure how fast they are in paying out, not used them much

http://www.cashbackkings.com/game/bargains/m355
#6
AugQX
i noticed cashback kings do 3% on hardware, but not too sure how fast they are in paying out, not used them much

http://www.cashbackkings.com/game/bargains/m355


Thanks for that link.

"Earn 11% cashback on software and 3% on hardware. Cashback will appear once your order has been dispatched."

This is how the QuidCo incentives used to be. The cashback at Game/GamePlay/GameStation have been on, off, and back on again recently. I will look at CashBackKings.com though.

Thanks.

BFN,

fp.
#7
Winds me up that sony are doing a M$ special and releasing new models with nothing extra other than a bigger hdd.

Get a 20gb model, sell the hdd and grab a 320gb hdd for around 50 squids. Takes 2 mins to swap it out :whistling:

I like Sony but this **** honestly boils my p*ss :x
#8
caseh
Winds me up that sony are doing a M$ special and releasing new models with nothing extra other than a bigger hdd.

Get a 20gb model, sell the hdd and grab a 320gb hdd for around 50 squids. Takes 2 mins to swap it out :whistling:

I like Sony but this **** honestly boils my p*ss :x


You do get the voucher codes for downloading content from the PlayStation Store with the 160Gb model...

“Gran Turismo 5: Prologue”, “Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty”, “Super Stardust HD”, & “The Last Guy”.

or

“Gran Turismo 5: Prologue”, “Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty”, “Warhawk”, & “The Last Guy”.

(Although I have only personally seen the box with "Super Stardust HD")


If you wanted to take advantage of the included voucher codes & download all of these items (to fill up your higher capacity hard drive) then you would be effectively saving a substantial amount.

BFN,

fp.
#10


GameStation are now no longer offering the £359.99 bundle of either the 160Gb console + "FIFA 09" or the 160Gb console + "Fallout 3" (Standard edition).

They now have two different bundle 'deals'...

£399.99 for...

[LIST]
[*]Playstation 3 160Gb HDD (includes 4 FREE Downloads)
[*] Burnout Paradise
[*] FIFA 09
[*] Transformers (Blu-ray movie)
[*] Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom
[/LIST]

or

£449.99 for...

[LIST]
[*]Playstation 3 160Gb HDD (includes 4 FREE Downloads)
[*] Burnout Paradise
[*] Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
[*] Siren Blood Curse
[*] The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Game of the Year Edition)
[*] FIFA 09
[*] Transformers (Blu-ray movie)
[*] Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom
[/LIST]


BFN,

fp.
#11
FYI:

There seems to be stock of 160Gb PS3 consoles at Comet.co.uk (but online or collect in-store) but you are restricted to their package deal on offer:

Playstation 3 160gb console + play tv + hdmi cable
---
Product code 990088
Separate selling price £419.97
Package savings £20.00
£399.97

Delivery options - free delivery available
Collect from store available

Free basic delivery 5 - 8 days
Standard delivery 2 - 5 days

In this package:

Sony playstation 3 160gb £339.99
Ps3 playtv £59.99
Gioteck ps3 hdmi cable £19.99

Peace of mind when you buy a Comet cover plan

Upgrade to 3 Years Cover for £49.99
---

BFN,

fp.
#12
Also, apparently stocks of "1-3" at the Solihull (high street) branch of CEx.co.uk...

---
Origin: UK
New or second hand? Second-hand product
Warranty: 12 months warranty on all items (excludes consumables)
CeX stores sell: £350.00
CeX stores buy for cash: £210.00
CeX Stores give exchange value: £280.00
In stock online: 0

Available here

CeX Stores that have this item in stock:

Store Stock
Solihull 1-3
---

BFN,

fp.
#13
Actually you can get the 160gb console on its own at comet, I bought one yesterday for £339.99 + free delivery.
#14
neils123
Actually you can get the 160gb console on its own at comet, I bought one yesterday for £339.99 + free delivery.


Can I ask why?

No one needs the bigger HDD from the start, and it's better to buy a bundle (2 games, 80GB) for £300, then buy a 320GB HDD for £50 and you've only spent £20 more.

And you have 2 extra games, and a spare 80GB for £20.
#15
the 160gb comes with 4 games anyway (gt prologue, ratchett & clank, super stardust and something else...), so actually for less than the price of buying 2 games, you get the bigger hard drive.

Wether thats a better deal than the Blockbuster/HMV/Amazon 80gb packages is another matter, but on its own the 160gb DOES offer better value for money.
#16
social lurker
the 160gb comes with 4 games anyway (gt prologue, ratchett & clank, super stardust and something else...), so actually for less than the price of buying 2 games, you get the bigger hard drive.

Wether thats a better deal than the Blockbuster/HMV/Amazon 80gb packages is another matter, but on its own the 160gb DOES offer better value for money.


If you do not have a suitable internet connection or you cannot connect your PS3 to the internet for whatever reason then the included redeemable voucher codes for the four titles are probably useless to you though (unless you sell them to, or trade them with, somebody else).

BFN,

fp.
#17
Just buy this:

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/-/2144/1411/-/3516598/Western-Digital-Scorpio-WD3200BEVT-320GB-2-5-Internal-SATA-Hard-Drive-Sony-Playstation-PS3-Compatible/Product.html?searchtype=genre

Use the play.com 5% off voucher to get it for £47 odd quid+quidco.

320GB hard drive, easy to install, sony almost encourage you to upgrade - instructions are on their website even!

Think it's just a matter of undoing one screw, then replacing the HDD unit. Mines in the post coming to me :)
#18
robtallica
...sony almost encourage you to upgrade - instructions are on their website even!...


If you read the user "instructional" manual issued with the PS3 you'll see there are diagrams & text demonstrating how to change your hard drive.

Your warranty is not affected. The ability to change the hard drive yourself is by design.

Of course you would not be receiving a 12 month warranty for the whole PS3 if you just buy a new hard drive, or a new controller, or four games to download from the PlayStation Store.

That said I have a 500Gb Western Digital Scorpio ready to drop into my 60Gb PS3. I've had it since mid-February last year... and haven't found the time to install it yet! :)

BFN,

fp.
#19
Really what is it with people and backwards compatibility, a PS2 Slim can be picked up for peanuts now on gumtree (often with games) and takes up practically no space (the thing is only a little bigger than a DVD Case FFS!) so aesthetics are hardly a problem. Only slightly irritating thing I can think of are wired pads but really for the odd time you actually want to play a PS2 game I really don't think it's a problem.
#20
Xeijin
Really what is it with people and backwards compatibility, a PS2 Slim can be picked up for peanuts now on gumtree (often with games) and takes up practically no space (the thing is only a little bigger than a DVD Case FFS!) so aesthetics are hardly a problem. Only slightly irritating thing I can think of are wired pads but really for the odd time you actually want to play a PS2 game I really don't think it's a problem.


The 160Gb capacity model was not backwardly-compatible with PS2 titles. However, I'll try to answer your point (assuming we are discussing the 60Gb model).

For me, although I have a few PS2 consoles as well PS3 consoles, I like the ability to be able to backup my saved progress in PS2 (and PS1) game titles to an external USB drive from my 60Gb PS3 console. Much safer than copying to/from other PS2 memory cards; many of which have been corrupted in the past just due to typical usage.

I have a large collection of PS2 titles that are still played regularly, but I appreciate you may not.

BFN,

fp.
#21
fanpages
The 160Gb capacity model was not backwardly-compatible with PS2 titles. However, I'll try to answer your point (assuming we are discussing the 60Gb model).

For me, although I have a few PS2 consoles as well PS3 consoles, I like the ability to be able to backup my saved progress in PS2 (and PS1) game titles to an external USB drive from my 60Gb PS3 console. Much safer than copying to/from other PS2 memory cards; many of which have been corrupted in the past just due to typical usage.

I have a large collection of PS2 titles that are still played regularly, but I appreciate you may not.

BFN,

fp.


I was referring to the 60gb model (and the consequent complaining that occurs on practically all threads about ps2 compatibility) sorry if it wasn't implied. Backing up saves is fair enough, but lets be honest 90% of your average gamers are probably not going to go to those lengths. I can't agree with you on the memory card front as my 8mb from my old fat PS2 is still going strong, as is the GAME brand one I bought around the same time.

As for the playing of your PS2 library, I guess mileage varies. Mine do get the occasional play but really I barely find time to play the current gen titles.

Perhaps out of the scope of this discussion but can we expect Sony to keep supporting the older iterations of its consoles? I heard alot of complaining when the slim was released and software compatibility was also removed. I still can't see the great inconvenience of having a slim sat there if PS2 gaming is really in such demand.
#22
^^^The simple fact is that if backwards compatibility was kept, the PS3 would've appealed to more people, and sold more units, more quickly.

Could Sony afford to? I doubt it, but that's why people wanted BC.

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