The first PlayStation 3 consoles sold at HMV's launch in the UK will cost £675 - almost £250 more than the console itself. Gamers in the UK were already angry at the UK price for Sony's new console. The PS3 costs the equivalent of £300 in the US. In Japan its price equates to only £250.
The 60GB PlayStation 3's UK base price is £425. HMV has opened up preorders for its PS3 as part of a £675 bundle that includes a PlayStation Portable and two PSP games: 'Killzone: Liberation' and 'Gangs of London'. Buying further games for the new console is likely to add at least another £50 to that sum.
Customers who purchase the HMV bundle will take precedence over others who simply order the console on its own. The company will have only 'up to 5,000' units available, it says.
Several websites have been offering preorders for the PS3 for some time now. Almost all sell the console as part of a bundle, stealth charging early-adopters a premium for being first.
Only the 60GB version of Sony's console will be available during the initial launch period. A cheaper 20GB console will become available later.