Sony Announces Japanese PS3 Pricing Details
Sony is coming clean with a ton of launch information today, especially in the realm of peripherals. But perhaps even more importantly, they released final pricing details for Japan in regards to the PS3’s launch titles. There have been constant rumors surrounding the possibility of higher-priced PS3 software, but the first set of launch titles – supposedly – has been given the standard $59.99 price tag here in the U.S. With this in mind, the following is Japanese-only at this point.
The prices range from the surprisingly low to the slightly high, so we’ve got both the good and the bad. At the low end are two mahjong games; Konami’s Mahjong Fight Club National Competition Edition (5,229 yen) and Koei’s Mahjong Taikai IV (5,040 yen). Next up are the first-party titles: both Resistance: Fall of Man and Genji: Days of the Blade will hold a price tag of 5,980 yen, which is actually quite a bit lower than expected. The standard tax-included price for current generation software is 7,140 yen.
As previously announced, Sega Golf Club will retail for 7,140 yen and so will Sonic the Hedgehog, which doesn’t hit Japan until December 21. And lastly, we move to the higher end, which features Ridge Racer 7 and Gundam: Target in Sight. Both of these games will cost 7,329 yen, which is actually the same price that Konami charged for most of their PS2 titles. And of course, as expected, From Software will release the highest-priced PS3 title, Armored Core 4, on December 14. This one will carry a price of 8,190 yen, but again, the AC games have always cost this much.
Just remember that we still don’t have an official word on North American software pricing, so for now, all we can do is accept the above as a good sign. We’ll keep you updated with any U.S. pricing announcements as they become available.
10/3/2006 Ben Dutka