In an effort to claim the catbird seat in the battle of next-generation video game consoles, Sony Corp. Monday said it plans to launch its PlayStation 3 (PS3) hardware in November with an extensive slate of games and a slew of online capacities, at a price considerably higher than any previous console.
Sony, Japan-based Sony said the PS3 would come in two varieties, one with a 20 gigabyte hard drive for $499, and another with a 60 gigabyte hard drive for $599. Microsoft sells a stripped-down version of its next-generation Xbox 360 console for $299, while one including a 20 gigabyte hard drive sells for $399.
Sony executives had foreshadowed that the PS3 would cost more that that of Microsoft, they also unveiled a new wireless, movement-sensitive controller that sets it apart from the 360 and the "Wii" free-hand controller from Nintendo. Microsoft and Nintendo Co. Ltd. hold press conferences Tuesday. More...