How Much Does a Playstation 3 Cost?
The Sony Playstation 3, better known as the PS3, is not simply a gaming unit. It has many other functions and perks that make it well worth the money.
How much is it?
- The PlayStation 3 cost will vary according the memory size. A PS3 with an 80 GB memory will cost about $250. A PS3 with 120 GB memory will cost about $300, and one with a 320 GB memory will cost about $350.
- A PS3 that comes with the “Move” bundle, a “simple, easy-to-use controller [which] captures a full range of motion giving you ultimate control over how you play the game.” A PS3 with Move capabilities will cost about $50 more or about $100 if purchased separately.
Playstation 3 – 30GB
$200 to $300
Playstation 3 – 40GB
$130 to $250
Playstation 3 – 60GB
$165 to $299
Playstation 3 – 80GB
$177 to $299
Playstation 3 – 160GB
Playstation 3 – 250GB
$150 to $350
Playstation 3 – 320GB
Playstation 3 – 320GB with Move Bundle
Playstation 3 Bundle with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Playstation 3 Uncharted 3 Bundle
Playstation 3 Call of Duty: Black Ops Bundle
Playstation 3 80GB MotorStorm Bundle
$230 to $300
Playstation 3 40GB Metal Gear Solid 4
$350 to $450
Playstation 3 160GB Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Bundle
$189 to $300
Playstation 3 250GB with LittleBigPlanet and HDMI Cable
$400 to $500
Playstation 3 160GB with Gran Turismo 5 Bundle
$400 to $500
NOTE: Most of the games noted above are for a new version. Older, used versions can often be 30 percent cheaper. Actual prices can be found here.
What is going to be included?
- According to playstation.com, the PS3 has everything. “The PS3™ system has built-in Wi-Fi and huge amounts of storage for games, add-ons, music, videos and photos. Its built-in Blu-ray player shows HD movies at 1080p so you get pristine picture quality. We’ve got Netflix for streaming movies and our own PlayStation®Store where you can download hundreds of games, free demos, and stream thousands of TV shows and movies.”
- When you purcahse a PS3, all the hardware, cords, and plugs should be included, as well as a users’ manual.
- A PS3 purchase will also include one controller.
- If a bundle is purchased, the game will come included with the purchase as well. The box will indicate exactly what’s going to come equipped with the purchase, so it’s best to read before making a purchase.
What are the extra costs?
- The main extra cost of a PS3 is the movies and games which it plays. An average game for the PS3 will cost $50 while the average blu-ray movie will cost $20-$25. Games can also be downloaded via the Playstation Network. The cost of these downloadable games will greatly vary depending on the game that is being downloaded.
- An extra controller for your PS3 will cost about $40. These controllers will run on a USB charger that plugs directly into the Playstation. Longer cords may be necessary for those that are further from the TV
- A blu-ray remote for your PS3 will cost about $20. While optional, it’s ideal for those that want to use their Playstation as a primary DVD player.
- There are many other accessories which can be purchased for a PS3, such as chargers, head-sets, skins, keypads, etc.
- HDMI cables are highly recommended for those that have a high definition TV. This will greatly enhance the picture quality. HDMI cables will start at $5 per cable and can go up from there.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
$49 to $59
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
$35 to $59
$35 to $59
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
$45 to $59
Batman Arkham Asylum
$15 to $25
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
$45 to $59
Mass Effect 3
$30 to $59
Final Fantasy XIII
$25 to $40
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
$30 to $40
God of War III
$25 to $30
NOTE: Prices are accurate as of July, 2012. Prices noted above are for brand new games. Used games can often be 30 percent cheaper.
How can I save money?
- When purchasing a PS3, look for special deals in weekly ads . These could include things such as a free Move bundle with purchase, a free game with purchase, or a free blu-ray with purchase.
- A refurbished PS3 can be purchased through stores such as Best Buy or through dealers such as Amazon. By purchasing a model that is a few years old, you can save up to 20 to 50 percent off your purchase. If going this route, it’s best to know the return policy.
- Consider looking at the capacity of the hard drive. If you’re a casual gamer that doesn’t play a lot, it’s probably ideal to get a lower capacity based hard drive, seeing the majority of the hard drive won’t be used.