Taken from the Saturday Daily Mirror. It's a tabloid, so take what you will of it. ====================================== $425 Playstation Price Leaps before Launch A SONY boss let slip that its new Playstation3 will cost £425 - £84 more than expected. The price, £140 more than rival Microsoft's XBox360, will shock parents who were expected to snap up the consoles as a 'must have' present next Christmas. Initially two versions were to be launched with a basic PS3 at £341.50 and a more powerful model at £409.95. Sony's UK boss Ray Maguire accidentally revealed the higher price in an interview with Eurogamer TV, to be shown next week. He admitted the price tag would put the silver cased machine beyond reach for many gamers. But he said it was still 'a bargain' because of its sophisticated new Blu-ray technology. He said: "I don't think it's an expensive machine. I think it's probably a cheap machine." "If you think a Blu-ray high-def player by itself might be £600-700 and we're coming in at just £425." Sony is 8 months behind schedule with the UK launch, not set for Novermber 17, and experts say the PS3 might be in danger of pricing itself out of the market. The firm had planned to have them in shops by the Spring but glitches with the Blu-ray DVD disc drive forced a rethink. It still plans to have two million ready for the worldwide launch, and another six million by March. ====================================== £425 comes in at something like $770 for you US folks, though obviously it won't be priced like that over there. In the UK we're faced with extortionate console prices.