HMV, a UK Retailer, is offering a pre-order service for the PlayStation 3 when it comes out on March 23rd, however there is an expensive catch. In order to receive priority, you must purchase a PS3/PSP bundle costing you GBP 675 (around USD 1,326). HMV and Sony have apparently teamed up together to offer 5,000 customers this special offer. If you don’t already own and PSP and are interested in buying a PS3, then this would be a good offer, but other than that, this deal is useless and very expensive.
Here is what the offer says:
“Want to be one of the lucky few to own a PlayStation 3 when it’s launched? At HMV.co.uk, we’ve been working with Sony to offer up to 5,000 customers an incredible deal when you buy the new Sony 4GB PSP. Anyone who takes advantage of this offer will get priority over other HMV.co.uk customers for the PlayStation 3 AND two great free games for the PSP – Killzone Liberation and Gangs of London.
Your PSP console and games will be dispatched from our warehouse as soon as we receive your order. We will ship your PlayStation 3 to you from our warehouse as soon as we receive consoles from Sony in accordance with our terms.”
So, is this really a good deal? Considering the PS3 (60GB) will cost around GBP 425 (USD 835), it means the PSP will cost you GBP 250 (USD 490). Also, seeing as the PS3 is more expensive that North America and Asia, we fail to see how this qualifies as a offer.