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by Mike Zazaian September 26, 2006 - 3:39pm, 6 Comments

PS3 in silver

While Playstation fans got a scare yesterday when Sony announced PS3 games would run between $79.99 and $89.99 in Japan, King Kutaragi has quickly allayed those fears with more modest pricing on US soil.

The Sony Style website began accepting pre-orders on games for its upcoming Playstation 3 at $59.99 US, the same price as current Xbox 360 games. After release of the Japanese game pricing yesterday, fans make a quick yen-to-dollar conversion and briefly thought that Sony would jack consumers with game prices as high as 90 dollars. Ultimately those fears proved to be completely unfounded, and games for the console will compete head-on with Microsoft’s pricing.

Playstation 3 consoles will ship on November 17th, with a circulation of only 400,000 units throughout the US. At 400,000 the PS3 will be the poorest initial showing in the US, with Microsoft shipping over 3 million units for its launch last year, and Nintendo announcing only today that 1 million Wii consoles will hit the US this holiday season. Granted, the United States is Microsoft’s primary market, but with only 400,000 units Sony is making way for further market penetration by Microsoft and Nintendo.

At launch the PS3 will boast 30 games, including Tekken 6, Vision Gran Turismo and the highly-anticipated Metal Gear Solid 4.

[via Slashgear]