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PS3 will win next-gen battle despite high price, says Stringer

Sony CEO Howard Stringer has conceded that the company has adopted a riskier strategy by giving the PlayStation 3 a high price tag - but said he's confident that it will still come out on top in the next-gen console war.

Sony CEO Howard Stringer has conceded that the company has adopted a riskier strategy by giving the PlayStation 3 a high price tag - but said he's confident that it will still come out on top in the next-gen console war.

"The price of the PS3 is high... But you're paying for potential," Stringer told a Tokyo press conference.

"Obviously, it's a higher-risk strategy as all new inventions are. But if the PS3 lives up to its total potential, then I don't think anyone will be worried about Nintendo or Xbox's cheaper price," he added.

The Xbox 360 Core system retails for 299.99 Euro, or 399.99 Euro for the hard drive-bundled version. Nintendo has yet to announce a price point for the Wii, but executives have previously confirmed that it will retail for less than US$ 250 (200 Euro).

The PlayStation 3, however, will go on sale for 499 Euro for the 20GB version and 599 Euro for the 60GB model. But consumers will be making a long term investment, according to Stringer - just as Sony has.

"When you bring into new technology, do you go for a cheaper transitional [product], or do you take a chance on future-proof, higher technology which will keep you going for many, many years?" he stated.

Stringer went on to concede that Hollywood movie studios, currently divided over whether to support Blu-Ray or Toshiba's rival HD-DVD format, could ultimately determine who wins the next-gen war.

However, the Sony CEO believes that film execs are "beginning to sense, in Blu-Ray, that the pendulum is swinging, and swinging for a clear reason" - namely that Blu-Ray discs can store more data.

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