Object of desire

The hefty price tag of Sony's eagerly awaited PlayStation 3 is unlikely to put gamers off when it hits the shelves in the UAE this month.

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By  Administrator Published  April 1, 2007

The hefty price tag of Sony's eagerly awaited PlayStation 3 is unlikely to put gamers off when it hits the shelves in the UAE this month.

Priced at US$680 it takes game playing to a new level using the ultimate in cutting edge, high definition technology and features graphics so sharp that gamers could find it hard to tell truth from fiction.

But if you think it's too expensive for a toy, check out what you could get for the same price, including some retro gaming classics.

Two Nintendo Wiis: For those who want a truly interactive gaming experience - and don't mind making fools of themselves in the process - the US$250 Nintendo Wii is a gamer's dream toy.

It allows players to physically control game characters by moving around in front of their TV sets - which means you can forget about remembering button combinations and enjoy lurching wildly around.

One Xbox 360 (for US$130 less). When it was launched last year the Xbox 360 priced at US$520 was the talk of the gaming world. But it could have a tough time competing against the dazzling new console on the block.

However for those who cannot afford the PlayStation 3 it's the ideal choice. It is accompanied by a huge range of games and provides online gaming facilities so that die-hard geeks across the world can pit their wits against each other.

Its creators are soon to launch an HD-DVD player add-on for watching high definition movies.

Six Nintendo GameCubes: It was first unveiled in August 2000 priced at US$100 and the Nintendo GameCube's main appeal is its small size, making it portable and ideal for traveling executives who want to play games on the go.

Despite its size however it is said to have superior graphics processing power and better Pro Logic sound than the original Sony PlayStation 2 model. It can be connected to a Game Boy Advance to transfer game data and can also be linked up to another GameCube so that players can compete against each other.

Five PlayStation 2s: This console remains as popular as ever and its price tag of US$130 could ensure its continued success in spite of its successor, the PlayStation 3's release. Since its first release it has become the fastest selling and most popular gaming console in history and by March 2006 105 million PS2 units had been shipped worldwide. Its hardware can read both CDs and DVDs and it is also compatible with older PlayStation games.

Critically acclaimed games that can be played on the PS2 include the Grand Theft Auto series, Final Fantasy, the Ace Combat Series and Gran Turismo A Spec.

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