Come on guys be realistic. $250 is not bad at all for a top gen console specially when it has a blu ray player as a bonus.
I would hardly call Sony or Apple greedy with respect to their hardware, considering with the low margins these products make per unit. Read about it. You want greed look at HDTV manufacturers, those have huge profit margins.
tmc8080 you're wrong. The PS3 cost a fortune to make in the beginning and when it was released at $600 it was not profitable. It exceeded $800 to manufacture a PS3 in 2006. Yes $800 ! They make their money on the games.
Console hardware, like any PC product, has a premium price when initially released. and comes down over time. We all know this. Even at 250 they are not making much profit, they may still be taking a loss actually. In 2009 it still cost $336 for them to make the PS3 when it sold for $299. Can't find the current cost...
Anthony1uk I agree but for different reasons. It was always lie that PS3 had superior hardware. The video / graphics tech inside the 360 was a generation ahead of the PS3's nVidia GPU Sony used. 360 had the first DirectX 10 video card in it a year before they came to the PC, thanks to the collaboration between MS and ATI ! Its true. 360 has a more efficient, non-segmented / unified GPU architecture. PS3 had a higher CPU processing power but not GPU, and was far more difficult to program for.