While I was down in Singapore 2 weekends back, one of my main objectives was to locate the new game consoles that have been so recently released in the US. I am specifically talking about the Nintendo Wii (also see Wii.com), and Sony Play Station 3. On the side, I was also looking to compare prices for Microsoft’s Xbox 360. Glad to say, mission complete.
It is important to note that the newer Wii and PS3 have not been released for the Asian market, with the obvious exception of Japan. It has been released for Australia, which falls under the Asia Pacific region. If you’re thinking of getting a machine from the Singapore or Malaysian market, it will be from the gray market (different from black market). These boxes are usually brought in from the US. There are also some variations from the Japan market (specifically the Japanese version of Nintendo Wii). However, these boxes are only able to play Japanese language games from that region. The PlayStation 3 comes in 2 different harddisk sizes, 20GB and 60GB. There’s a significant difference in terms of price.
As of the date of this post, there has been no official word from either Nintendo or Sony (Malaysia) on the release date for the region. We’ll just have to wait and see. On with the price comparisons:
|Game Console||Singapore||Malaysia (RM)|
|Sony PlayStation3 (20GB)||850.00||1970.00||N/A|
|Sony PlayStation3 (60GB)||890.00||2060.00||3799.00|
|Microsoft XBox 360||550.00||1270.00||1799.00|
Singapore exchange rate is roughly RM2.32 = SGD1.00.
The new game stations are unmodified machines. There aren’t any mod chips available yet. Only XBox 360 is modified. I’m not sure whether the Singapore price for the XBox is fully modified or not (forgot to ask) but the Malaysian price includes all the standard modifications (don’t ask me what ’standard’ means). With all these variations and configurations available, be sure you know what you’re getting before actually making the purchase.
Probably the best place to look for a game console in Singapore is Lucky Plaza along Orchard Road. This is the Singaporean equivalent of Sungai Wang and Low Yatt in Kuala Lumpur.
It is much cheaper to purchase the game stations from Singapore. However, you’ll have to pay taxes when you cross the border. Not sure the amount of tax that is levied. Might wind up paying more or less the same price. I suppose you could try flying in from Langkawi.
There you go. Still in time for Christmas if you hurry.