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40GB PS3 Coming Nov. 2, Price Reduced For 80GB Model

Jack Tretton's Avatar + Posted by Jack Tretton on Oct 18, 2007 // President & CEO

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With all the speculation and buzz out there regarding the 40GB PS3 announcements in Japan and Europe, I am very excited to confirm that the new $399 PS3 model will be coming to North America on November 2nd, making that particular configuration available worldwide. In North America, the 40GB PS3 comes bundled with the block-buster movie Spider-Man 3 on Blu-ray. Also, effective today, we’ve lowered the purchase price of our 80GB model by $100 to $499.

This move has been part of our longer term business strategy for PS3 since early on and we believe this lower priced model, combined with our broad line-up of content will appeal to a great many of you who want a lower entry price without sacrificing any of the core components of PS3. With today’s news, we’re strengthening our position approaching this holiday season and beyond with the intent to provide you with a choice and an excellent entry point into HD games and movies.

Adding to the appeal of the new retail pricing is the great PS3 lineup that will help further drive our momentum this holiday, including Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, THE EYE OF JUDGMENT, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Heavenly Sword, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Assassin’s Creed, Haze and Rock Band. And that’s just the beginning: This holiday lineup will be followed in 2008 by highly-anticipated Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, Grand Theft Auto IV, Killzone 2, LittleBigPlanet and, of course, PlayStation Home.

Our goal this holiday season is to make PS3 even more affordable and to offer you greater choice to suit your gaming and entertainment needs. Again, I want to thank all of you for your continued support throughout this past year and I look forward to the months and years ahead.

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+ Dominican21 on October 31st, 2007 at 10:21 am said:

Sony you rule!! but need a little bit of less delays. Where is update 2.0?? Great job at cutting the price to stay competitive.


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+ fubar on November 6th, 2007 at 4:21 pm said:

I don’t see why some of you guys are complaining about the price drop. Can’t you see that by buying early you have avoided this reshuffling of the ps3 for better or worst. In my opinion the HARDWARE BC 60 gig is the best sku, pity they say their gonna discontinue it but It’s the most balanced of the skus right now ,with all the features. So I’m glad I got mine. They could find a software solution to the problem of BC for the 40 gig and its kinda clever that it will be a software update. Now the card readers, how are we gonna transfer data to and from it, the usb ports, using a bluetooth adapter? For now they need a competitive install base that’s what the 40 gig’s for, also imagine if they had msg4, killzone 2,heavenly sword, warhawk and final fantasy xiii at launch or close behind they may have sold more ps3s without having to cannibalize the system. Good games alone would have saved sony and that’s what they need a lot of good games,sony also has to get the monkey off their shoulder with people actually convinced there are no good games on the ps3, they have them and are getting them but at a sluggish pace compared to 360’s head start and wii’s faster production rate but this is changing as we speak, more developers are acquainted with ps3 architecture. They now have an affordably priced ps3 although there is no BC an update may remedy this and in the meantime play ps3 games. If you can’t live without BC buy a 60 gig or 80 gig.


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+ lakaihigh on November 6th, 2007 at 5:08 pm said:

@ fubar – great write up but in case you didn’t know the 80 gig PS3 uses BC emulation. its not real BC like the original 60 and 20 gigs. it doesn’t have the emotion engine like them! :) but yeah I totally agree with you that people looking for the best deal would have to be the 60 gig PS3.

Cheers,
Lh


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+ fubar on November 6th, 2007 at 8:20 pm said:

@Lakaihigh-Yeah I did know.I put hardware bc in capitals to emphasize, it’s the first word on the third line.The choice to go software seems wise in the long-run though , it’ll be cheaper and more efficient to do bc in future consoles and with time it will get better, we shouldn’t have to worry about the future of this feature if sony is committed to it. Emulation may be be a double edged sword as it may encourage piracy, sony has to be careful about that.As everyone knows graphics alone don’t make a good game maybe sony should be looking for more good 2d games kinda like okami to carry
some of the demand.


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