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Live from Leipzig: North American Hardware Announcements

John Koller's Avatar + Posted by John Koller on Aug 20, 2008 // VP of Platforms Marketing, SCEA

Hi everyone…as you read this, our counterparts at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe are wrapping up a press conference at the GC – Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany, which is the European version of E3. Some new PlayStation hardware was announced, and I wanted to let you know the details of how these products will be making their way to North America.

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune PS3 Bundle with 160GB PS3 System

The 160GB PS3 system announced at the GC will be available here as part of a new limited-edition bundle that includes the hardware, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune game, a PLAYSTATION Network voucher for PAIN, and a DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller. We’re hearing from a lot of you that more PS3 storage space is important, particularly since the launch of our video delivery service, and this new model delivers more memory and a whole lot of content packed-in. The 160GB PS3 has all of the same functionality as the new 80GB PS3 that’s popping up on retailer shelves now, but obviously has twice the HDD space, so you can build levels to your heart’s content in LittleBigPlanet, download a ton of videos, and still have room for your entire music collection. The Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune 160GB PS3 bundle launches in November for $499.99 (MSRP).

PS3 160gb bundle

New PSP Entertainment Packs with updated PSP (PSP-3000)

We also unveiled at Leipzig an updated PSP system (PSP-3000), which we’ll be offering here initially through the previously announced Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters PSP Entertainment Pack and a new PSP 4GB Memory Entertainment Pack. I’m personally excited about the 4GB Memory bundle because we’re including a – you guessed it – 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo, which is the biggest Memory Stick we’ve ever bundled with a PSP. Similar to the new PS3 model, this PSP bundle is the result of the current consumer usage model – where more and more of you are finding that extra memory space is crucial. Check out the press release here for more details on what’s included in the bundles.

PSP-3000 - Piano Black

The new PSP retains the size and features of the current, slimmed-down PSP (PSP-2000), while incorporating some hardware updates:

  • The LCD screen will have a wider color gamut and higher contrast ratio to deliver deeper, more vibrant colors, as well as anti-reflection technology so you can see the screen more clearly when playing outdoors. As you all know, the PSP’s screen is a key strength of the hardware, and this update adds an absolutely dazzling LCD screen to the handheld.
  • A built-in microphone allows for Skype calls and multi-player gaming communication directly from the hardware – eliminating the need for attaching a separate headset.

Similar to our firmware updates, the new PSP is simply an opportunity to evolve the platform with the newest technology without adding to the cost of the system. The PSP Entertainment Packs will continue to be $199.99 (MSRP), and later this year we’ll release a standalone, updated PSP in a PSP Core Pack, which remains at $169.99 (MSRP).

Ratchet PSP Entertainment Pack

PS3 Wireless Keypad

Lastly, we’ve announced a new Wireless Keypad for PS3 that will make text communications and Web browsing much easier. The Wireless Keypad snaps onto the top of a SIXAXIS or DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller and comes with some cool features, including a mode that turns the main key area into a touch pad (similar to a touch pad on a Laptop computer). Once in this mode, you can slide your finger on this area to move the cursor on the screen and tap to enter. There will be two short cut buttons on the Keypad that will enable users to jump directly to the XMB’s “Friends” icon and the “Message Box” during gameplay. The Wireless Keypad will launch in late November.

PS3 Wireless Keypad

Last but not least, the Wireless Keypad is a Bluetooth device that can not only be used with the PS3 system but with any other Bluetooth enabled device that has Keyboard functionality. You will be able to use it with your smart phones and other portable devices that are equipped with Bluetooth. With the PS3 system, it can be paired and charged seamlessly just by connecting them with a USB cable.

PS3 Wireless Keypad

That’s all for now on the hardware front. You’ll see much more on the games shown at GC in Leipzig in the coming days.

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+ Clinton514 on August 20th, 2008 at 9:05 am said:

Good thing I waited on this for another PSP.

ps. Thank goodness that PS3 keyboard is QWERTY. :) Good news.


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+ fusen on August 20th, 2008 at 9:05 am said:

SECOND!


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+ Zaku on August 20th, 2008 at 9:07 am said:

The PS3 Keyboard looks pretty slick. I’m going to have to pick one up it seems :)

And I also held off on a new PSP so with this recent announcement, I’ll have to pick one up when there is a break in the PS3 game releases.


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+ shahchip on August 20th, 2008 at 9:07 am said:

what happened to the 12 announcements… :(


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+ NewYork214 on August 20th, 2008 at 9:07 am said:

think i might get the keyboard. when it comes out. didnt see 12 announcements from sony. but not sure if there will be more coverage on games through the week. any new games annouced? besides the playstation eye pet game??


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+ iokomo on August 20th, 2008 at 9:07 am said:

not even mentioned HOME….that is sad


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+ misteroy on August 20th, 2008 at 9:08 am said:

Awesome! I just have one thing to say:

PLEASE SONY, PLEASE release the Playstation Network games on BluRay. I mean a ‘compilation’. On one (or more) BluRay discs, put all (maybe all the most-sold) PSN games!

Thanks, i hope for an answer!


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+ Fersis on August 20th, 2008 at 9:09 am said:

Im gonna buy that keyboard :D
And the PS Eye…


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+ fusen on August 20th, 2008 at 9:09 am said:

NVM… I can’t wait for PSP 3000!

NEW PSP Bundle PLEASE:
-Ceramic white PSP
-Crisis Core: FFVII
-FFVII: Advent Children UMD
-1GB Memory Stick
-A voucher to download FFXIII demo


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+ jwspiker on August 20th, 2008 at 9:09 am said:

seriously what happened to Backward compatibility. Would pay more for that, just to not have to worry about the silly Memory cards on the ps2. Made playing ps2 games so much more enjoyable. Hope my 60 gig ps3 never dies.


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+ elorm9 on August 20th, 2008 at 9:10 am said:

Awesome!!! Now I might get a PSP :)


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+ TheHater on August 20th, 2008 at 9:10 am said:

sweet. I am getting that keypad and the new psp3000. I am also going to get the 160GB PS3 sometime down the road. Maybe after Xmas


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+ eric1018 on August 20th, 2008 at 9:10 am said:

I want Home info! Athough, those hardware updates seem really cool! ;)


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+ Gaia on August 20th, 2008 at 9:11 am said:

Nice, I might end up trading in my DS for a PSP :). The keyboard looks pretty neat too.


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+ Silex99 on August 20th, 2008 at 9:11 am said:

It’s about time we got an official PS3 keyboard. I am glad I just spent $70 on the Logitech one. I am glad I held of on replacing my release date PSP though. This stuff looks great!


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+ Nero25 on August 20th, 2008 at 9:12 am said:

That was terrible. There were no new rpg announced, no home. No White Knight Story= Fail


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+ fusen on August 20th, 2008 at 9:12 am said:

A price drop for MGS4 PS3 bundle anytime soon?

Please give us more choices for the color of the PSP 3000.


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+ D1rk-Knight on August 20th, 2008 at 9:12 am said:

Wow that keyboard look awesome. I’ll make sure to get one for my self. Thank you guys & keep up with this great work.


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+ bLaZe412 on August 20th, 2008 at 9:13 am said:

Finally! Thnx so much. I needed a QWEERTY keyboard. Is there a price on it?


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+ Daver on August 20th, 2008 at 9:13 am said:

Really nice even if i already have my psp and ps3.. I’m gonna get one of those keypad tho in november.
Thanks, cant wait to hear more about new annoucements


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+ S-Bizzy on August 20th, 2008 at 9:13 am said:

@ Everyone wanting Home and other information:

This was just a hardware announcement blog post. There will be other announcements that come out of Leipzig.


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+ whoelse on August 20th, 2008 at 9:14 am said:

Awesome! And thanks for the pics.


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+ vandam on August 20th, 2008 at 9:14 am said:

NICE More storage. I’m happy with my current PS3(320 gig) though. But I might finally update my Fat PSP maybe. Keyboard looks very intersting pretty small compared to the moster of a keyboad I’m currently using. All in ALL the best Blog post I’ve heard all week. Now if we could get to that HOME Beta?


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+ flclsnipa2 on August 20th, 2008 at 9:15 am said:

first of all wheres the psp keyboard? i mean that would be sweet! now what colors can we expect because i always wanted ceramic white psp.lastly can we see any other new features for psp 3000 that sonys keeping secret


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+ flclsnipa2 on August 20th, 2008 at 9:17 am said:

any gps news for psp?


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+ Cerberus_Hunter on August 20th, 2008 at 9:17 am said:

I like the keyboard but how much will it cost?


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+ fusen on August 20th, 2008 at 9:19 am said:

Can we see videos from the conference on PS Store on Thursday?


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+ Razgriz1Ace on August 20th, 2008 at 9:19 am said:

some sweet stuff r coming… is the US going to get the music service that the PAL territories r getting?


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+ ftwrthtx on August 20th, 2008 at 9:20 am said:

We really want the GPS unit and maps for North America. When will get those?

Thanks for the info


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+ AdversaryofGod on August 20th, 2008 at 9:21 am said:

AWESOME!

Very nice for the PS3 QWERTY keyboard. I’ll buy it whatever the price. But I still hope it will be less than a DualShock 3.

And for the PSP-3000 with an anti-reflection screen… it was about time!!! I’ll buy it.
I’m always using my PSP connected to my in car head unit for movies and music. Under the sun I wasnt able to see a thing!


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+ leetfoo on August 20th, 2008 at 9:22 am said:

Your new “premium” system will have no PS2 bc. That’s just sad. Epic fail for sony.

Let’s just keep releasing models with different functionality so that the average consumer will have no idea what’s going on… Kinda like we slammed on MS for doing…


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+ iokomo on August 20th, 2008 at 9:22 am said:

oh i gave up. home is a myth. does not exist


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+ Ghostm on August 20th, 2008 at 9:22 am said:

I want that wireless keyboard now. OMG, I’ve been waiting for the official PS controller mini keypad forever. I really didn’t want to play with a full size keyboard in-front of me. Thank you thank you thank you!!!

Thank you god!!!


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+ EvoAnubis on August 20th, 2008 at 9:23 am said:

Sick!


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+ perrandy on August 20th, 2008 at 9:24 am said:

i agree with nero25 this was just terrible, no home, no lwp,no new rpgs announcements..man,this is getting old!
:(


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+ ps360 on August 20th, 2008 at 9:24 am said:

Awesome, I have been looking around for a bluetooth keyboard for my PS3 for while. Current offerings are just too expensive and all come with weird key layouts that I don’t like. Am really curious how the touchpad feature will work…

And ditto on the part about waiting to get a PSP. I’ve been wanting a newer version because my current Slenderly Challenged PSP have several dead pixels in it from day one. I regret back then to not call in for an exchange. :(

“The 160GB PS3 has all of the same functionality as the new 80GB PS3 that’s popping up on retailer shelves now…”

Are we talking about the Metal Gear 80GB bundles that have Software PS2? Or the new 80GB ones announced in E3 that are really 40GB ones with an 80GB HDD and don’t have Software PS2?
Basically, Will the PS3 160GB have Software PS2 in it? :)

Please clarify if possible… (not that I need another PS3, but I have friends who don’t have a PS3 yet and are considering one. PS2 compatibility seals the deal).


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+ Koroshiya on August 20th, 2008 at 9:26 am said:

If anyone is disappointed with lack of news about RPG’s and Home coming from Leipzig, remember that Tokyo Game Show is right around the corner. That is when Sony always brings out the big guns! I can’t wait!


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+ Ghostm on August 20th, 2008 at 9:26 am said:

When can I pick up the PS3 Wireless Keypad?

How much does it cost?

I so want this right now!!!
=p


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+ Azmo85 on August 20th, 2008 at 9:27 am said:

Bring PSN and trophies to the PSP :):):):)


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+ KingBroly on August 20th, 2008 at 9:28 am said:

People don’t care about the storage since it’s easy to upgrade the HDD size cheap. People don’t like mandatory installs for games (should be a mandated policy as such) and people like their Playstation 2 Backwards Compatability.


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+ Ac3theone on August 20th, 2008 at 9:28 am said:

cool


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+ iokomo on August 20th, 2008 at 9:29 am said:

when is that convention in Tokyo?


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+ PSPsGTghOost on August 20th, 2008 at 9:30 am said:

These are some awesome stuff!

Questions:
Why didn’t we hear anything about the new David Jaffe game?

What about MAG?


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+ Codeman420 on August 20th, 2008 at 9:30 am said:

some really kool announcments here. i like the new PS3 bundle dont know if ill get it though since theres no BC. and i can buy a hard drive and put it in. anyways the new PSP looks pretty kool be looking for a reason tog et one. and the neww wireless keypad looks feaking sweet will be getting it. other thatn that great announcemnts guys. kinda dissappointed that there was no home announcements but o well. Kepp up the good work guys


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+ StalkingSilence on August 20th, 2008 at 9:30 am said:

Nice pics.


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+ gat305 on August 20th, 2008 at 9:30 am said:

that keypad is nice but hows about updating the web browser to a more fully functioning one. i love using the ps3 web especially saving me from running to the comp but not all sites load right or function due to the flash i think.


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+ TheInfectedBy590 on August 20th, 2008 at 9:31 am said:

Nice, new PSP model.
Looking forward to that Dissidia bundle!


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+ Federation on August 20th, 2008 at 9:31 am said:

@39

Yes Trophies for PSP, copy your save files too the PS3 and get Trophies!!!!!!

And I love the new PSP-3000!!!


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+ StalkingSilence on August 20th, 2008 at 9:31 am said:

Won’t the balance for the keypad be thrown off depending on use of a Dual Shock 3 or a SIXAXIS? Seems like this would be a very noticeable difference if you were trying to type with all fingers but your thumbs.


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+ Spurs2120 on August 20th, 2008 at 9:31 am said:

Wipeout HD, where art thou?


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    + Jeff Rubenstein on August 20th, 2008 at 9:52 am said:

    Stay tuned, Spurs.


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