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Destination PlayStation News: MGS PS3 Bundle, Kratos PSP and DualShock3 Release Date

Al De Leon's Avatar Posted by Sr. PR Manager, SCEA

Not every video game event is a press and party extravaganza (like last week’s GDC). As a gamer, you may not have heard of Destination PlayStation – a meeting between Sony PlayStation, retailers, and 3rd party teams taking place right now in Arizona. But the discussions at DPS are generally pretty significant. Here’s what’s being announced RIGHT NOW.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots PS3 Bundle
To coincide with the much-anticipated North American launch of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots in late Q2 2008, SCEA will introduce a PS3 bundle, which will include an 80GB PS3, the upcoming blockbuster Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, and a DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller for $499.99 (MSRP).

As has been announced previously, MGS4 will include a Metal Gear Online “Starter Pack.” If you can’t wait to try out MGS4, the good news is you don’t have to much longer. Those who pre-order the game will be guaranteed access to a multiplayer beta test for Metal Gear Online scheduled for late April.

GoW PSP Back LoRes

God of War PSP Entertainment Pack
In June, a new PSP Entertainment Pack will be hitting stores, featuring the famous face of the Ghost of Sparta — Kratos. Here’s what you get in the bundle, which will be available for $199.99 (MSRP):

God of War: Chains of Olympus still arrives for PSP on March 4, 2008.

GoW PSP Front LoRes

The final piece of big news coming out of DPS is another much-requested release date: SCEA will introduce the DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller for the first time in North America in April 2008 for $54.99 (MSRP). Compatible with more than 100 PS3 games, DUALSHOCK 3 has both rumble and motion-sending SIXAXIS technologies. So now you’ll be able to play Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, and, yes, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots with rumble turned ON.

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Coolwater said:

February 26th, 2:13 pm

What i want to know is why it’s taken this long to get the DualShock3 here in North America? It’s been importable since it’s hit Japan. There’s absolutely no reason for this delay to North America.

Sony could have had sales booming if they release the controllers next week. Everyone is buying PS3’s now with blu-ray being the winner. Why not reward the customers now. Sales are now going to drop because people will wait for the new bundle.

Way to go Sony!!!

Makasu said:

February 26th, 2:14 pm

Any news on Home?

Grym said:

February 26th, 2:15 pm

Nice. Need some MGS4 love for Europe too.

lakaihigh said:

February 26th, 2:17 pm

Sweet update guys! can’t wait to get my hands on MGS4… I’m pretty sure online is gonna be sweet for that game too. I just bought my slim psp a couple months ago… but that doesn’t mean my g/f won’t want that Kratos one for her birthday. hahaha.

@ thatpspguy – you almost made it dude! you almost made your post completely positive until “Now if only something REALLY AWESOME could happen this Thursday…..” this thursday you get a life.


Snap said:

February 26th, 2:17 pm

Whomever thought it was a good idea to wait until June on the GoW bundle should be fired. You just lost a sale.

Lirion said:

February 26th, 2:18 pm

I read at Kotaku that the Playstation Store is getting changed on April 15, can you guys debunk or confirm this?

Thank you!

mgillespie said:

February 26th, 2:22 pm

Can I ask some specifics about the new 80GB, which I’m sure many people are thinking..

1/ Will the new 80GB have Playstation 2 compatability, to the same level of thecurrent US 80GB unit? (i.e. Software EE, hardware GS)

2/ Will the new 80GB have 65nm Cell, or be 90nm based like the current 80GB?

3/ Will the new 80GB have 4x USB ports and card reader slots?

4/ Will the new 80GB have SACD support?

Are there any differences in functionality between the current 80GB and the new 80GB?

Snap said:

February 26th, 2:25 pm

@107 Most of these ?’s have already been answered.

The difference between the two is that the new 80GB can make toast.

gamegenieny said:

February 26th, 2:29 pm

One important question about the controller. Will there be different colors like white ?

HondaF1Fanatic said:

February 26th, 2:29 pm

Will this 80gb model be the same as the previous 80gb or will it have a 65nm Cell, revised wireless and Bluetooth, and the Aluminum Cooling fan that can all be found in the current 40gb PS3?

oom9333 said:

February 26th, 2:38 pm

GASP! THAT PSP IS Awesome! By the way, i was in the patapon video!

Luigi Soprano said:

February 26th, 2:39 pm

The MGS4 PS3 bundle is great news! I feel that Playstation 3 is finally on the right step and it’s going to pwn 2008. It is absolutely the ultimate bundle and I don’t see how anyone who doesn’t have a PS3 already wouldn’t want one.

Good job Sony! I always believed in you and, although, it was a struggle in the beginning, the PS3 has really held its own and can only triumph in the near future.

Rangoth said:

February 26th, 2:39 pm

What I want to know is in regards to the PSP bundle…what if one has already bought Combat Ops? Are you SOL because you went and purchased it?

Neil said:

February 26th, 2:43 pm

So if I pre-order MGS 4 right now, how does that verify that I’m in the MGSO beta? Do they hand me a pass code, authorization number or a demo disc?

B1ack_Mage said:

February 26th, 2:46 pm

Very very nice. I’ve been thinking about getting another PSP, and I will definitely be picking up the red version. Also great job by including MGS4 in the 80 GB SKU, I won’t be surprised if those sell out.

And a Beta for MGO? F YEAH!

Seanscythe2 said:

February 26th, 2:46 pm

I already preordered at gamestop so how will I get a the demo? I mean you’re not going to punish the loyal fans that preordered before any extra prize was attached are you?

That would be wrong on so many levels to bash us down.

mavsman4457 said:

February 26th, 2:49 pm

Can we preorder anywhere and get in on the beta or do we have to preorder from a certain store?

Also, will the beta be handed over to us as soon as we preorder or will it be available for download on the PSN?

If it is downloadable then will we be given a confirmation number that we have to submit or will we just give our PSN username to the person at the store that we preorder from and they will submit our usernames for invitation?

All of this sounds great. MGS4 is going to be the greatest game ever. Online will be incredible.

p-s-3 said:

February 26th, 2:59 pm

Why haven’t we in the U.K got a PS2 B/C PS3 anymore???
And in the U.S.A they still have???
Bit unfair that :-/

what0080 said:

February 26th, 3:06 pm

Topic 1: MGS4 Bundle…

OMG!!!!omg!!OMG!!! MGS4 w/ DualShock 3?! Awesomeness made tactile.

Topic 2: Kratos Deep Red PSP…

If I ever had a reason to get a PSP, THIS IS KRATOS!!

Topic 3: DualShock 3…

IT’S ABOUT TIME. Any more time wasted and I woulda bought the import DS3… Good to know I won’t have to wait much longer…


It’s a good day to be a Sony fan…

SiL3NtStIk3R said:

February 26th, 3:14 pm

heck yes this seems like a really good time to get a psp…not only cause of the new god of war game but also cause of the new cool color…heck yes

C-h-a-o-s said:

February 26th, 3:16 pm

I’ll be picking up the game on March 4/5, and I’ll definitely be picking up the bundle.

Hmm, my birthday is in June so do any gracious PlayStation staff member wants to do the honors and give me one :-) ?

Ahsayuni said:

February 26th, 3:18 pm

I am so getting that PSP. I’m glad I haven’t upgraded yet.

Ahsayuni said:

February 26th, 3:22 pm

About the beta, I can just go down to my local game crazy, put a preorder on MGS4, and I’m in the beta? I would like some clarification.

ShadowBlade said:

February 26th, 3:28 pm

Can i per-order anywhere or it has to be an offical market store?Ex Gamestop, Amazon.

Korlithiel said:

February 26th, 3:29 pm

If it were a deeper red, I would have to cancel my GoW preorder and start getting the cash together to buy a Slim.

As it is, I’ll wait since I’m still bitter over Skype not being released for the original and that Patapon can’t be paused.

Maddens Raiders said:

February 26th, 3:30 pm

Ok, so a new bundle w/ BC (Thank God) and a LE: PSP coming this April and June respectively.

Looks like the PlayStation Store is getting a much needed overhaul as well this Spring, so does this even remotely mean we might see anything concrete about a release for……………..HOME around this time!!!!!!????

Please, just lie to me and say yes – I’ll feel better at least. 8D

MetalKingSlime said:

February 26th, 3:31 pm

woo hoo! that’s cool news! mgs 4 is gonna be great.

chewjya said:

February 26th, 3:32 pm

Very NICE!!! is there any news on the release date of PSN Cards… i really wanna buy some stuff on PSN.

frito said:

February 26th, 3:32 pm



Finally! I t seems like it’s been so long since they were announced!

I really would like to know what took so long in bringing them to North America…were you guys simply busy making the things?

I mean, the ones people oredered from Asia months ago work fine on our Ps3’s….

so what gives? I’d seriously like to know waht the hold up was…I am glad they are finally coming…but I really am interested what the real story there was.

And too bad the new SKU is another 80-gig model..was lokking forward to a Ceramic White 120-gig 65nm chip and full hardware Backwards Compatibility like the 60-gig launch version, 4 usb slots, built in Wi-Fi and memory card slots.

maybe at X-mas?


Cyberia said:

February 26th, 3:33 pm

[quote]Yes, similar to the Motorstorm bundle, the new MGS4 bundle features an 80GB PS3 with some PS2 backwards compatibility.[/quote]

So the 40GB owners can expect a emulator i see? :-)

Daver said:

February 26th, 3:34 pm

whoa great news!!
If the rumour about the new store in april is true too, its a very good day for ps3/psp owners.
Finally a date on MGS lolll

lord_monkey said:

February 26th, 3:34 pm

just a question
i pre-ordered MGS 4 From since nov/12 /07 does this guarantee a metal gear online beta test ?

foolio_67 said:

February 26th, 3:36 pm

Awesome news!!

Cyberia said:

February 26th, 3:37 pm

Oh and just one question:

Is the Kratos also coming to Europe? :(

Keysersoze10033 said:

February 26th, 3:42 pm

Finally! I was wondering why Sony had such a quiet GDC. the only problem is that I want the GOW PSP now :(. I have a launch day PSP, and a Star Wars PSP I’m going to have to get that red one now :(.

umbrae said:

February 26th, 3:45 pm

Sweet~ Been waiting for this.

Vassago said:

February 26th, 3:54 pm

only one thing to say: all this was soooooo great !!!! :) Sony i love ya

Arturo Diaz said:

February 26th, 3:57 pm

yes!!! iv’e been waiting for the dualshock3 but when will the playstation network card be coming out? once that comes out, i’ll be happy

Lowe0 said:

February 26th, 4:15 pm

And yet another week where the Rock Band content is out for the 360 long before PS3. Then there’s the 4 month wait for the DualShock3 – apparently Japan is more important to you than North America. It’s like you’re actively trying to make me focus my gaming budget on the 360 instead of the PS3.

Money1 said:

February 26th, 4:16 pm

thumbs up for the news, i wil def get a ds3 or 3, might get that psp aswell, looks awesome, definetley gettin mgs4, cant wait

BlitzXor said:

February 26th, 4:23 pm

Any news on whether or not those who pre-ordered MGS4 on Amazon ages ago will get access to the beta? I have noticed that Amazon does not always do the same pre-order specials that pure game shops do. Please let me know, so I can cancel my pre-order with Amazon and pre-order with somebody else if necessary, I must have access to this beta (best news for PS3 fans in a long time!)

Also, that new PSP pack looks pretty great… and I have really been wanting a PSP Slim… I mean, c’mon, who can say no to VoIP on a PSP????

KatanaKing said:

February 26th, 4:25 pm

what amazes me is thay you guys know all this info months in advance….but when it comes to HOME and new features and firmware and ingame XMB…..things that ‘really’ count its all hush-hush. Why?

LaRs-Ulrich said:

February 26th, 4:36 pm

Wow sony way to step it up!
I’m def getting the God of war PSP! and you gotta give us more details about the pre-ordering Metal Gear solid 4 and getting an online beta, do we get a pass or a link? which stores ? ect.

I’m also getting the DS3 i’ve been looking forward to that one for awhile, also any information about the playstation network cards? Thanks Very Much Sony!

Gunwing said:

February 26th, 4:55 pm

This is great! I knew I was right! Now we still have B/C! Rock on!

Escobar4LifeX said:

February 26th, 5:05 pm

Hello Al De Leon, do you know if Metal Gear Solid 4 that’s included in the MGS4 PS3 Bundle will have ‘NOT FOR RESALE’ written on it? I know Motorstorm (80GB Bundle) and Warhawk (Bluetooth Bundle) have it written on the game case. I really hope Metal Gear Solid 4 that’s included will not have that written otherwise I will have to buy a retail copy. A small thing like that is very important to a collector and huge metal gear fan like myself.

So please let me know. If you do not know, can you let us know at some point? Thanks.

Solid snakeps3 said:

February 26th, 5:18 pm

I just went to Gamestop, and appearantly you will get a ticket or something, so Ive had my preorder since I could get one, but all I have to do is go in and check when they get em, and pick one up! EPIC NEWS

TTP said:

February 26th, 5:21 pm

Was it clarified whether or not this bundled 80GB model has the old motherboard in it or not? I mean, it looks so, but if it’s the new 40GB motherboard WITH BC then it’s really interesting

Kage_maru said:

February 26th, 5:24 pm

Can we hope this MGS4 bundle came in europe? how much will it costs?

binaryfiend said:

February 26th, 5:31 pm

These are great packages and I’d be happy to buy both but what about the people that want to buy an 80GB right now? What happened to them?

Doom_Bringer said:

February 26th, 5:32 pm

This is sooo freaking AWESOME WOWSOME!! University semester would have ended, I will be chilling and bam the game will hit in July! ^_^ Day 1 purchase!! Can’t wait for PS3 and MGS4

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