Sony Confirms 40 Gig SKU For NA, Price Drop For 80 Gig

In a completely expected move, Sony Computer Entertainment President Jack “Friend to the Wookiees” Tretton announced today that the 40 gig Playstation 3 would be coming to America, bundled with Spider-Man 3 on Blu-Ray for $399. Even crazier, something I didn’t expect to happen until the Spring, at least: the 80 gig is being price-dropped to $499. The press release doesn’t indicate whether or not the 80 gig would come with anything bundled, though the terminology used (“current 80GB PS3 model”) suggets that Motorstorm may still be packed-in.

Speaking of press releases:

FOSTER CITY, Calif., October 18, 2007 – Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) today announced plans to introduce a new 40GB model of its PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system. Beginning November 2nd, to further enhance the HD entertainment experience, the new 40GB PS3 model will come bundled with the blockbuster movie Spider-Man™ 3 Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and will be available in North America for a suggested retail price of $399 (USD/CND). The company also announced that effective immediately, the current 80GB PS3 model will be available in North America for $499 (USD/CND), $100 below the original launch price.


“We’re pleased to offer the consumer a lower price point without sacrificing the core technology components that make PS3 the most advanced high-definition entertainment system available. Every PS3 comes with a Blu-ray drive, HDMI output, an integrated Wi-Fi connection, Cell Broadband Engine and a built-in hard-drive,” said Jack Tretton, President and CEO, SCEA. “This holiday season we’ll be able to offer attractive retail pricing with a broad portfolio of outstanding games 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 RockBand™.”


The new 40GB PS3 will no longer play PlayStation®2 titles, reflecting the availability of a more extensive line-up of PS3 specific titles. Consumers looking for backwards compatibility can take advantage of the limited PlayStation 2 backwards compatibility of the 80GB PS3.


There was no mention of what would happen to the 60 gig model, which is still slowly trickling out of supply. If you want full backwards-compatibility, now is the best time to try and find one. Remember that the while the 80 gig has somewhat less-reliable BC, the 40 has none at all.

If you want some more information, check out the interview that N’Gai Croal had with Tretton today. They talk about everything from backwards compatibility to developer issues to the lack of PSOne titles available for download. You could play a fun drinking game based around the number of times he uses the word “relevant” or dodges the issue!


~ by Cavin Smith on October 18, 2007.

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