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Written by Christophor "SuperGuido" Rick   
Saturday, 06 October 2007

[News] [PS3]

What? You knew this was coming? Well I think we all did from the new SKU popping up to some industry leaks to just generally disbelieving anything that Sony says about new products. I mean this one was so plain they felt they didn't even need to actually tell us until just yesterday while I was on a quick holiday. The new model will launch throughout the SCEE territories on 10th October 2007 for €399 (£299 in the UK so buy from the mainland because it's only 276). Hey, that's today! And all last week, and the next several weeks. Talk about buildup and suspense.  The new PS3 will be available all across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australasia.

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Along with an ever expanding line-up of PS3 titles (a total of 65 titles tracking across all genres by Christmas), the new PS3 is equipped with a 40GB HDD and everything else that is in the other PS3 models. Sorry no Dual Shock 3 here. But hold on a tick.

The introduction of the new PS3 has been determined following user feedback from thousands of existing PS3 owners as well as research into future potential PS3 owners. The new model features two USB 2.0 ports rather than four and no longer includes the multi memory card port.

The new model is no longer backwards compatible with PlayStation 2 titles, reflecting both the reduced emphasis placed on this feature amongst later purchasers of PS3, as well as the availability of a more extensive line-up of PS3 specific titles (a total of 65 titles across all genres by Christmas).

The existing Starter Pack*, comprising a 60GB PS3 with extensive backwards compatibility, an additional SIXAXIS wireless controller and two first party titles will be reduced in price to €499. Remaining on sale while stocks last, the 60GB model represents outstanding value for the keen gamer wishing to upgrade to the High Definition capabilities of PS3.

“The introduction of the new PS3 has been the result of extensive research into the entertainment needs and preferences of the next generation of PS3 owners,” said David Reeves, President of SCEE. “It has allowed us to deliver an extremely advanced, yet incredibly affordable High Definition gaming and entertainment system, configured to the needs of the next generation of European PS3 owners. PS3 has always been the device of choice for the discerning gamer and entertainment seeker, and the new PS3 is more than ever the perfect High Definition entertainment system.

*In the UK and Ireland, the Starter Pack will be replaced by a separate in-store promotion on the 60GB PS3.


Still not sure that 399 Euro is incredibly affordable, but it's not too shabby really. Though I imagine cobbling together the lengthy press release where I took much of this from must be why the PR people have yet to contact me regarding the several emails full of questions I have sent or answered any of the phone calls or made good on their promises from GC to contact me.  

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