Sony Computer Entertainment Europe ended weeks of
speculation with its announcement
of the 40GB PlayStation 3, landing in the region starting October 10. While
the new model has yet to be confirmed for North America, Japan will receive the
40GB PlayStation 3 on November 11 with what appears to be an exclusive color.
The Japanese market will see the new 40GB PlayStation 3 in
both “Clear Black” and “Ceramic White” colors next month for 39,980 yen ($341).
The white PlayStation 3 marks the first official color variation of the
console, though professionally painted have appeared in the custom
market in white, silver
In another bit of good news for Japan, the new 40GB PS3
units will come packaged with a matching DualShock 3 controller
instead of the SIXAXIS. The European 40GB PS3 will ship with the SIXAXIS
controller, as the DualShock 3 isn’t expected outside of Japan until spring
Confirming another piece of expected news is
SCEJ’s announcement that it will give free copies of Spider-Man 3 movie on Blu-ray Disc to the next 200,000 purchasers
of all PS3 consoles in Japan, including the 20GB and 60GB models beginning October
quote: $400 is still a huge wad of dough, about 3.5 to 4 days of work for me (depending on my hours) but probably a full week's worth of work for many others. Especially the working Joe.
quote: which is struggling to compete with Gamecube sales
quote: PS3 has been hacked and cut to the point that all we know for sure is that it will play BluRay Movies and PS3 games. That is a very limited console for $400
quote: Oddly enough, the new 40GB model is not compatible with any PlayStation 2 titles. Dedicated PlayStation 2 hardware was removed previously in a PlayStation 3 hardware revision, though machines still retained some backwards compatibility functions through software emulation. It is still unclear if the 40GB model represents a further simplified PS3 hardware specification, though that is likely the case.
quote: Sony UK boss Ray Maguire elaborated in an interview that the company would be “better off” diverting the funds for backwards compatibility into either investing in new games or further reducing the PS3’s price.
quote: I guess the controller rumbling just doesn't get me more involved in the game
quote: but if it's your kind of color scheme, go for it
quote: Fortunately, it was revealed that all PS3 consoles contain the necessary architecture allowing them to play PSone games, a factor no different with the 40GB model, explained Sharples.
quote: I think the only thing that has hurt PS3 sales is rolling it out at $600.00. It's not too late for them though. They are on the right track.
quote: I'm sure there are plenty of people that would love to consolodate down to the fewest number of consoles possible, i.e. just have a PS3 rather than PS3 + PS2 + PS1 etc