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Deep Red PSP to come with the God of War
80GB PlayStation 3 to return with Metal Gear Solid 4, DualShock 3 included

Sony Computer Entertainment America today revealed at Destination PlayStation, its annual retail and publisher conference, several new hardware items for spring and summer.

North American gamers envious of their Japanese counterparts who have been able to buy the DualShock 3, which returns vibration force feedback to the PlayStation 3 controller, since last year will soon be finally getting a local option.

The DualShock 3 will hit North American stores on April 15 at an MSRP of 54.99, or $5 more than the current SIXAXIS controller. While Japan has both white and black DualShock 3 models, SCEA has not revealed which shades in which it will launch the controllers. Launching alongside the DualShock 3 will also be Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, which fully supports force feedback controllers and wheels.

Although retailer information points to the 80GB PlayStation 3 as discontinued, Sony doesn’t seem to be done with it yet. SCEA also announced that it will create a new system bundle upon the release of Metal Gear Solid 4, which will include the feverishly anticipated title and a DualShock 3 controller. The new 80GB pack is expected in late Q2 2008, and will retail for $499.

“Working closely with our retail and publishing partners and sharing our hardware and software roadmaps at Destination PlayStation gives us a great opportunity to outline some key milestones for the year. In response to incredible demand, we will be manufacturing more 80GB PS3s for North America and the Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 80GB PS3 bundle is an ideal way to offer that continued value to our consumers,” said Jack Tretton, president and CEO, SCEA.

SCEA confirmed that Metal Gear Solid 4 will indeed hit a worldwide release in the second quarter of this year, which will also launch with a Metal Gear Online “Starter Pack.” Furthermore, those who pre-order Metal Gear Solid 4 will be “guaranteed access to a multiplayer beta test for Metal Gear Online scheduled for late April.”

In the last bit of hardware news, SCEA will release in June a special edition “Deep Red” PSP model which will be packed with God of War: Chains of Olympus, the film Superbad on UMD and a voucher to download Syphon Filter: Combat Ops from the PlayStation Store. Just as the Star Wars “Ceramic White” PSP-2000 was silk screened with an image of Darth Vader on the back, the “Deep Red” PSP will come branded with Kratos – the protagonist from the God of War series. God of War: Chains of Olympus will launch on its own on March 4.

Tretton also took the opportunity to slip in a mild nod to Blu-ray Disc’s recent victory, no doubt helped in part by the PlayStation 3. “With Blu-ray having won the format war, our stellar software line-up and a broad product portfolio, we will continue to drive the incredible momentum we've been generating since last fall,” he said.

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Pick a number and stick with it!
By Oobu on 2/26/2008 4:13:57 PM , Rating: -1
Has there ever been any other console with so many different versions? Why can't Sony just decide on a nice big hard drive size and feature set and leave things alone for awhile? Oh wait, that would be too easy. I'm not going to buy another one any time soon anyways.

RE: Pick a number and stick with it!
By Chaser on 2/26/2008 4:23:42 PM , Rating: 2
Has there ever been any other console with so many different versions?

As a matter of fact I think I have.

RE: Pick a number and stick with it!
By mmntech on 2/26/2008 4:38:47 PM , Rating: 3
Xbox 360 Core, Premium, Elite, Core with HDMI, Premium with HDMI, Arcade... that's six. The PS3 has had four in North America. So to answer your question, yes. No, I'm not Xbox bashing. The problem with the PS3 is the four SKUs are quite different from each other. Having more than one or two SKUs for a console is only something that has really been introduced this generation. I don't know if that's necessarily a bad thing but I think it definitely confuses consumers.

In other news, I don't think I like the red PSP. It's makes a ... bold statement, that's for sure. DualShock 3 looks promising but I'm not going to run right out and buy it.

By deeznuts on 2/26/2008 5:19:03 PM , Rating: 3
You forgot halo edition.

RE: Pick a number and stick with it!
By BansheeX on 2/26/2008 5:27:28 PM , Rating: 4
I'll also add that MS chose to separate many accessories and charge for netplay, which is a way to profit. The average consumer will only really question the base-price. Once you have him owning the system and locked into it, you can sell all those things you chose not to reflect in the base price such as a high-def movie player, a hard drive (in some models), as accessories with much higher markups you could get away with by including them with the system. Obviously, MS engages in this far more than Sony does, and as a result Sony offers these "premium" SKUs with conveniently larger hard drives and bundled games which may not logically make sense to some people, but is an attractive way for Sony to make money without running into the problems of:

a. developers not using the hard drive because you made a model which didn't have one.
b. dirt slow hi-def adoption, drive noise, and long-term game capacity issues.

RE: Pick a number and stick with it!
By daftrok on 2/26/2008 7:33:30 PM , Rating: 5
c. serious hardware issues that can cause shortage in supply which in turn causes less sales of games/consoles and frustrated consumers which also in turn can cause fewer sales of games in the future

d. price being more of an issue now that the main HD competition is catching up both in rate of sales and in price point. Seriously PS3 has Blu ray and b/g wireless and its only 50 bucks more than the 360. They really need to reach that golden 199/299/399 price point and soon.

Here's a list of the 360 accessories. Seldom few of these are somewhat reasonably priced and its little wonder how they compensated the manufacturing costs versus the sales in the beginning:

Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on: $49.99
802.11 a/b/g wireless card: $99.99
120GB HDD: $179.99
20GB HDD: $99.99
512 MB flash card: $49.99 wtf
64 MB flash card: $39.99 WTF?!
HDMI cable with optical/RCA out: $49.99
Component cables: $39.99
VGA cables: $39.99
S-video cables: $19.99
Quick charge kit: $29.99
Wired Headset: $19.99
Wired controller: $39.99
Play and charge kit: $19.99
Rechargeable battery: $11.99
Universal Media Remote: $19.99
Wireless controller: $49.99
Wireless headset: $59.99
Keyboard attachment: $29.99
Racing wheel: $99.99
Xbox web camera: $39.99

RE: Pick a number and stick with it!
By crazyblackman on 2/26/2008 10:59:19 PM , Rating: 2
How dare you point out how badly MS has been shafting their consumer base. You're not supposed to mention these things here. I must vote you down for this as it is the DailyTech way of doing things.

By robinthakur on 2/27/2008 5:11:00 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, I don't think you finished drinking your MS KoolAde, disregard the fact that all the accessories are optional (or now discontinued...HAWHAW) and the console is unable to cool itself properly. If the cooling fans span as fast as the as the drive though, you wouldn't be able to hear the games, so maybe that's their thinking.

RE: Pick a number and stick with it!
By DingieM on 2/27/2008 3:11:22 AM , Rating: 2
Don't make the error bringing up accessory prices at their launch date.
For example, the wireless card has become way cheaper than the $99 you mention! And its far below $89 for a year or so...

By daftrok on 2/27/2008 12:11:11 PM , Rating: 2
All my price listings are from not from other online retailers.

RE: Pick a number and stick with it!
By FITCamaro on 2/27/2008 8:50:46 AM , Rating: 2
Yes and how many of those accessories are actually needed to play games....oh right none.

And lets see on some of those accessories. For Elite it comes with the HDMI cable. For Premium it comes with component cables. The only people who need to buy a hard drive are those who originally were retarded and bought the Core system. The Elite comes with the headset.

And Sony's list of accessories is just as long sans the hard drive, battery, wireless, and HD-DVD drive. And their "PS3" HDMI cable is double the cost of Microsoft's 360 one. Nor do you have to use either.

I'll admit not putting a hard drive in the base 360 was the biggest mistake Microsoft made this generation. One I'm sure they'll correct in the next generation. And I'm definitely looking forward to games that utilize it. The only accessories I've bought are a Play and Charge kit and the media remote (which is a great value at $20).

By AlphaVirus on 2/27/2008 10:51:35 AM , Rating: 2
The only accessories I've bought are a Play and Charge kit

I still wonder why MS did not do similar to Sony's idea, just plug it up to the USB port to charge. Its simple and it already comes with all models. The play and charge kit is a gimmck =X

media remote (which is a great value at $20).

I have been saying I am going to purchase a PS3 remote but everytime I am in the store I forget. Its much more convienent to have a remote rather than pressing on a gaming controller.

By daftrok on 2/27/2008 12:31:04 PM , Rating: 2
List of Playstation 3 accessories:

Playstation Eye: $39.99
SIXAXIS controller: $49.99
Remote Control: $24.99
HDMI Cable + USB 2.0 Cable Pack(10 ft): $79.99
HDMI Cable: $59.99 (clearly not double)
Component Cable + USB 2.0 (10 ft): $69.99 (WTF?!)
Component Cable: $19.99
S-Video Cable: $19.99
Composite Cable: $9.99
Optical Cable (10 ft): $29.99
USB Cable (10 ft): $19.99
Memory Card Adapter: $14.99

And I also said that there are seldom few accessories on the 360 that are priced somewhat fairly. I should specify which ones:

Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on: $49.99
Universal Media Remote: $19.99
Racing wheel: $99.99 (fair because its wireless)
Xbox web camera: $39.99

Other than that, the 360 (and the PS3, seriously 20 bucks for a USB cable? And get rid of that component-USB combo its pointless!) really needs to stop ripping people off on their prices. Also the PS3 is much more open when it comes to accessories. You can plug in ANY keyboard, mouse, headset, hard drive (external or internal), flash drive, web camera and racing wheel thats out there so long as its USB capable or Bluetooth capable. You don't have to be forced to buy PS3 branded accessories (which is why there are so few of them) or third party knock offs.

RE: Pick a number and stick with it!
By Bigjee on 2/28/2008 6:51:50 PM , Rating: 2
Yes and how many of those accessories are actually needed to play games....oh right none.

Do you know the highest selling accessory for the 360. It was the HD-dvd drive that retailed close to $200. You think that was needed to play games?

RE: Pick a number and stick with it!
By sweetsauce on 2/27/2008 12:15:04 AM , Rating: 2
You should be praying to the sony gods that the rumor of ms finally allowing hd use is just a rumor. Doesn't change the fact that its still better than a ps3. You keep posting that list though, i'm sure its going to get people to buy a ps3...

RE: Pick a number and stick with it!
By Bigjee on 2/28/2008 6:54:30 PM , Rating: 2
Keep posting and I'm sure people will buy the 360 more.

RE: Pick a number and stick with it!
By Nightskyre on 2/27/2008 10:35:23 AM , Rating: 2
Perhaps the OP didn't say it right, but I believe he was referring to SKU's, to which I quote you:

Xbox 360 Core, Premium, Elite, Core with HDMI, Premium with HDMI, Arcade... that's six.

The Core was replaced by the Core with HDMI, which is and was the same SKU. This was replaced by the Arcade. The Premium was replaced by the Premium with HDMI, same SKU.

The transition from the Core to the Arcade was a lot smoother than the transition from any PS3 to any other PS3.

The big issue is the loss of functionality. What's the functional difference between the Core and the Premium? The harddrive and a corded controller. What's the functional difference between the Premium and the Elite? The harddrive.

One PS3 can't play games another PS3 can. That's not a problem with the X-Box 360, and that's the real issue. The other stuff is peripheral (figuratively *and* literally)

By Legolias24 on 2/27/2008 11:39:54 AM , Rating: 2
One PS3 can't play games another PS3 can. That's not a problem with the X-Box 360, and that's the real issue.

Sorry, I'm going to need some clarification on the quoted text. Are you saying that certain PS3 games only work on specific PS3 SKUs? I hope you're not because you're dead wrong if you are. Could you please clarify your remarks?

By TerranMagistrate on 2/27/2008 12:19:46 PM , Rating: 2
Your talking about PS3's backward compatibility?

Most consumers by the latest in consoles to play the latest in video games.

But perhaps your intentionally ignoring this fact to get your failed argument through...

By michal1980 on 2/27/2008 12:43:51 PM , Rating: 1
arent you also wrong on the 360?

dont you have to have the 20gb or bigger verison of the 360 to play old xbox games?

oh and all ps3's will play all ps3 games.

RE: Pick a number and stick with it!
By hduser on 2/27/2008 1:18:41 PM , Rating: 2
Lets talk a little about original Xbox to 360 transition. Although limited backward compatibility was included in the 360, the number of top shelf games it supported was laughable. Some work done after 360 release to increase the titles but the b/c isn't fool proof. Though no one talks about that now, everyone still love to harp about it on the PS3 side.

Its seems it's forgivable on the Microsoft side but yet it's a sin on the Sony side. I guess not enough people like me owned the original Xbox or had enough original Xbox game to complain about it vs the Sony side.

If you want PS2 compatibility you can still buy it for $129. It's called a SONY PS2.

By Timeless on 2/27/2008 7:31:59 PM , Rating: 2
One PS3 can't play games another PS3 can. That's not a problem with the X-Box 360, and that's the real issue.

Ok now you're just ignorant. All PS3 games can be played on any PS3. What is said might actually be REVERSED. Why? Because some of the 360's games are getting too big and might require HDD space soon. Microsoft is rumored to be releasing games soon that say, "Requires an HDD." Who did they just screw over? The people that bought the core SKU.

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