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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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RE: color
By h0kiez on 2/26/2008 4:28:43 PM , Rating: 5
I don't mean to be a homophobe, but I don't think your son is representative. Pink is still (and always will be) for girls.

RE: color
By daBKLYNdoorman on 2/26/2008 4:33:06 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry, but in the city of New York, pink is the gangster color. Men, women, boys, and girls all wear pink - we are the first city to declare the color pink as a unisex color.

*Damn I hate this city...*

RE: color
By MonkeyPaw on 2/26/2008 5:43:34 PM , Rating: 1
It's just marketing BS warmed over to get people to consume, consume, consume. Why else would men wear pink, women wear all sorts of uncomfortable things, and kids (parents) pay for new clothes that already look worn out? The thought is implanted that such things are "cool" or "in-style" or "what the rebels wear." That way people rush out to buy it to make a statement of how individual they are or how they live in the now. How many people are going to throw out their perfectly fine black PSP so they can get a red one? The number could be alarming.

RE: color
By AlphaVirus on 2/26/2008 5:57:29 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously I hate Camron for making Pink the "gangster" color. In some countries color does not have a gender association but we live in America so if you wear pink, purple, are any other 'light' color then most likely its considered a 'girls color'.

I disagree with this reasoning but sadly it is implanted in me strongly, as I wear mostly blue, grey, black, and on occasion green. I think Red is the only true multi-gender-color in America.

RE: color
RE: color
By BrownJohn on 2/26/2008 7:01:26 PM , Rating: 2
That is way to ostentatious to be taken seriously.

RE: color
By AMDJunkie on 2/26/2008 5:44:24 PM , Rating: 3
Someone never saw the movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby or else they'd know a stud can totally rock pink while busting out lines like, "She smells like money."

Also, yeah, that's not really a pink. Though it looks either badly done, or a bad photochop, how they painted the metal ring around the PSP logo.

RE: color
By robinthakur on 2/27/2008 5:05:43 AM , Rating: 2
Don't talk such utter nonsense, its just a colour like any other! I'm proud to say that I wear any colour which I want including pink. Pink on men is hot because its tan-enhancing. I've noticed in the last 5 years that everybody now wears pink (in the UK) and its no longer a gay declaration (although wearing a rainbow coloured shirt is) Role on progress. Having said that, would I buy a pink phone? Probably not, they all look cheap, but to each their own. Kudos to your son for not subscribing to boring convention.

RE: color
By GhandiInstinct on 2/27/2008 1:51:06 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, and there's a reason why Pink is associated with women and why women choose that color..

I don't need to get more graphic than I should..

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