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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: 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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