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The GTA IV bundle box art  (Source: SCEE)
Sony announces PlayStation 3 packed with Grand Theft Auto IV

Along with Metal Gear Solid 4, Grand Theft Auto IV is one of the biggest titles yet for PlayStation 3 – the only difference with MGS4, of course, is that GTA IV isn’t a platform exclusive. But that’s not going to stop Sony from treating GTA IV as one of its very own, and creating a new system bundle around the highly-anticipated title.

Announced today by both Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Australia is an official Grand Theft Auto IV bundle that will pack the game in along with the 40GB PlayStation 3 model. “We are delighted to offer the millions of PS3 and GTA fans the ultimate gaming package,” said David Reeves, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

Unfortunately for those hoping to get the latest DualShock 3 controller model with the new bundle, Sony indicated that the GTA IV bundle will include the outgoing SIXAXIS controller only. Such news may be the most disappointing for Australian gamers, who will have to purchase the DualShock 3 controller separately for a mindboggling AUD$99 (USD$92) when it releases this week. Gamers in Europe have yet to hear of an official launch date for their rumbling controllers.

The Grand Theft Auto IV PlayStation 3 bundle will retail in Europe at €439 (USD$696) and in Australia for AUD$749.95 (USD$715).

Gamers also considering paying the premium for the Grand Theft Auto IV Special Edition game package will want an early sneak-peek of the game from an unknown retailer.

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Something I wish all console makers would do...
By daftrok on 4/23/2008 2:03:26 PM , Rating: 2
Is let us choose our wires. I want to be able to get some component cables with a VGA adapter. Or maybe I want to be able to choose one S-video cable without the red-white audio cables and a TOSLINK cable with a SPDIF adapter. Rather than just packaging basic composite cables (like PS3) or packaging EVERY WIRE IN EXISTENCE (360 Elite), let the consumers choose when they buy the system.

By psychobriggsy on 4/23/2008 2:14:40 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, but thankfully HDMI cables are cheap, especially compared to the combined cost of a HDTV and PS3.

By deeznuts on 4/23/2008 2:18:14 PM , Rating: 2
They do. Go to store, buy wire.

I don't mind paying $5 for cables at monoprice. I don't complain when my receiver didn't come with speaker wires.

By SiliconJon on 4/23/2008 4:13:35 PM , Rating: 2
I hear ya, but with the variety we have available to us it's just too hard to make a package that pleases everyone. Some of use would prefer an all-in-one solution prepackaged, others would prefer a few bucks off and the ability to choose their own component connections.

Too many choices! [head explodes]

By AlphaVirus on 4/24/2008 12:29:02 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I was kind of mad when I noticed they did not have a HDMI->Display Port adapter in my PS3 bundle.


Both Sony and Microsoft included what they felt was best for the consumer. Majority of people make use of either composite, component, or HDMI, so thats all Sony and MS should include. If you have something extra in your theater setup, you should just go out and purchase whatever parts are needed.

It is not their responsibility to provide every video/audio option available to man.

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton

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