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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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By FITCamaro on 4/24/2008 7:54:12 AM , Rating: 2
A coworker of mine with the Premium model (so 20GB hard drive) who plays vastly more games than me(so his hard drive is littered with saves and what not) has over 13GB of space left.

The only people who will have a problem is those who download lots of videos.

And this was not an argument about who's hard drive model is better. Yes, I wish all 360s had come standard with a hard drive. Yes I wish they let you buy your own drives to upgrade your storage space. But my point was that I'm just glad that for those of us that do have a hard drive, it will be utilized for a game like this.

And hopefully, the next time around, Microsoft will realize that every console needs a hard drive as they did in the first generation Xbox. Hell they don't even necessarily need to put a hard drive in it. Just put 2-4GB of flash memory storage in the console to buffer game data on.

For someone like me though, I'll never even come close to filling up my 120GB drive. All my video is on my video server. I bought the Elite for the black color (matches my entertainment equipment) and the HDMI (since the newer premium wasn't out yet).


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