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Sony drops 60GB PS3 price and introduces new 40GB model


Coming into effect October 10th, Sony’s 60GB PS3 model will retail at £349, with a 40GB “entry level” pack costing consumers £299. The bigger bundle will include a single controller and 2 first-party games.

Ok, so that’s the good news. The bad news? For the sake of just £50, buyers of the 40GB console will not only lose 2 USB ports and the multi-memory card reader, but also entire PS2 backwards compatibility (say what?).

In a statement, Sony concluded that their new price and hardware selections were based on “feedback from thousands of existing PS3 owners as well as research into future potential PS3 owners.” In other words, they couldn’t be arsed to find a cheaper way to include the entire back catalogue of PS2 games and decided to turn their backs on it instead.

“As we approach our first PlayStation Christmas, it is satisfying to be able to offer UK consumers the choice of two PlayStation 3 packages both now representing remarkable value,” commented Ray Maguire, MD of SCEUK.

“We have a brand new 40 GB machine that represents an excellent entry point into the world of high definition games and movies, and we have the fully featured 60GB machine being offered with two next-generation gaming experiences at a highly competitive price.”

David Reeves, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe added: “The introduction of the new PS3 has been the result of extensive research into the entertainment needs and preferences of the next-generation PS3 owners.”

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