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Sony to screw Europe once again


So big, loveable Sony decided to do us all a favour by dropping the price of the “premium” package PS3 to £349 earlier this week. Little did we know of the sinister goings-on behind the that decision – Sony told MCV that it intends to clear out stock of the 60GB model by Christmas, leaving us with the sole inferior machine that lacks backwards compatibility, the card reader and 2 extra USB ports.

A SCEE spokesperson told MCV:

“We announced our reduced offering on the 60GB model last week. We’re looking to sell our remaining 60GB stock, after which the 40GB model will be the only SKU available in Europe.

“We anticipate that the 60GB stock should be available until Christmas, but of course it depends on how quickly it sells.”

In a further statement, SCEE explained:

“Whilst the feature set of the 40GB is a result of extensive feedback and research, all the ‘missing’ features should some consumers require them are easily upgraded with USB memory card readers, USB hubs, or bigger external USB or internal HDs.

“The only functionality that is being removed is backwards compatibility – and this is because we believe this less important now than when we launched – as there will be 65 PS3 games available by Christmas. Furthermore we believe we should now be devoting our resources to the future of PlayStation gaming and delivering next generation experiences.”

So in other words, Sony wants us to purchased expensive branded extras to get our consoles, which are already priced higher than anywhere else in the world, to the same spec as those over the pond. And then there’s no way back for those who already sold their PS2 consoles.

Sony make another u-turn as they become the New Labour equivalent in the videogame industry. Boo.

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is a Senior Staff Writer at Thunderbolt, having joined in June 2002.

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