Sony shoots down 40GB PS3 rumours
- Posted September 25th, 2007 at 09:13 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 30 Comments
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has dismissed rumours suggesting that the company will be releasing a new 40GB PlayStation 3 console in the UK later this year.
Speaking to Gamesindustry.biz, a spokesperson debunked such claims as nothing more than "rumour and speculation".
The statement comes following numerous reports on various Internet sites and blogs suggesting that the firm is preparing a scaled down PS3 console, which is supposedly said to retail for GBP 299 and includes a 40GB hard drive. USB ports and backwards compatibility are said to have been removed in order to keep costs at a minimum.
Unlike North America, Sony has chosen not to cut the price of the console in the UK, instead opting to introduce a GBP 425 Starter Pack deal containing an extra Sixaxis pad and two first-party titles.
Stay tuned for any further developments as they break.
sony1978a | Aked
- 4:25am EDT - September 25th, 2007
SONY will have to drop the price sooner or later if they want to be the KING OF CONSOLE"S.They need to work something out to get the PS3 sales moving. I mean here in Australia the PS3 cost's 1000$ there's not that many parent's out there that can afford a 1000$ gaming Machine to buy for their kids in this XMAS.So they have to do something. Look at Xbox 360 is moving up especially now with Halo 3 out.
- 4:28am EDT - September 25th, 2007
20gb 40gb 60gb 80gb, they need to pick a size that they want to keep the ps3 at, change the price depending on the options, and leave it at that.
- 4:42am EDT - September 25th, 2007
who in there right mind would buy this even if its true? no USB or backwards compatibilty! now sure its more affordable than the standard at the moment but tbh might aswell buy a 360 if hasnt got basic features. (not a fan boy incase ne1 starts i own both, just sayin silly to cut those features)
- 4:52am EDT - September 25th, 2007
I say just go with bundles, like SCEE. Imagine a MGS4 bundle next year! Like the Motorstorm starter pack. And a Killzone 2 bundle. And a FFXIII bundle. (Limited edition bundles, mind you. Like the Crisis Core one.) It doesn't have to have anything special. The PS3 doesn't have to have different colors or paint schemes for these bundles.
A lot of owners are (or have bought) the PS3 for MGS 4 and/or FFXIII, for example. And what better way to reward their patience with a bundle? The early adopters can still buy these games separate. But those who still haven't bought one would very much appreciate a bundle. Buying a PS3, and getting the game they have been waiting for, for free! Nothing can beat that.
Of course, I understand the difficulty of such manner. Final Fantasy XIII and MGS4 are not owned by Sony, so it'll be hard to get those in a bundle. Still, it'd be nice. Price cuts are all well and good, but bundles are just as good. Get everything you'll ever want or need in one payment, and you'll hardly think twice about the price.
- 5:31am EDT - September 25th, 2007
The PS3 has sold less than 5Million according to VGChartz meanwhile the other 2 are almost at 12Million, sony has to do something specially after the HS+liar fiasco.
- 5:46am EDT - September 25th, 2007
I understand your Lair fiasco statement...but I wouldn't include Heavenly Sword in that--it's the best single player game on the ps3 by miles...(and not all reviews were bad, just a few biased ones...heck, it even got some 9 & 10's elsewhere).
Anyhow, Sony needs to introduce a $399.00 sku...DEFINITELY!
- 6:11am EDT - September 25th, 2007
Zippie, this has been discussed a million times, of course there will be usb ports, you need the usb ports to charge the controller, there is no way sony could not include usb ports and there will also be backwards compatability, they are just removing the hardware and replacing it with a software emulator, which saves sony money. infact the 80gb model already runs like this in north america.
but anyway, I still feel sony is releasing the 40gb model, there were just way to many rumors going around on to many websites, sony is probably just keeping it underwraps for as long as possible. think about it, if you wanted to buy a ps3 today, and you heard rumors you could save money on it by getting the 40gb instead of the 60gb, then you'd be smart to wait it out, sony wants the 60gb depleted and out of the stores before they announce another sku.
Sony needs this anyway, they need to move units, and the only way they are going to do that this holiday season is with a price cut
- 6:24am EDT - September 25th, 2007
lol USB ports removed. you know its fake hearing that
- 6:27am EDT - September 25th, 2007
80GB isn't enough, why don't they just sell the base machine for £200 and let us buy our own HDD (250-300GB)? Many will rip out the 80GB HDD and upgrade soon after purchase anyway. This pricing dependant on HDD capacity is silly.
- 6:28am EDT - September 25th, 2007
SoNy RuLeS For LiFe
XBUM 3 sickly .... I mean Xbox 360 Sucks... Why do you think people love halo because it sucks. ; )
- 6:34am EDT - September 25th, 2007
Well..well.. that makes it official then a 40Gb is on the way :-) When a Sony starts to reply to rumours and decline that it is true... that normally means that the rumours are true!
- 6:58am EDT - September 25th, 2007
psn id: gingo.... i thought this was an amazing idea and i wish ony would do it becasue it would increase sales here dramatically
- 7:09am EDT - September 25th, 2007
I think that this probably confirms that the new SKU is on the way. Doesnt anyone see that they didnt say it isnt true, they said it is "rumour and speculation", which means, "we havent announced anything so legally we can tell them its a rumour"
- 8:01am EDT - September 25th, 2007
I think the 40gb sku is a good idea at a lower price, but how would they be able to get away with no USB ports? How would we recharge the controller without it? Or maybe they're thinking about bringing out a 120gb sku and cut the price of the current 80gb model. Who knows hehehe
- 8:05am EDT - September 25th, 2007
Whatever, 600$ is not expensive at all. Anyone disagreeing is a whiner.
People just can't get things too cheap, lol.
- 8:41am EDT - September 25th, 2007
Well, there goes another chance for a person that cannot afford 600 bux to get into the Blu Ray game! Wasn't there just a discussion on how Sony wants to push the PS3 as a BD player? Well here is a tip Sony, LOWER THE PRICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My friend wants to play MGS4, but not till the PS3 hits $399.99.
- 8:45am EDT - September 25th, 2007
the 40gb is almost real unless sony is dumb and i dont think they are. ps3 needs to get a lower price fast no matter how much people says that the price is fine because they are wrong.
the lack of games is no longer a problem there are good games on the ps3 now a better ones coming so what stop ps3 sales getting serious? well you know the answer.
- 8:49am EDT - September 25th, 2007
mgs4 will make the PS3 sell no matter what the price is.
- 8:50am EDT - September 25th, 2007
- 9:05am EDT - September 25th, 2007
Sony will drop it's price around Christmas, that's the best time to do it....and it's always bin like that..
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