Archive for category Hardware Bundles
It was a long time coming, and something that many folks have complained about since the console’s launch, but it appears the 250GB SKU will start coming packed with a 6 foot HDMI cable and a copy of LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year edition. The price for the entire bundle? It’s still $349.99. Well worth the cost, considering you’re getting twice the storage space of the 120GB Slim, as well as a free HDMI cable and a game. You do the math.
The bundle hasn’t been officially announced yet, but there is at least one (unnamed) retailer who has units ready to sell and is awaiting an official announcement apparently (my understanding from the source anyway). Possible E3 announcement? Could be, but it’d be a better one if all SKUs had the game and cable included.
Here’s something interesting. In EU territories, they have this service called PlayTV that is available to PS3 users that allows them to record broadcasted DTV video to the PS3′s hard drive and use it as a DVR of sorts. It’s actually a peripheral that connects up to the PlayStation 3. The content works much the same way other DVRs do, caching the video, allowing you to pause/rewind/etc.
Well, now Sony Japan has made a few announcements of their own. Their localized digital terrestrial tuner, named Torne, does much of the same as EU’s PlayTV service, allowing users to record available DTV broadcasts in their areas directly to either the console’s internal hard drive or onto an external hard drive. It also features an interactive viewing guide that lets you know what shows are on, as well as schedule recordings. Not only that, but along with that announcement, it was also revealed that there will be a standalone SKU of the console that includes a 250GB HDD. Also planned is a bundle that will include both the 250GB HDD as well as the Torne system.
The new SKU will go on sale in February, with the Torne and Torne bundle hitting shelves in March. All that’s missing now is a similar device to come to the states, which could potentially sway buyers into a purchase of the device (plus, after the initial investment, since it records from freely available broadcasts, there’s no monthly charge). I’m not sure as to why nothing is planned, it could be lack of market interest, or maybe even the FCC regulations getting in the way. I’d really like to see similar collaboration with cable and satellite companies, though, but since they offer up their own DVR service (at a monthly cost), it’s a long shot that they would support a device that does the same thing and doesn’t have a monthly service charge.
It looks like Sony will, indeed, be offering bundles (at least in the UK) for the PS3, featuring 250GB hard drives (the Final Fantasy XIII bundle was already confirmed for Japan). They will start showing up on October 1st (which is when the PSP Go also launches). The first bundles to show up will vary between multiple titles, including one that comes with two Greatest Hits titles and the other will be an inFamous bundle (for those of you who haven’t played inFamous, it’s really good!).
On October 16th, an Uncharted 2 bundle will hit shelves (day and date with the actual game release) and a couple days later on the 19th, the Blu-Ray movie pack will be made available, which also includes a Blu-Ray remote and a copy of both X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Dark Knight. Also, according to a press release from yesterday, there will also be FIFA 10 and Need for Speed: Shift bundles. The bundles will go on sale for GBP 284.99. As far as why Sony decided to come out with these bundles, they stated:
Following the great success of the new, smaller, 120GB PS3, which sold over one million units in its first three weeks on sale, the 250GB model has the same hardware specifications as the current model, but with greater storage space, to offer consumers even more choice.
No word on whether or not any bundles will hit the states, though.
As of right now, I’m not 100% sure if these will be made available in either North American or PAL territories, but Sony has announced at it’s SCEJ Press Conference the FFXIII Bundle, called the Lightning Edition, which includes a 250GB hard drive and is white with a red Lightning design on the face of the console (thanks to No Kill Tayler pointing out where to find the pic). The bundle will retail for 41,600 yen and will be for sale on December 17th, day and date with the standalone software.
Also of note, Final Fantasy VIII will be made available on the PlayStation Store (at least, in Japan) on Thursday for 1,500 yen. Hopefully it will hit state side and across the pond tomorrow as well. I’m sure one of my favorites, FFIX, will soon follow suit in a couple months.