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Japan is already enjoying the ceramic white variation of the slimmed-down PS3, and pretty soon, they’ll be getting a new color to choose from. As part of its hardware bundle, Gran Turismo 5 will be accompanied by a sleek titanium blue PS3.
The shiny blue PS3 will be packing a 160GB HDD, plus a matching controller. Another interesting bit is that the Gran Turismo 5 Racing Pack will also include a first-print copy of the game, which comes with an art book and downloadable “Stealth Models” of the Mercedes Benx SLS AMG, the McLaren F1, Honda NSX GT 500, Audi R10 TDI, and the Nissan GT-R GT500.
The bundle will cost ¥35,980 (US$ 420) and will be available in Japan on November 3rd. The first-print copies of the game will be sold at regular PS3 game price, but after stocks run out, regular versions will be sold at the same price, minus the extra stuff.
Has GameStop jumped the gun again? The retailer has posted and hastily pulled a listing for a “just announced” 160GB PS3 Slim.
Before disappearing, the listing reportedly had the 160GB Slim priced at US$ 299.99, the same price that the 120GB model has now.
Aside from the standard retail pack, a US$ 404.97 God of War 3 bundle containing the game and two controllers as well as a US$ 379.97 Accessory Bundle with two controllers and a Bluetooth remote were also being offered.
Sony hasn’t announced anything yet, but notice the “Just Announced” label on the pic. Sony is having its Gamescom conference later today, though, so perhaps some GameStop employee got the dates mixed up.
Update its been confirmed by
James Gallagher: There’s a 320 GB PS3 available at 349 Euro and a 160 GB for 299.
Which is what he said in the Live blog. So thoughts on the new 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.