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$399 40GB PS3 Coming Soon?

Ah rumours. Ya gotta love ’em, because it gives us something to talk about. The latest talking point is the fall introduction of a 40GB PS3 for $399. And depending on where you hear this rumour, the machine either will or will not have backwards compatibility totally removed.

Hmmm. BC totally removed? I just can’t swallow that one. While surely it must be true that a lot of people don’t care a whit about BC, it would be too confusing to the consumer to have two SKU’s out there, only one of which had BC. Imagine finally being able to afford a PS3, but then it doesn’t play some of your PS2 games. Man, that would suck. I just don’t think that Sony would bifurcate the market like this. It doesn’t make sense.

What about the 40GB aspect? Hm. I have to say that I don’t like that idea any better. Sony’s been talking up downloadable content, and about how we need the 80GB PS3’s extra space soon for all the stuff we’ll be downloading. And now they want to give us a smaller hard disk? Hardly the kind of message they should be sending.

So I’m really hoping that this rumour proves to be false. I’ll even give Sony a hint as to what they should be doing. This fall, Sony should drop the price of the 80GB PS3 to $399 and introduce a 160GB PS3 for $499. Or maybe keep the 60GB PS3 but drop it to $399, and introduce a 120GB PS3 at $499, skipping the 80GB SKU altogther. I doubt they’d do that, though, considering that they’re just introducing the 80GB PS3 next month. Ah well.

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