Sony UK Confirms 40Gb PS3 and Announces Price Cut for 60Gb

40gb ps3For our readers in the United Kingdom, news that everyone has been waiting for has finally surfaced regarding the infamous 40Gb PS3. Sony UK has finally laid to rest rumors of a PS3 price-cut and along with it, confirmed the existence of a 40Gb unit. While this may seem like great news for those who wish to own a PS3 without having to sign over their first-born to Sony, the news of the elusive 40Gb PS3 is a double edged sword – although it will only cost the consumer £299, it is NOT backwards compatible. That being said, for those who wish to purchase the higher end 60Gb model, the price has dropped to £349. Sony announced that the said PS3s will launch on October 10th in the UK.

The existing Starter Pack for the PS3 will be replaced by a new Value Pack featuring a fully functioning 60Gb PS3 with extensive backwards compatibility, a SIXAXIS wireless controller and two first party titles. The 40Gb model features two USB 2.0 ports rather than four and no longer includes the multi memory card port – both features that, for those who wish, can be enhanced or provided through the addition of readily available after market accessories. This new model, as I mentioned, is no longer backwards compatible with PS2 titles, which according to Sony UK reflects a “reduced emphasis placed on this feature” among gamers who purchased the original PS3 models. Sony states that gamers are more concerned with new titles for the PS3 instead of being able to pop in an older game,  and with 65 titles being offered by Christmas, this only adds to their reasoning behind the VERY scaled down 40Gb model.

“As we approach our very first PlayStation Christmas, it is satisfying to be able to offer UK consumers the choice of two PlayStation 3 packages both now representing remarkable value,” commented Ray Maguire, managing director of SCEUK, “We have a brand new 40GB machine that represents an excellent entry point into the world of High Definition games and movies, and we have the fully featured 60GB machine being offered with two next generation gaming experiences at a highly competitive price.”

“The introduction of the new PS3 has been the result of extensive research into the entertainment needs and preferences of the next generation of PS3 owners,” said David Reeves, President of SCEE. “It has allowed us to deliver an extremely advanced, yet highly affordable High Definition entertainment system, configured to the needs of the next generation of European PS3 owners. PS3 has always been the device of choice for the discerning gamer and entertainment seeker, and the new PS3 is more than ever the perfect High Definition entertainment system.”

What does this mean for North American consumers? It means the same thing. There is no reason why we would have a 40Gb PS3 that is backwards compatible and the UK would not. Plain and simple, for those of us waiting for a full-fledged all-inclusive PS3 dream machine will just have to fork over the dough and get the upgraded models. I understand why some people would not be concerned with the backwards compatibility of a PS3 when they have a perfectly good PS2 sitting at home. But just remember, one day it will break, the tray will act funky, or it will start scratching your games to pieces like mine and many other did. My GTA: San Andreas looks like I took a kitchen knife to it. Someday in the future, your PS2 will die of old age, and new ones will no longer be available and the day will come when you want to pop in the original title of your favorite game and guess what? Your 40Gb PS3 will not be able to play it.

Official Press Announcement After the Break

“Sony Computer Entertainment UK (SCEUK) today announced details of two new PLAYSTATION3 (PS3) packs that will be launched on 10th October 2007. The existing PS3 Starter Pack will be replaced by a 60GB value pack at a price of £349. Additionally, a new 40GB entry level PS3 model will be introduced at £299.

Providing a highly attractive entry point to the world of high definition gaming and movies, the new PS3 is designed to bring the next generation of interactive home entertainment to households all across Europe. Along with an expanding line-up of PS3 titles (a total of 65 titles tracking across all genres by Christmas), the new PS3 is equipped with a 40GB HDD and includes all the features central to the High Definition entertainment experience; true next generation gameplay, stunning High Definition Blu-ray Disc movies, SIXAXIS wireless controller, USB, Wi-Fi and HDMI connectivity, all powered by the Cell Broadband Engine, the digital heart of PS3.

As with the 60GB PS3, the new PS3 features upgradeable firmware allowing new features and functionality to be added to the system as time progresses. A recent firmware update, for example, enabled PS3 to upscale DVD’s played on the system to full 1080P High Definition.

The introduction of the new PS3 has been determined following user feedback from thousands of existing PS3 owners as well as research into future potential PS3 owners. The new model features two USB 2.0 ports rather than four and no longer includes the multi memory card port – both features that, for those who wish, can be enhanced or provided through the addition of readily available aftermarket accessories.

The new model is also no longer backwards compatible with PlayStation®2 titles, reflecting both the reduced emphasis placed on this feature amongst later purchasers of PS3, as well as the availability of a more extensive line-up of PS3 specific titles (a total of 65 titles across all genres by Christmas).

The existing Starter Pack will be replaced by a new Value Pack featuring a fully functioning 60GB PS3 with extensive backwards compatibility, a SIXAXIS wireless controller and two first party titles which will be offered at a price of £349. The 60GB model represents outstanding value for the keen gamer wishing to upgrade to the High Definition capabilities of PS3.

“As we approach our very first PlayStation Christmas, it is satisfying to be able to offer UK consumers the choice of two PlayStation 3 packages both now representing remarkable value,” commented Ray Maguire, managing director of SCEUK, “We have a brand new 40GB machine that represents an excellent entry point into the world of High Definition games and movies, and we have the fully featured 60GB machine being offered with two next generation gaming experiences at a highly competitive price.”

“The introduction of the new PS3 has been the result of extensive research into the entertainment needs and preferences of the next generation of PS3 owners,” said David Reeves, President of SCEE. “It has allowed us to deliver an extremely advanced, yet highly affordable High Definition entertainment system, configured to the needs of the next generation of European PS3 owners. PS3 has always been the device of choice for the discerning gamer and entertainment seeker, and the new PS3 is more than ever the perfect High Definition entertainment system.”

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11 Comments on Sony UK Confirms 40Gb PS3 and Announces Price Cut for 60Gb

SpiralGray

On October 5, 2007 at 11:58 am

Oh for Pete’s sake. Another example of giving the illusion of a choice that isn’t really a choice at all (at least for me). I can live without the card reader and two extra USB ports, but I feel the backwards compatibility is still a significant feature. There are PS2 games I have heard really good things about that I never got around to playing (God of War springs to mind). I guess I’ll just keep waiting for another price drop.

Stu

On October 5, 2007 at 12:30 pm

wow 65 games at christmas what a joke stop making suckier versions of the console and spend money on games you cheap bastards

Norbit

On October 5, 2007 at 12:51 pm

Spiralgray of course they are offering a choice. If you want backwards compatibility you can pay for it and buy the more expensive one.

I wouldn’t be to upset about it because I’m pretty sure that the really good PS2 games like Ico & God of War will be on PSN to download at some point.

Joelteon7

On October 5, 2007 at 6:43 pm

Hmmm, not convinced about this. The £300 for the basic model is easily outclassed by the £250 360 Premium (and obviously, the £180 Wii) but they’re pitting the 60gb against the Elite. Honestly, the only trump I can see the PS3 has on that one is the Blu-ray and as seeing that not many people entirely seem to care about it…I think the Elite will be much more in their favour.

However, that being said, I think that’s what Sony needs. A price-cut was sorely needed.

Norbit

On October 5, 2007 at 6:57 pm

Shouldn’t you be off writing graffiti on PS3 boxes or trying to cool your 360 down in a bucket of water?

The £300 for the basic model is easily outclassed by the £250 360 Premium

In Microsofts dreams you wit.

SpiralGray

On October 5, 2007 at 7:27 pm

Norbit… nice to see you’re still working on those highly intellectual debating skills.

As to whether they are offering a choice, sure they are, technically. Just like my garbage collection service offers a choice of $20 / month or $10 per pickup. Yeah, it’s a choice, but not really. One of the big benefits of the Sony product is its huge back catalog of titles. That benefit goes right out the window with the 40GB SKU.

So if there are old games you want to play, and you don’t happen to have a PS2, you have to shell out an extra £50 (minimum, about $100 based on the exchange rate site I just checked) to get that feature.

IMO it’s like Intel coming out with a new chip and telling us the low-end model will no longer run Windows XP. It seems like there are other things that could have been left out of the low-end SKU that would reduce the price that a bigger population of potential buyers would care less about. For example, leave out the built-in wireless (but still provide an ethernet connection). That way if I want to at a later point I can always hard-wire or add a wireless adapter, but I’m getting in at a lower price point out of the gate. The backwards compatibility isn’t something a consumer can add later if they decide that it’s something important to them.

Heru-Ur

On October 6, 2007 at 2:39 am

Awesome to see Sony still looking out for consumer interests… bwahaha yeah, right. Nevermind. :mrgreen:

Norbit

On October 6, 2007 at 4:17 am

Spirsl gray you keep saying things like this:

“Yeah, it’s a choice, but not really.”

It is a choice. Get an adult or your carer to explain it to you. I don’t think you realise how dumb you sound writing that. It might not be your idea of the best choice BUT IT IS A ING CHOICE!

It is amazing how all the 360 owners on here are finding fault in a $250 price cut. Tards.

Norbit

On October 6, 2007 at 4:20 am

“The backwards compatibility isn’t something a consumer can add later if they decide that it’s something important to them.”

So they CHOOSE to buy the one that costs £50 more if its important to them. Do you understand the concept of choice? Do you even know what the word means?

Joelteon7

On October 6, 2007 at 4:00 pm

It’s a good possibility that some people may not be aware of all the features the system has, or, in this case, hasn’t. I’m sure if you asked the 120 million PS2 owners what were the main features of each of the SKU’s the PS3 has/is (whichever fits) then they wouldn’t all be able to tell you. Granted, they still have their PS2, but considering the PS2 came with standard of backwards compatability, they might be slightly disappointed in spending so much to get something that doesn’t offer all that they did. Might sound silly, but some people do just not look for these things or, are stupid with their money.

I think this was a dangerouns option by Sony. They should have waited till either just before Christmas (November/December early) or just after when they had a more substantial line-up. It makes sense; if you can’t play the oldies, if there’s nothing new to play, why have you just spent so much money on something? Dangerous, but, could be profitable. We’ll soon find out.

weclock

On October 6, 2007 at 4:12 pm

no backwards compatibility = no buy