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Sony Confirms 40GB PS3/80GB Price Cut For North America

Sony has confirmed that the 40GB hard drive model of the PlayStation 3 will be launched in the U.S. on November 2nd for $399, bundled with the Spider-Man 3 movie on Blu-Ray, at the same time announcing an immediate price cut for the existing 80GB v
SCEA (Sony Computer Entertainment America) president and CEO Jack Tretton has confirmed that the 40GB hard drive model of the PlayStation 3 will be launched in the U.S. on November 2nd for $399, bundled with the Spider-Man 3 movie on Blu-Ray. Already released in Europe and confirmed for Japan, the 40GB model has only two USB 2.0 ports instead of four, and lacks the multi-memory card port of the more expensive models. It also lacks any backwards compatibility with the PlayStation 2. As a result, the cost of the 40GB model is just $399. At the same time, the price of the existing 80GB hard drive version of the PlayStation 3 will be reduced in the U.S. from $599 to $499, effective immediately, according to an official statement. Speaking to the Reuters news agency in an interview, Tretton commented on the lack of backward compatibility with the PlayStation 2 by saying: “Backward compatibility is a nice secondary consideration, but it's far from the number-one priority." In a separate interview with The Wall Street Journal, Tretton commented: “While we were incredibly excited about the technology in PS3 and while it was future-proofed to some degree, it was a bit ahead of its time. The downside of all that technology was the price we had to offer it to consumer at retail. We knew $599 was going to be a challenge for some people based on traditional videogame pricing." An official statement released by Sony commented further of the backward compatibility change: "The new 40GB PS3 will no longer play PlayStation 2 titles, reflecting the availability of a more extensive line-up of PS3 specific titles. Consumers looking for backwards compatibility can take advantage of the limited PlayStation 2 backwards compatibility of the 80GB PS3."

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