Cheaper Sony PlayStation 3 Arrives in US Next Month

It was bound to happen: the

40GB PlayStation 3 previously announced for Japan and Europe will arrive in the US in November 2 with a $400 price tag. The 80GB model will get a price cut too, going from $600 to $500. Both versions are still more expensive than its Microsoft and Nintendo rivals. [WSJ]

UPDATE: Here's the official word from Sony:

Sony Computer Entertainment America Announces New 40GB Playstation(R)3 (PS3(TM)) Configuration and Price Reduction Of Current 80GB Model

New 40GB Model to be Available in North America on November 2nd for $399;

Effective Immediately, 80GB PS3 to be Priced at $499

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) today announced plans to introduce a new 40GB model of its PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system.

Beginning November 2nd, to further enhance the HD entertainment experience, the new 40GB PS3 model will come bundled with the blockbuster movie Spider-Man(TM) 3 Blu-ray Disc(TM) (BD) from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and will be available in North America for a suggested retail price of $399 (USD/CND). The company also announced that effective immediately, the current 80GB PS3 model will be available in North America for $499 (USD/CND), $100 below the original launch price.

"We're pleased to offer the consumer a lower price point without sacrificing the core technology components that make PS3 the most advanced high-definition entertainment system available. Every PS3 comes with a Blu-ray drive, HDMI output, an integrated Wi-Fi connection, Cell Broadband

Engine and a built-in hard-drive," said Jack Tretton, President and CEO, SCEA.

"This holiday season we'll be able to offer attractive retail pricing with a broad portfolio of outstanding games including Ratchet & Clank(R) Future: Tools of Destruction(TM), THE EYE OF JUDGMENT(TM), Uncharted: Drake's Fortune(TM), Heavenly Sword(TM), Call of Duty(R) 4: Modern Warfare, Assassin's

Creed(TM), Haze(TM) and RockBand(TM)."

The new 40GB PS3 will no longer play PlayStation(R)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.

PLAYSTATION(R)3 40GB Specification

Product name PLAYSTATION(R)3

CPU Cell Broadband Engine(TM) (Cell/B.E.)

GPU RSX(TM)

Sound Dolby 5.1ch, DTS 5.1ch , LPCM 7.1ch, AAC,

others *1 *2

Memory 256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM

HDD 2.5" Serial ATA 40GB

I/O USB 2.0 x2

Communication Ethernet X1 (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)

IEEE 802.11 b/g Included

Bluetooth 2.0 Included

(EDR)

Wireless controller (Bluetooth) Included

AV Output Screen size 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p

HDMI OUT x1 *3

AV MULTI OUT x1

DIGITAL OUT x1

(OPTICAL)

BD/DVD/CD Maximum Read Speed BD 2x (BD-ROM)

Drive DVD 8x (DVD-ROM)

(Read Only) CD 24x (CD-ROM)

Dimensions Approximately 12.75in(W) x 3.86in (H) x

10.8in (D)

Weight Approximately 11 lbs



*1 A device compatible with Linear PCM 7.1 Ch. is required to output 7.1

Ch. audio, supported by Dolby TrueHD or a similar format, from the HDMI

OUT connector.

*2 This system does not support output from the DTS-HD 7.1 Ch. DTS-HD 7.1

Ch. audio is output from a 5.1 or lower channel.

*3 "Deep Color" and "x.v.Color (xvYCC)" defined by HDMI ver1.3a are

supported.