Sony Reveals 40GB Playstation 3. Surprise!

Sony Reveals 40GB Playstation 3. Surprise!

The worst kept secret in console history has been officially announced. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today announced details of its new Playstation 3 model that will launch throughout the SCEE territories on 10th October 2007 at a selling price of â'¬399.

The new PS3 will launch in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australasia.

Along with an ever 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; High Definition Blu-ray Disc movies, SIXAXIS wireless controller, Wi-Fi and HDMI connectivity, all powered by the Cell Broadband Engine, the digital heart of PS3.

The new model features two USB 2.0 ports rather than four and no longer includes the multi memory card port. The new model is no longer backwards compatible with PlayStation 2 titles.

The existing Starter Pack, comprising a 60GB PS3 with extensive backwards compatibility, an additional SIXAXIS wireless controller and two first party titles will be reduced in price to â'¬499 and will remain on sale only until stock is depleted. In the UK and Ireland, the Starter Pack will be replaced by a separate in-store promotion on the 60GB PS3

"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 incredibly affordable High Definition gaming and 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."