The not so surprising 40GB PlayStation 3 model has been announced today in London and so far it's just for Europe. The SKU includes the usual but omits 2 of the 4 USB ports and the multi memory card port. I would've liked to have seen all the USB ports and just eliminate the memory card port. Wi-Fi is still included though. Another change is they are forgoing backwards compatibility in this version although I would think since it's software emulation why they wouldn't just keep that feature in.
PRNewswire LONDON October 5
LONDON, October 5 /PRNewswire/ --
- Aggressively Priced Hardware and a Terrific Software Line-up Make for an Unbeatable Combination
- New 40GB PS3 at EUR399
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced details of its exciting new PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) model that will launch throughout the SCEE territories on 10th October 2007 at the highly attractive price of EUR399.
Providing an incredibly appealing entry point to the world of High Definition gaming and entertainment for the holiday season, the new PS3 brings the next generation of interactive home entertainment to homes all across 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; true next generation gameplay, stunning High Definition Blu-ray Disc(TM) movies, SIXAXIS(TM) wireless controller, Wi-Fi and HDMI connectivity, all powered by the Cell Broadband Engine(TM), 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.
The new model is no longer backwards compatible with PlayStation(R)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(i), comprising a 60GB PS3 with extensive backwards compatibility, an additional SIXAXIS wireless controller and two first party titles will be reduced in price to EUR499. Remaining on sale while stocks last, the 60GB model represents outstanding value for the keen gamer wishing to upgrade to the High Definition capabilities of 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.
(i)In the UK and Ireland, the Starter Pack will be replaced by a separate in-store promotion on the 60GB PS3.
PLAYSTATION(R)3 40GB Specification
Product name PLAYSTATION(R)3
CPU Cell Broadband Engine(TM) Processor
Sound Dolby 5.1ch, DTS 5.1ch , LPCM 7.1ch, AAC,
others (a) (b)
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
Wireless controller Included
AV Output Screen size 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
HDMI OUT x1 (c)
AV MULTI OUT x1
DIGITAL OUT x1
BD/DVD/CD Maximum Read BD 2x (BD-ROM)
DVD 8x (DVD-ROM)
CD 24x (CD-ROM)
Dimensions Approximately 325mm (W) x 98mm (H) x 274mm
Weight Approximately 5 kg
(a) 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.
(b) 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.
(c) "Deep Color" and "x.v.Color (xvYCC)" defined by HDMI ver1.3a are supported.
For further information please contact:
Nick Sharples (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Nick Caplin ( email@example.com)
Images of the new PS3 are available on the SCEE Virtual press Office at http://www.scee.presscentre.com