Aussies to miss out on 160Gb PS3
Seemingly, this story is a couple of months old, but I'd not heard it before...
While 80GB PS3s, which will replace the 40GB units, have on sale on since August for AU$699 (US$609) and come with a Dual Shock 3 controller in Australia, there have been rumors of PS3 160GB coming out soon, but what's in it for us?
Overnight at the Leipzig Games Convention, Sony made a batch of announcements, including the introduction of a new 160GB PlayStation 3 version. Although the latest hardware revision to the PS3 will be made available in North America and Europe, Australians hoping to pick up the console will be bitterly disappointed.
A spokesperson for Sony Computer Entertainment Australia told GameSpot AU that the new PS3 was a "limited edition SKU across all PAL territories that we haven't been able to make available for Australian consumers." He also added that, "Any consumers who want more space, the option's still available to purchase a notebook drive and upgrade."
In the US, the 160GB PS3 will ship in November for US$499 and will come packaged with a copy of Naughty Dog's Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, a Dual Shock 3 controller, and a voucher for the PSN game PAIN. Those in Europe will be getting the bundle on Halloween for an RRP of €449, and it comes with €70 worth of "additional downloadable" content.
Sony's PlayTV add-on for the PS3 has also received an updated local-release period, with Sony now saying that it's due out in "early 2009". The service is expected to arrive in the UK on 19 September, and the rest of Europe can expect it later in the year.
Although Aussie PS3 owners have been able to download music videos for a while now, they've been restricted to Sony BMG Australia artists such as Shannon Noll and TV Rock. From "early 2009", Sony will be partnering up with one of the largest online music-video providers, VidZone, to bring music clips to the PlayStation 3. VidZone will be accessible via the XMB and can stream music clips to the PS3 for free.
The final hardware announcement confirmed by PlayStation Australia is that Aussies will also be receiving the new wireless keypad for the PS3. Unfortunately, no firm release date has been given, other than "before the end of the year".
Source - Cnet Australi
Last edited by Cadder; 4th December 2008 at 10:28 PM.
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