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Japan gets 40GB, price drop, white PS3


Japan always have it slightly better, right? First the FFVII Crisis Core PSP, then the early DualShock 3 release and now Japan is getting the 40GB and a price drop on the 20GB (they still make those?) and 60GB models. So what's new? Europe is getting the same thing, right? Wrong - Japan is getting a new PS3 colour for the 40GB model as well as matching Dualshock 3 controllers. The new 40GB PS3s and controllers (all in Clear Black and Ceramic White) will be available on November 11th, about a month after the European release, and will sell for 39,980 yen (around 340 dollars or 240 euros). The Dualshock 3s will not be bundled with the console but will be available for 5,500 yen each (about 33 euros or 47 dollars).

In addition to this, effective October 17th the 20GB and 60GB models will be dropping price to 44,980 yen (about 384 dollars or 273 euros) and 54,980 yen (about 334 euros or 469 dollars) respectively. They will also be eligible for a free copy of Spider-Man 3 on Blu Ray for the first 200,000 purchasers, as will the 40GB once it is released. With price drops of about 5,000 yen across the board, and the inclusion of a new budget system, Sony really seem to be pushing forward through this holiday season.

If you're disappointed about not getting rumble until next year, or you just want a white controller, then don't fret. Most of this year's new games will have rumble out of the box so feel free to import the controllers from Japan.

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1. Hi, I'm a Japanese gamer. I'm considering buying a white version.

Posted at 8:50AM on Oct 9th 2007 by Genie

2. Jem, and everyone else, can you recommend suitable Japan/Honk Kong exporter websites of said Rumbling Sixaxis controllers?

Posted at 8:51AM on Oct 9th 2007 by Ian

3. The white looks SWEEEET!!!
(Can I trade up, lol)

Posted at 9:09AM on Oct 9th 2007 by TRUTH

4. wow... that looks hella sweet!!

Posted at 9:27AM on Oct 9th 2007 by Byron517

5. @2 Ian

Check out play-asia.com - they have the most up to date preorders and soft/hardwares at a reasonable price. yesasia.com also have them but they over price and their "discounts" usually brings it down to play-asia's level. NCSX.com is another import site based in NY - their stuff might be a little more pricy but it is in USso faster/cheaper shipping overall.

Posted at 9:47AM on Oct 9th 2007 by shase

6. Yup... I actually just ordered the white dualshock 3. Unfortunately, only one order per customer, but still pretty slick. I am a sucker for white controllers :)

Posted at 10:24AM on Oct 9th 2007 by Zero101

7. thats fug, hate vibrating controllers, price drops are good though.

Posted at 10:26AM on Oct 9th 2007 by clamana

8. Ooh, want a pretty white DS3, but for $60+shipping? Maybe I'll wait until it's sold in the US. ;-) I don't like paying over $40-45 for controllers. Rumble's not that important to me. I rarely used it on the PS2 anyway. But ooh, it's pretty.

Posted at 10:39AM on Oct 9th 2007 by Metoo

9. The white looks really nice, and I guess if you already have a 360 or Wii (or both) this would go really well with them.....but I kinda like the sexy black more.

Posted at 10:43AM on Oct 9th 2007 by Neil

10. AW I want the white one, hopefully they are available in North America

Posted at 11:00AM on Oct 9th 2007 by rawd

11. Just ordered from Play-Asia.. Coupon code below.

DT-MUA-BUN

Posted at 11:13AM on Oct 9th 2007 by Matt

12. Maybe making it Wii-white colored will make it sell better in Japan.
360 did the off-white instead of Wii-white and see what happened in Japan.

Posted at 11:18AM on Oct 9th 2007 by RangerPrimeX

13. Good old sony returns to its roots...

"copy and paste"

Posted at 12:39PM on Oct 9th 2007 by TheForceUnleased08

14. Son of a-

Ever since E3 05 I wanted a White PS3. But I needed the EE on 60GB PS3s...why'd you have to make me choose, Sony?!

Posted at 1:29PM on Oct 9th 2007 by prateeko

15. @Matt

Thanks! ordered, the coupon code is much appreciated. Actually, I think I paid less for that white ds3 than I would for a sixaxis locally.

i'm glad i waited to pick up a 2nd controller.

Posted at 1:56PM on Oct 9th 2007 by evolution

16. Would a Japanese controller be compatible with US PS3s? I've never really imported any game-related stuff, but this looks really sick.

Posted at 2:00PM on Oct 9th 2007 by will fn b

17. I always wanted the white one. Oh well the black one is nice enough.

Posted at 2:12PM on Oct 9th 2007 by Cory

18. *will wait for the PS3 to be shipped with dualshock3*

Posted at 2:47PM on Oct 9th 2007 by ryano

19. I'll wait to see if the US gets the same, if we don't, then it'll be hot import nights for me!

Posted at 3:25PM on Oct 9th 2007 by Ruben

20. The white is so...so sexy. Bring it over ASAP!

Posted at 4:10PM on Oct 9th 2007 by PT Cruiser

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