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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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21. @PT Cruiser
I know right you just want to... touch it.

Posted at 4:46PM on Oct 9th 2007 by Ruben

22. I bet the white PS3 sure hides the dust better the the black!

Posted at 5:31PM on Oct 9th 2007 by wonway01

23. "22. I bet the white PS3 sure hides the dust better the the black!"


Actually it does.

Was that some kinda crack on ps3?

Posted at 6:28PM on Oct 9th 2007 by Shattercross

24. "Japan always have it slightly better, right?"

No, I disagree. Japan gets royally screwed for the most part. There's depressingly LESS selection of games here than back home (in terms of games one would want to play, anyway -- who wants boku no natsu yasumi 3?). Also, Blu-rays are TWICE as expensive at around 4300 yen per disc. All of my purchases have to be imports, which adds an extra premium on them.
I think Sony is trying to kissing up to their Japanese customers by giving us the white system & DS3 early. It's their way of saying "Sorry for screwing you."

Posted at 6:36PM on Oct 9th 2007 by Richard Comegys

25. @24

You forget that the Japanese have different tastes when it comes to gaming, why do you think the 360 isn't doing as well there? Hell, the Nintendo DS dominates there- everyone and their mom has one (literally) because of it's selection of learning and causal games, games that would bomb here. Hell, Lair got craped in the US but is a hit in Japan with reviewers. The Europeans have it the hardest when it comes to gaming, Japan doesn't have it that bad- they always get stuff first because all the best companies are there.

Posted at 7:41PM on Oct 9th 2007 by Shattercross

26. I have much shame. I pre-ordered the white DS3 from Play-asia. Thanks for the coupon code.

Bad, bad! Although I have until early November to cancel if needed.

Posted at 7:43PM on Oct 9th 2007 by Metoo

27. The big question is, does this new white one include silicon based on the 65nm process now? I want my RSX and Cell to be running cooler before I pony up any cash for a PS3.

That said, I also want the following:

- Xvid/Divx support (like many other media boxes sold at retail).
- Skype support (like you have on the SONY Mylo).

Posted at 8:30PM on Oct 9th 2007 by steve sway

28. Wow. So a US release of the 40gb unit is looking less and less likely. It wouldn't make sense for Sony to announce Japan first if US would get it before them(rumored Nov 2 date).

Posted at 9:12PM on Oct 9th 2007 by OrganicShadow

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