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40GB to be released in Saudi Arabia

It seems the 40GB PlayStation 3 is slowly taking over the world, one country at a time. Now that it's headed to every major region, Sony has announced its new system bundled with the Spider-man 3 Blu-ray will soon be released in Saudi Arabia for SR 1,799.

"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 Abdul Kader, marketing manager at MECL. "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."

Although we weren't aware Saudi Arabians were big on gaming, it's great to see Sony spreading the 40GB love throughout the world.

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1. So wait, am I reading this correctly? Saudi Arabia has a new, cheaper PS3 but North America hasn't had one announced yet?

Posted at 4:03PM on Oct 10th 2007 by Skyfire360

2. @1. We will...soon, RELAX! It's only a question of time...Rumors are saying November 2nd for North America...
I love it...

Posted at 4:13PM on Oct 10th 2007 by Hovan316

3. hm....yeah

Posted at 4:18PM on Oct 10th 2007 by Paul

4. isnt saudi Arabia under the SCEE, if so then of course they are going to get it, its just a matter of time when the SCEA annouce the 40gb here

Posted at 4:27PM on Oct 10th 2007 by lenny0487

5. They're releasing some QUALITY bundles here in the UK.

£350 for the 60GB + 3 games + HDMI cable
£350 + 2 games + HDMI cable + controller + Blu-Ray movie.

Posted at 4:29PM on Oct 10th 2007 by -viper-

6. "Now that it's headed to every major region"

i haven't heard the US announcement yet!?

Posted at 4:39PM on Oct 10th 2007 by xion

7. @xion
They're saving the best for last.

Posted at 4:45PM on Oct 10th 2007 by Ruben

8. @ everyone moaning about the US release

they are saving that till last, because it will have to be done carefully. The 360 practically has control over the US, so it will be difficult to introduce the new PS3 without digging a bigger hole in that region.

But don't worry, the PS3 has secured the spot of next gen console every where else in the world, and when i say next gen i mean next gen, not wii ¬_¬

Posted at 4:53PM on Oct 10th 2007 by JackMichael-

9. "Now that it's headed to every major region"

Umm, so when did NA get downgraded to a third world country? We haven't even gotten a freakin DENIAL yet. If this thing is coming to the US and Canada before the end of the year then it's going to need to be announced before the end of the week. Notice how far off the Japan date is. Doesn't seem likely we will get a 40gb unit before them. So 2008 is looking to be the case, if at all.

Posted at 4:56PM on Oct 10th 2007 by OrganicShadow

10. Ok I am from Saudi Arabic, currently studying in the UK, and I can tell you know, Saudis are hardcore gamers, It's a big industry, the most popular shop which is like game in the uk or gamestop in the US is a place called: Tokyo Games. There are like 60 of the in Jeddah alone, I can also tell you now that the playstation franchise is bigger than xbox, Xbox in Saudi is like Xbox in Japan. No one buys the console. But I guess the main reason behind that is the fact Saudi Arabia doesn't even have broadband yet for legality reasons.. you know: polotics, porn etc. Anyways DSL is catching up so my cousins are all playing online games for the first time: resistence and warhawk

Posted at 5:15PM on Oct 10th 2007 by waterblue_ism

11. Great well maybe well the saudi's are distracted by the PS3 america can free themselves from saudia arabia [See: foreign oil]

Posted at 5:17PM on Oct 10th 2007 by Random1448

12. @9

When the USD dropped below the CAD...

Posted at 5:24PM on Oct 10th 2007 by ruibing

13. I’m from Saudi Arabia .The PS3 was released 2 days before the European releas.

Now 60GB PlayStation 3 is for SR 1,899 With one game = ( 506 US $).

And hear you say the 40GB PlayStation 3 is for SR 1,799 With Spider-man 3 = ( 480 US $).

???????????? Just 26 US $ Cheaper ????????????

Posted at 5:28PM on Oct 10th 2007 by Turk

14. strange....

Posted at 5:33PM on Oct 10th 2007 by Anthony Pittarelli

15. i'm not from saudi arabia, from egypt actually, but live in america, anyway my cousins used to live there, and gaming is HUGE over there, i mean the economy over there can actually pay for ps3's unlike other middle eastern countries. but somthing that i think will hurt it is the fact that even though the ps3 was there (and to clarify with the above comment about ps3 being there earlier, that was prolly imported) the thing is most of the locals pirate their games anyway for the ps2, so it will be interesting to see what happens with the ps3, will they lower the price of games? or will they figuire out how to pirate blue ray? prolly the second one.

Posted at 8:32PM on Oct 10th 2007 by crazypenguin

16. I'm glad to see comments from people in Arabia and Egypt, we never get to hear about how things are over there, and it's cool to know that there are players in the middle east.

Posted at 8:53PM on Oct 10th 2007 by John

17. Dude im from Saudi Arabia and I can tell you we are loyal to sony,I cant wait for mgso,mgs4,FFXIII and versus oh and killzone2 looks AWESOME!! =)
BTW HALO3=sux big times

Posted at 11:05PM on Oct 10th 2007 by WARRIOR88

18. i'm from saudi arabia and used 2 be a sony fan boy
but i sold my ps3 and bought an xbox 360 and trust me
PS3 SUCKS why ? cuz online sucks + delays + no games
xbox 360 is much better

@17 kill zone 2 is gonna suck just like kill zone 1


Posted at 8:35AM on Oct 11th 2007 by A-XIII

19. well in the Middle East region PlayStation Brand is dominant. I bought my PS3 for $730 now a 60Gb is about $463 + 2 Games + Controller. So it's actually cheaper and you get to choose which region you want.
or US

Posted at 1:52PM on Oct 11th 2007 by AMG

20. I'm glad to see this coming out. Back when I lived in the mideast, everything Sony released in terms of gaming was gold. If you walked down a street, you're likely to see 5 or 6 stores selling PS2 games/accessories/systems, along with some other outdated systems, like the Sega and Atari. The reason I think Sony never officially released anything in Saudi Arabia was because of piracy. All of the stores that sold Sony systems and games sold chipped systems, that came with 10-20 free pirated games, which in turn encouraged you to buy more pirated games for little over $4.

Anyway, really glad it's being released, better call up some friends and family in the region and tell them it's coming.

Posted at 9:11PM on Oct 11th 2007 by Hesham Salman

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