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40GB PS3 + 80GB price cut confirmed for the US [Update]

Bet you didn't see this coming. We certainly didn't (that's sarcasm, by the way). SCEA have now confirmed that the 40GB PS3 will be coming to America for only $400 on November the 2nd. Not only that, but the 80GB model with have its price slashed from $600 to $500.

Of course, the 40GB will "suffer" the same "drawbacks" as it does in Europe and Japan. Namely, a lack of backwards compatability, fewer USB ports and no memory card readers. Expect a surge in the sales of the 80GB system. We're just confused as to why Sony is waiting until November 2nd to get this launched. It's almost been out for a week over in Europe.

[Update 1: Price-reduced 80GB systems are now available at GameStop. Also available at]
[Update 2: Images of the 40GB box have been uploaded. Check past the break.]

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Posted at 7:45AM on Oct 18th 2007 by PS3 Fan

2. Why the confusion? It makes perfect sense from a business perspective. The 'average' consumer electronics buyer will not know of the new model being made available until after it has hit retail shelves. Thus, Black Friday will be the perfect opportunity for Sony to move the excess inventory of 60GB units that are still in the distribution chain.

Posted at 7:47AM on Oct 18th 2007 by jeremybara

3. That's cool. Of course, I have a 60GB from days of old, so this means nothing. Well, actually it means more 360 trolls in R:FOM and Warhawk trying to teabag. *heebie-jeebies*

Posted at 7:50AM on Oct 18th 2007 by Kattleox

4. The 80GB price drop is IMMEDIATE...but what about the 60GB on the shelves now?

Posted at 7:51AM on Oct 18th 2007 by Kspraydad

5. OK... bring over the Ceramic White version.

Posted at 7:52AM on Oct 18th 2007 by phattie

6. Haha, whoops! I just realized the error in my previous post :) God my days are soooo off since moving to Buenos Aires.

Posted at 7:54AM on Oct 18th 2007 by jeremybara

7. they should drop the 60g to $450 then...
it has a lot more than the 40g and a few less than the 80g, if you arent into racing game, you dont need the 80g bundle with motorstorm

Posted at 8:08AM on Oct 18th 2007 by coplice

8. meh, im not that happy now, in aus over here, the 40 gig replaced the 60 gig, and we arent getting an 80 gig... so now i have to pay an extra $100 for the ps3 coz im not trading in my ps2 anymore. oh well, now we're like on the level of BC as the 360, im pretty sure the 40 gig still plays ps1 games.

Posted at 8:13AM on Oct 18th 2007 by animekid3515

9. Wait - the US 80GB is $500 (approx. £250)? Over here in the UK, the 40GB version costs approx. $600 (£300).


Posted at 8:37AM on Oct 18th 2007 by Hyams

10. I bought a 20GB near launch. Paid $499....Do I feel bad? eh...well, the wireless would have been nice...but it's not a deal breaker...and the bigger hard drive would have been nice too...

But, I've already upgraded my 20GB to 160GB...and I have FULL backwards compatibility. Plus I've been playing for a whole year already.

Posted at 8:45AM on Oct 18th 2007 by FrankTheCrank

11. @FrankTheCrank:

Like you said you have been playing for a whole year so that is always worth a premium. Also, it seem that all of the new PS3 skus are coming with the chrome bezel so you have the rare all black PS3. Wifi rocks though but you can just use any other USB wifi card.

Posted at 9:18AM on Oct 18th 2007 by Akamaru

12. We europeans are used to wait (for everything Sony), maybe it was about time for the U.S. to do the same.

Posted at 9:21AM on Oct 18th 2007 by Jakkal

13. "We europeans are used to wait (for everything Sony), maybe it was about time for the U.S. to do the same."

This also was my first guessing about the reason for this. I think they said: "Ok, lets show them europeans, that we also let others wait"

Posted at 9:41AM on Oct 18th 2007 by minimalniemand

14. how about you let sony do their master plan... they had one for the ps1 and ps2, they both won. trust me... as always for sony, it is just a matter of time b4 it shoots past the others out of nowhere.

Posted at 10:14AM on Oct 18th 2007 by animekid3515

15. Finally I am getting a PS3 :)

Posted at 11:24AM on Oct 18th 2007 by Anghel

16. So US gets the 80gb for 500 dollar while we have the 60gb version for 500 euro. Which is being phased out too. So either they're using us to pay for your 80gb version and leave us with 40gb only in the end or they'll introduce the 80gb version here as well when 60gb stock has run out.

Posted at 11:37AM on Oct 18th 2007 by MadCowMartin

17. I'm just happy they dropped the 80gb i'm gettin' that now.

Posted at 12:58PM on Oct 18th 2007 by Random1448

18. So I don't get it the 60 Gig version is 499 and now the 80 Gig version is 499. Are they going to drop the price of the 60? My local store had a stack of 60 Gig units, how are they going to sell these?

Posted at 1:32PM on Oct 18th 2007 by scottb

19. With the Canadian dollar doing so well against the American I'm finding it hard to justify buying any electronics here.

$549 for the 60gig
$659 for the 80gig bundle
A $50 drop here is not enough.

I am hoping that Sony will drop the price to match that of the American price. I could always get one from ebay but I like to have a store backed warranty

Posted at 1:47PM on Oct 18th 2007 by Relaxiknowarchie

20. to Relax: whereabouts are you in Canada? Future Shop is selling the 80gb bundle for $499.99 with a free enchanted arms game.

Posted at 2:20PM on Oct 18th 2007 by blai

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