Games: Playstation 3

New PLAYSTATION 3 Model to Take Holiday Season by Storm

- Aggressively Priced Hardware and a Terrific Software Line-up Make for an Unbeatable Combination

- New 40GB PS3 at EUR399

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) announced details of its exciting new PLAYSTATION (R) 3 (PS3 (TM)) model that will launch throughout the SCEE territories on 10th October 2007 at the highly attractive price of EUR399.

Providing an incredibly appealing entry point to the world of High Definition gaming and entertainment for the holiday season, the new PS3 brings the next generation of interactive home entertainment to homes all across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australasia.

Along with an ever expanding line-up of PS3 titles (a total of 65 titles tracking across all genres by Christmas), the new PS3 is equipped with a 40GB HDD and includes all the features central to the High Definition entertainment experience; true next generation gameplay, stunning High Definition Blu-ray Disc (TM) movies, SIXAXIS(TM) wireless controller, Wi-Fi and HDMI connectivity, all powered by the Cell Broadband Engine (TM), the digital heart of PS3.

As with the 60GB PS3, the new PS3 features upgradeable firmware allowing new features and functionality to be added to the system as time progresses. A recent firmware update, for example, enabled PS3 to upscale DVD's played on the system to full 1080P High Definition.

The introduction of the new PS3 has been determined following user feedback from thousands of existing PS3 owners as well as research into future potential PS3 owners. The new model features two USB 2.0 ports rather than four and no longer includes the multi memory card port.

The new model is no longer backwards compatible with PlayStation(R)2 titles, reflecting both the reduced emphasis placed on this feature amongst later purchasers of PS3, as well as the availability of a more extensive line-up of PS3 specific titles (a total of 65 titles across all genres by Christmas).

The existing Starter Pack(i), comprising a 60GB PS3 with extensive backwards compatibility, an additional SIXAXIS wireless controller and two first party titles will be reduced in price to EUR499. Remaining on sale while stocks last, the 60GB model represents outstanding value for the keen gamer wishing to upgrade to the High Definition capabilities of PS3.

"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 David Reeves, President of SCEE. "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. PS3 has always been the device of choice for the discerning gamer and entertainment seeker, and the new PS3 is more than ever the perfect High Definition entertainment system.

(i) In the UK and Ireland, the Starter Pack will be replaced by a separate in-store promotion on the 60GB PS3.

PLAYSTATION (R) 3 40GB Specification

Product name PLAYSTATION(R)3

CPU Cell Broadband Engine(TM) Processor

GPU RSX(TM)
Sound Dolby 5.1ch, DTS 5.1ch , LPCM 7.1ch, AAC,
others (a) (b)
Memory 256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
HDD 2.5" Serial ATA 40GB
I/O USB 2.0 x2
Communication Ethernet x1 (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)
IEEE 802.11 b/g Included
Bluetooth 2.0 Included (EDR)
Wireless controller Included (Bluetooth)
AV Output Screen size 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
HDMI OUT x1 (c)
AV MULTI OUT x1
DIGITAL OUT x1
(OPTICAL)
BD/DVD/CD Maximum Read BD 2x (BD-ROM)
Drive Speed
DVD 8x (DVD-ROM) (Read Only)
CD 24x (CD-ROM) Approximately 325mm (W) x 98mm (H) x 274mm (D)
Weight Approximately 5 kg

(a) A device compatible with Linear PCM 7.1 Ch. is required to output 7.1 Ch. audio, supported by Dolby TrueHD or a similar format, from the HDMI OUT connector.
(b) This system does not support output from the DTS-HD 7.1 Ch. DTS-HD 7.1 Ch. audio is output from a 5.1 or lower channel.
(c) "Deep Color" and "x.v.Color (xvYCC)" defined by HDMI ver1.3a are supported.

About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PLAYSTATION(R)3, PlayStation(R)2 and PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable) software and hardware in 102 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE also develops, publishes, markets and distributes entertainment software for these formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for the formats in these territories.

Since the launch of PLAYSTATION 3 in Europe on 23 March 2007 and the end of March 2007 over 1.6 million units have been shipped across the SCEE territories, over 5.5 million globally. Between its European debut on 24th November 2000 and the end of March 2007, over 44 million PlayStation 2 consoles have been shipped across the SCEE territories, over 117 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history. Between its European debut on 1st September 2005 and the end of March 2007, over 8 million PSP systems have been shipped across the SCEE territories, with over 25 million shipped worldwide since its Japanese launch in December 2004.

PLAYSTATION, PlayStation and the PlayStation logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. PS3, SIXAXIS and PSP are trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "Dolby" is a trademark of Dolby Laboratories. "DTS" is a trademark of Digital Theatre Systems, Inc. "HDMI" is a trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC. "Blu-ray Disc" is a trademark. "Bluetooth" is a trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

(c)2007 Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved. Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Source: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd
LONDON, October 5/PRNewswire/ --

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PlayStation 3 (60GB)

• Games will use Blu-ray discs as media format
• Features a powerful Cell processor and a dynamic RSX graphics chip
• Completely backward compatible, all the way to the original Sony PlayStation
• Built-in Wi-Fi access for easy connection to gaming services and the Internet

As DVD playback made the PlayStation 2 more than just a game machine, hefty multi-media features make the Sony PlayStation 3 an even more versatile home entertainment machine. Features such as video chat, Internet access, digital photo viewing, and digital audio and video will likely make it the central component of your media set-up. Still, it is first and foremost a game console--a powerful one at that.

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The PS3 features IBM's "Cell" processor and a co-developed Nvidia graphics processor that makes the system able to perform two trillion calculations per second. That's approximately 320 times more calculations per second than the PS2. Along with the traditional AV and composite connections, it also boasts an HDMI port, which delivers uncompressed, unconverted digital picture and sound to compatible high-definition TV and projectors. The system is capable of 128-bit pixel precision and 1080p resolution for a full HD experience.

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