Sony Computer Entertainment America Announces New 40GB Playstation(R)3 (PS3(TM)) Configuration and Price Reduction Of Current 80GB Model

New 40GB Model to be Available in North America on November 2nd for $399;

Effective Immediately, 80GB PS3 to be Priced at $499

Oct 18, 2007, 01:00 ET from Sony Computer Entertainment America

    FOSTER CITY, Calif., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sony Computer
 Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) today announced plans to introduce a new
 40GB model of its PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system.
 Beginning November 2nd, to further enhance the HD entertainment experience,
 the new 40GB PS3 model will come bundled with the blockbuster movie
 Spider-Man(TM) 3 Blu-ray Disc(TM) (BD) from Sony Pictures Home
 Entertainment, and will be available in North America for a suggested
 retail price of $399 (USD/CND). The company also announced that effective
 immediately, the current 80GB PS3 model will be available in North America
 for $499 (USD/CND), $100 below the original launch price.
     "We're pleased to offer the consumer a lower price point without
 sacrificing the core technology components that make PS3 the most advanced
 high-definition entertainment system available. Every PS3 comes with a
 Blu-ray drive, HDMI output, an integrated Wi-Fi connection, Cell Broadband
 Engine and a built-in hard-drive," said Jack Tretton, President and CEO,
 SCEA. "This holiday season we'll be able to offer attractive retail pricing
 with a broad portfolio of outstanding games including Ratchet & Clank(R)
 Future: Tools of Destruction(TM), THE EYE OF JUDGMENT(TM), Uncharted:
 Drake's Fortune(TM), Heavenly Sword(TM), Call of Duty(R) 4: Modern Warfare,
 Assassin's Creed(TM), Haze(TM) and RockBand(TM)."
     The new 40GB PS3 will no longer play PlayStation(R)2 titles, reflecting
 the availability of a more extensive line-up of PS3 specific titles.
 Consumers looking for backwards compatibility can take advantage of the
 limited PlayStation 2 backwards compatibility of the 80GB PS3.
     PLAYSTATION(R)3 40GB Specification
     Product name                     PLAYSTATION(R)3
     CPU                              Cell Broadband Engine(TM) (Cell/B.E.)
     GPU                              RSX(TM)
     Sound                            Dolby 5.1ch, DTS 5.1ch , LPCM 7.1ch, AAC,
                                      others *1 *2
     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
     Wireless controller (Bluetooth)  Included
     AV Output     Screen size        480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
                   HDMI OUT           x1 *3
                   AV MULTI OUT       x1
                   DIGITAL OUT        x1
     BD/DVD/CD     Maximum Read Speed BD 2x (BD-ROM)
     Drive                            DVD 8x (DVD-ROM)
     (Read Only)                      CD 24x (CD-ROM)
     Dimensions                       Approximately 12.75in(W) x 3.86in (H) x
                                      10.8in (D)
     Weight                           Approximately 11 lbs
     *1 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.
     *2 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.
     *3 "Deep Color" and "x.v.Color (xvYCC)" defined by HDMI ver1.3a are
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