updated 01:20 pm EDT, Mon September 10, 2007
Sony 40GB PS3 Rumor
Sony is planning a new, relatively low-cost Playstation 3 designed specifically to tackle the price gap between the Blu-Ray console and Microsoft's $350 Xbox 360, according to an unverified report from a historically reliable source at Ars Technica. In addition to an expected price cut that would bring the new 80GB PS3 down from $600 to $500 once existing supplies of the 60GB are exhausted, the console maker would release a 40GB version for $400 -- the lowest price yet for the system and a $100 price difference versus the launch console of November 2006. Either the 80GB model or both would also come packed with a Blu-Ray copy of Spider-Man 3 as an incentive, the leak claims.
No details were given about any hardware changes to the PS3 aside from the reduced storage, suggesting that it may otherwise remain equal to the 60GB and 80GB versions. The now discontinued 20GB model removed Wi-Fi networking as well as the multi-format card reader to reach its $500 price. A timetable for the price cut was not part of the alleged new update, though the cut would arrive in time for this holiday and could take effect as early as the Tokyo Game Show, which begins September 20th.