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

    FOSTER CITY, CA, Oct. 18 /CNW/ - 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
                    (EDR)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Wireless        (Bluetooth)       Included
     controller
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    AV Output       Screen size       480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
                    ---------------------------------------------------------
                    HDMI OUT          x1 (*)(3)
                    ---------------------------------------------------------
                    AV MULTI OUT      x1
                    ---------------------------------------------------------
                    DIGITAL OUT       x1
                     (OPTICAL)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    BD/DVD/CD       Maximum Read      BD 2x (BD-ROM)
     Drive (Read    Speed             DVD 8x (DVD-ROM)
     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
           supported.
    

    About Sony Computer Entertainment America

    Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the
entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation(R) and PS one(R) game console,
the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the PSP(R)
(PlayStation(R)Portable) system, the ground-breaking PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM))
computer entertainment system and its online and network services the
PLAYSTATION(R)Network and PLAYSTATION(R)Store.
    Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment
America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops,
publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console, the
PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, PLAYSTATION 3 and the PSP system
for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer
Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American
operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment
Inc.
    Visit us on the Web at http://www.us.playstation.com

    "PlayStation", "PLAYSTATION", "PSP", "PS one" and the "PS" Family logo
    are registered trademarks and "PS3" and "SIXAXIS" are trademarks of Sony
    Computer Entertainment Inc.

    Spider-Man 3, the movie(C) 2006 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. All
    rights reserved.

    Spider-Man Character (R) & (C) 2006 Marvel Characters, Inc. All rights
    reserved.





For further information:

For further information: Kyle Moffatt - (416) 791-4060,
Kyle_moffatt@playstation.sony.com

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