A new 40GB entry level PS3 model will launch in Europe next week, on October 10th, with a £299 (~US$630) price tag.
According to Sony, the new PS3 was adjusted to the recommendations of thousands of PS3 owners as well as potential owners. Instead of four USB 2.0 ports, it has two. It also no longer has a multi memory card port. Sony reminds that both can be added through aftermarket accessories.
David Reeves, President of SCEE: “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.”
The new model has also lost backwards compatibility, “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.”
This 40GB model is obviously an attempt to gain some ground on the competition during the fast approaching holiday season. And with a total of 65 titles available this year, who knows, Sony just might achieve some of their goals.