Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sony Gears Up for Move Launch With New PS3 Bundles

Alright, it's late and I'm pooped. For your bedtime story, go read this nice SCEA press release while I jump in the shower and then collapse in a smiley heap for some pleasant dreams. From the games I tried recently, the new Move controller is a ton of fun to use so it'll be interesting to see how it moves in these new package deals with the larger hard drives and such.

PlayStation 3 (PS3) System to Feature New Higher Capacity Hard Drives in North America This Fall

New models include a 320GB PS3 Featured in the PS3 Sports Champions Move Bundle and a 160GB model PS3 Core SKU; Consumers Will Have 1/3 More Hard Drive Space to Store Games and Digital Content from PlayStation Network

Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) today announced that the PlayStation 3 (PS3) system will be offered in North America with 160GB or 320GB Hard Disk Drives (HDD), offering more capacity to download games and entertainment content from PlayStation Network along with personal digital content, such as music, photos, and videos. The new models will continue to offer the same advanced features and functions of the current models, but with approximately 33 percent more capacity and at compelling price points. This increased HDD space addresses the growing demand for the digital content offered on PlayStation Network, where more than 1 billion pieces of content have been downloaded as of July 2010.

At $299.99 (MSRP), the 160GB model PS3 system offers tremendous value to consumers and is now shipping to retailers at the same price as the existing PS3 model. As part of the September 19 launch of PlayStation Move, the new and innovative motion gaming experience that delivers precise, intuitive control, the PS3 Sports Champions Move bundle will introduce the 320GB model PS3 system along with one PlayStation Move motion controller, PlayStation Eye camera, a copy of Sports Champions, and bonus Blu-ray game demo disc all in one complete package for $399.99 (MSRP).

"With the launch of PlayStation Move just around the corner, we're expecting many new consumers to join the PlayStation® family. The PS3 Sports Champions Move bundle provides those families with everything they need to get into motion control gaming at a great value, with the 320GB model PS3 system as the centerpiece of the package," said Scott A. Steinberg, vice president of product marketing. "Also, as PlayStation Network continues to evolve with exciting new services, the hunger for digital content grows; these larger storage capacities address that demand and encourage consumers to take full advantage of the complete PS3 experience."

With more than 52 million accounts registered worldwide, PlayStation Network is fueling momentum for PS3 and providing more value to consumers. An integral part of the PS3 system's rich digital entertainment offering, PlayStation Network is the premier destination for content, with a compelling library of downloadable games, more than 23,000 HD and SD movies and TV episodes, exclusive programming, and PlayStation Home, a social game network where users can meet friends and play games. Key games launching on PlayStation Network this year include PixelJunk Shooter 2, and Dead Nation, as well as PlayStation Move titles such as echochrome ii, Tumble, and Beat Sketcher.

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