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Industry Mole Says PS3 & XBox 360 Price Drops Coming This Fall

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272w ago - According to Arstechnica's favorite inside source, a price drop is coming to both the Sony PS3 and Microsoft XBox 360 consoles this fall.

To quote: Since we can't name the source, we're treating all this information as rumor, but the Mole's reputation in the industry for breaking large stories and outstanding track record for accuracy speaks for itself.

The 80GB model is going to see some serious hardware constraints in the weeks ahead, and retailers have about 60 days worth of inventory before the systems will become hard to find. Expect to see many more 160GB units on store shelves.

Those units have no constraints yet, but if the retailers sell through that supply as quickly as they did the 80GB, Sony is in a good place for the final part of its plan in 2009: dropping the price of hardware and launching the PS3 Slim in the fall.

Expect the Xbox 360 Pro to disappear in July or August, but you're going to see some solid bundles to get those systems moving off store shelves. The Halo 3/Fable 2 bundle the Mole previously tipped us off to shows that Microsoft is willing to put some good games into the box to get people buying.

So what are we going to do without...
 

Alleged PS3 Slim Details Leaked, Forecasted to Arrive This Fall

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273w ago - It is real. As previously reported, according to Super_Secret the 'PS3 Slim' is a PS3 that's been cut down as much as physically possible without preventing the loss of playback of any existing PS3 title out there.

It still has Blu-ray, it still has wireless, it still has bluetooth and it still has gigabit ethernet. "OtherOS" support has been removed.
You still get 2 USB ports.

Hard drive sizes will be bigger, it will come in 120Gb and 250Gb flavors. It's still replaceable and will actually be slightly easier as it has been relocated to the front of the console.

It will NOT have any "new" features, such as backwards compatibility or enhanced peripheral support. It's just a PS3, but slightly smaller and cheaper. The power supply is still internal, but a different power cable will be used.

Rear ports are still the same: 1x HDMI, 1x Sony AV port, 1x Optical, 1x Ethernet. And of course a power port. Release date and official announcement are not final.

Price is undetermined, but make no mistake, this is a "slimmed" PS3 in every sense of the word. It's as cheap as can possibly be, so expect it to launch with a smaller price tag than what you're paying...
 

Speculation: Sony's PlayStation Phone to Arrive This Fall?

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273w ago - Wondering how long you'll have to wait until you can play PlayStation games on a certain phone? How does this fall sound? Below is what is known to date:

•Sony refused Sony Ericsson rights to use the brand name 'PlayStation' for a PSP Phone they were planning to make.
•The new Sony Ericsson Satio can run PlayStation games.
•The Sony Ericsson Satio was revealed at the Red Dot Museum in Singapore.
• The Sony Ericsson Satio is expected to be released this fall worldwide and will have downloadable applications available so it will also be a huge contender to the iPhone.
•It was revealed that the phone could run PlayStation games when Hirokazu Ishizuka, Sony Ericsson's Corporate Vice President and Head of Asia Pacific Region said in the announcement:

"I think we are very confident of our own solution- entertainment unlimited. Not only music entertainment experience but also imaging, cyber-shot technology and we have a 12.1 megapixels camera.
 

PSP Receives LBP, Gran Turismo, New Metal Gear This Fall?

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276w ago - The biggest surprise so far at E3 hasn't come from either the Wii or Xbox 360.

Instead, the PSP has stolen the limelight with announcements that LittleBigPlanet Portable, Gran Turismo and even a new Metal Gear game may be on the way.

John Koller (Director of Hardware Marketing) unveiled the titles and also speculated that a release could be due this Fall.

He also stated "This should definitely come as exciting news for PlayStation fans, as another portable Metal Gear would be quite the system-seller for Sony's new PSP."

Although no solid details are given, perhaps the mysterious Kojima countdown timer is connected with the new portable Metal Gear. Only time will tell.
 

Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron Hits PSP and NDS this Fall

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277w ago - Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron will launch this fall on the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS, as announced today by LucasArts.

The game will follow the story of X2, a Force-sensitive clone trooper created from the DNA of a Jedi Master. After experiencing troll's remorse and joining the Rebellion, X2 eventually comes into conflict with his evil clone brother X1.

The game includes a special "Heroes and Villains" mode where you can play as classic Star Wars characters like Luke Skywalker and Boba Fett as well as characters from Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

Players will now also be able to fight on multiple levels. You can stay on the ground and fight on foot or commandeer a vehicle. You can even take the fight to space and do battle on capital ships.

Here's an overview of the different features found in the game's PSP and DS versions:

•deep customization options lets you dictate the weapons they carry into battle, the armor they wear on their backs, their species, gender, appearance and physical strengths including hundreds of unlockable items and bonuses
•16-player multiplayer matches complete with enhanced stat tracking
•12 campaign levels
•class-based gameplay lets you take advantage of...
 
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