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Maguire explains PS3 BC loss

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377w ago - Sony UK boss Ray Maguire says that money previously invested in PlayStation 3's backwards compatibility with PS2 is better spent on new game development or helping to support hardware price cuts.

"As we come to our first Christmas with the PlayStation 3 there's going to be about 65 games in the marketplace, so we feel now that there's sufficient choice in the marketplace and that we're still better off using that money that we'd put into backwards compatibility in either investing in new games or using that money to help support bringing the price down so that people can get into the franchise," Maguire told our sister site GamesIndustry.biz in an interview due to be published on Monday.

He was speaking in light of today's news that Sony plans to launch a 40GB PlayStation 3 without backwards compatibility support on 10th October for GBP 299.

When PS3 first launched, Sony felt that backwards compatibility was an important feature as there were relatively few games for the new system, Maguire explained.

"So it was a big decision," he said of facility's removal, "and we know it is a very emotive subject as lots of people think that backwards compatibility is high on the agenda and yet few really use it."
 

PS3 price drop confirmed; 40GB pack revealed!

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377w ago - Sony unveils (Press Release) two new cut-price bundles to spearhead Christmas push in UK:

From October 10th the existing PS3 Starter Pack will be replaced by a 60GB Value Pack, boasting a fully-functioning PS3 with one SIXAXIS controller and two first party titles for £349 - a price drop of around £75.

New to the market on the same day will be the 40GB model. It will retail at £299 - the same price Xbox 360 Elite - but features only two USB 2.0 ports and no longer includes the multi memory card port. It will also lack backwards compatibility with PS2 games.

The introduction of the new PS3 is explained in Sony's statement as a result of 'user feedback from thousands of existing PS3 owners as well as research into future PS3 owners.'

It adds that the backwards compatibility was dropped because there is a 'reduced emphasis placed on this feature amongst later purchasers of PS3.'

"As we approach our very first PlayStation 3 Christmas, it is satisfying to be able to offer UK consumers the choice of two PlayStation 3 packages both now representing remarkable value," said SCE UK managing director Ray Maguire.

"We have a brand new 40GB machine that represents an excellent...
 

Sony drops price of PS3 in UK!

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377w ago - From the source: Sony will announce tomorrow that has bowed to consumer pressure by not only reducing the price of its 60GB console, but also creating a 40GB version priced at £299 to go up against the Xbox 360 Elite.

Confirmed by multiple sources in the games industry in the UK, Pocket-lint has learnt that Sony Europe will officially drop the price of the games console in the UK by £56 to £369 in an attempt to boost sales ahead of the Christmas rush.

"We are currently under strict NDA, however that NDA runs out in the next 48 hours", a retail source told Pocket-lint.

As part of the deal the newly introduced value pack, which included an extra controller and games, will be phased out, Pocket-lint has been informed by multiple sources within the industry.

"Although we aren't sure when in October it's happening we are aware that the price will drop to £369, with shops probably selling for £349, and a 40GB model launching as well to compete against the Xbox 360", a major games publisher told Pocket-lint.

In attempt to offer an even more compelling alternative to the newly launched Xbox Elite, Sony has also said it will be launching a 40GB "Core" version.

As previously rumoured, the new PS3 console will still feature the Blu-ray drive as standard,...
 

New Screenshots of PS3 Exclusive - Wardevil

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378w ago - Here are some new screenshots of Wardevil Enigma for the PS3. According to the official website a trailer will be coming "early October".
 

Rumor Crusher: Grand Theft Auto IV Out This Month

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378w ago - A few folks have been getting a bit... how shall we say this? "overexcited" about Grand Theft Auto IV. The latest rumour to do the rounds is that Rockstar's massively anticipated sandbox shooter will be out this very month. SPOnG can confirm that alas, this is not the case.

The rumor originates from Sony's UK PlayStation site, which bears the release date "October 2007" for the game. Needless to say, when SPOnG saw it we smelled a big, fat, hairy, bloated rat. The game has, after all, been very publicly pushed back from its original release date of Autumn this year.

We decided to put in a call to Rockstar on the off chance some development miracle has happened and were told, in no uncertain terms, "It's coming out in Spring next year." Sony's site, then, bears either old information or a straightforward admin error. While you wait for next year to roll around, sate your GTA appetite with a preview here.
 
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