Today in Cologne, Sony announced that the PlayStation 3 will recieve a price cut in Europe from August 18th.
The new price reductions are as follows: the 160GB model will now have a RRP of £199 (originally £249) and the 320 GB model will cost just £249 (orignally £299). Check out the full press release below –
SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT SETS NEW PRICE
PlayStation®3 Available at an Attractive New Price of £199, Effective Immediately for North America and Europe, and Starting August 18 for Japan
Tokyo, August 17, 2011 – Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) today announced that the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment system with 160GB hard disk drive (HDD), currently available at a recommended retail price (RRP) of £249 will be available at a very attractive new RRP of £199 in the UK. SCE will also reduce the price of the PS3® system with 320GB HDD, currently available at a RRP of £299 to RRP of £249 in the UK. The new pricing will be immediately effective for North America and Europe/PAL territories, and starting August 18, 2011 for Japan.
Since its release in 2006, PS3 has gained tremendous support from fans around the world and its cumulative worldwide sales reached a milestone of 50 million units as of March 29, 2011. Equipped with future proof cutting-edge technologies including the sophisticated processors, Cell Broadband EngineTM and RSX®, as well as the Blu-ray discTM (BD) player and HDMI terminal, PS3 has continuously enhanced its value to consumers through system software updates to support new features and services including stereoscopic 3D content playback and support for the PlayStation®Move motion controller. With the breadth and depth of services and content available for the PS3 system, including its impressive BD software line-up and the expansive portfolio of more than 60,000 games and video content*1 available on PlayStation®Network, the new price will make the platform more accessible than ever and will appeal to a wider audience looking to buy the best entertainment system for their home.
With strong support from software developers and publishers, as of June 30, 2011, the worldwide cumulative number of BD software titles for the PS3 system exceeds 2,495 titles and downloadable PS3 games available on PlayStation®Store exceeds 3,100 titles*2. Of these titles, more than 120 titles*3 are stereoscopic 3D supported and 200 titles*3 are PlayStation Move dedicated or supported. In addition to this extensive software title line-up, exciting and attractive new titles are expected to be released from software developers and publishers as well as from SCE Worldwide Studios, including FIFA 12 and Battlefield 3TM from Electronic Arts, GoldenEye 007: Reloaded from Activision, Assassin’s Creed Revelations from Ubisoft, Resistance® 3, The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One and Uncharted 3: Drake’s DeceptionTM from SCE and more.
The PS3 system provides free access to PlayStation Network and its growing portfolio of marquee entertainment services for streaming hi-def movies, TV shows and music. In Europe and the PAL region, these services include Vidzone, Mubi, Lovefilm, a whole host of catch up TV channels, and many more. PlayStation Network also features unique and compelling downloadable content and exclusive games, including the critically-acclaimed PixelJunk series and the highly anticipated Journey, to ensure PS3 customers always have amazing entertainment experiences at their fingertips.
Through these price reductions, the upcoming line-up of blockbuster software titles for the PS3 system and the industry’s strongest offering of entertainment services, SCE will continue to expand the PS3 platform and deliver a world of computer entertainment that is only possible on PlayStation.
*1 As of the end of July 2011. The number includes downloadable PS3 games, game demos and video content. The number does not include PSP content, game add-on or themes.
*2 As of the end of July 2011. Number of downloadable PS3 games including classics. The number does not include game demos.
*3 As of the end of July 2011.