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Sony Reveals 250GB, $349 PlayStation 3 For U.S.
Sony Reveals 250GB, $349 PlayStation 3 For U.S.
October 15, 2009 | By Kris Graft

October 15, 2009 | By Kris Graft
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Sony Computer Entertainment America said Thursday that it will release a 250GB version of its slim PS3 on November 3 for $349, aimed at customers who need more space for games, movies, and other media.

The new SKU has a hard drive that is more than twice the size of the hard drive inside the recently-introduced PS3 "slim," which sports a 120GB hard drive and costs $299. The new 250GB model will have the same smaller form factor and functionality of the 120GB model, which sold 1 million units worldwide in the three weeks following its September 1 launch.

Scott Steinberg, VP of product marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America said, "The new 250GB PS3 provides consumers with another compelling hardware option and speaks to the growing consumer appetite for digital content from the PlayStation Network particularly high-def content that showcases the power of the PS3 system."

Sony said that users have downloaded over 600 million pieces of content from the PSN, which offers movies, TV shows, and games. Downloadable games set to arrive soon include PixelJunk Shooter, Gravity Crash, and Hustle Kings.

The company also said PSN has 2,300 movies, "one-third of which are available in HD format," and over 13,300 TV episodes. Upcoming movies on the service include Star Trek and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Sony announced a 250GB PS3 for Japan and Europe late last month.


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Jonathan Howland
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I can only express discontent with Sony for this brazen move.



The PS3 slim was my ticket back into the Sony camp and I had eagerly awaited for the slim as soon as it was announced. Information on THIS version would have been much more appreciated as I would not have had a problem with dropping the extra $50 for twice the hard drive.



I can only ask how many other people are regretting their hasty purchase (of the 120 model) resulting in them losing out on a superior SKU. What reasons can Sony give for such late news? Was the 250 version a last minute decision or did I inadvertently ignore the rumor mill?

Bryson Whiteman
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Really Jon? Are you serious?



Then you might as well hold off on the 250 because something tells me Sony will eventually make a PS3 with an even larger hard drive.



If the HD size is that big of a problem, you can always buy a larger one. Sheesh.

Jonathan Howland
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@ Bryson



I'm not sure what you are getting at other than you are trying to insinuate that I am whining needlesly? I apologize if my posts gives off the attitude of someone in deep dispair as that was not my intent.



Given the proximity of the two consoles' releases, I don't any reason why Sony could not have announced both SKU models, instead of waiting a very short period of time given the one difference in the two.



Aside from saving a few bucks from purchasing the new model compared to buying a bigger hard drive, I buy consoles for the convenience factor. I already spend enough time on my PC without having to worry about upgrading my PS3 (don't forget I would have to transfer all of the data from one HD to the new one). Frankly, that extra space is rather important as I do plenty of downloading, be it game demos, PSN games, or movies. I could really go on, but it would probably be lost on you given how you apparently skimmed my original post (how can I hold off on what I'm not buying anyways?)



If Im not mistaken, 120 gb hard drives are actually about the same price as the 250 gb (depending on what manufaturer Sony goes to) so, in the end, it's Sony's loss.

Bryson Whiteman
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To me, it seems like they needed time to manufacture these 250gb units. In addition to that, it would've been a much more confusing launch if they introduced 2 new SKUs simultaneously. Also, they wouldn't be able to be so passionate about that sweet "PS3 is now $299" salespitch.



If they would've announced it a month ago, there wouldn't have been as large of an explosion in sales.



Given that Sony just sold a bazillion PS3s in September, I don't see how they're at a loss.

Danny Pampel
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I think both Sony & Microsoft are being really stupid with these multiple SKUs. If you look at who is really buying the hardware, you're just making it easier for Nintendo to keep outselling you both.



If it was gamers buying the hardware then Nintendo would have shut up shop this generation. The real money is in mom and dad's wallets. If you go into a store and see 3 or 4 different SKUs for Xbox 360 (Arcade, Pro, Elite, maybe the COD SKU, heck might even be some other limited ones around) all at different prices, you then see the PS3 (Fat, Slim, 120GB, 250GB) all at different prices and then you see a Wii with one price and maybe a bundle with some extra games and stuff (no Wii Elite or Wii Pro or Wii Slim), where would you see the value?



Sony did the right thing letting their user's upgrade the hard drive but I've lost count of the amount of SKUs they've had out. I personally bought the 40GB with backwards compatibility as they were phasing it out and I wanted backwards compatibility. Likewise Microsoft with 20GB, 60GB, 120GB and looks like they're going for a 250GB bundle also, different colors yada yada. The more choice you give people the harder that decision is for the uninformed masses. If you're even slightly technically competent you've helped out a friend or a family member with something at some point and you should know that echnology is confusing for a lot of people. They can't tell what the difference is between all these packages but the price and the name, and sure as hell half the guys at Best Buy don't know and can't tell them.



One hardware SKU for PS3, one SKU for Xbox 360 and one SKU for Wii, simple. If different chains want to have different bundles (as they do) then this is fine, package it with Batman and a guitar, who cares, it is still the same hardware. As a user I should be able to pick up either one of those boxes, know I had the latest and greatest and then take it home, plug in and play. Let me as a consumer buy add-ons such as larger hard drives, extra controllers etc.

Alan Rimkeit
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@Danny Pampel -



Let's all be honest and admit that one of the key reason that the Wii sold so well is that it was way cheaper than either the 360 or the PS3. Sure the Wiimote attracted attention. But in reality do you really think that the Wii would have sold as well as it has had it been $400? Nintendo could have charged that much. The Wii would have sold terribly had they done so. I contend that price was the #1 reason that the Wii sold so well.



Another point, as a consumer I appreciate companies like Microsoft and Sony giving us a choice as to what configuration I want to purchase in a console. I don't think it has created any confusion among consumers at all. The 360 has sold tens of millions of units and it has always had multiple SKU's. This new SKU for the PS3 will only give more room for choice among consumers with more cash to spend.

zed zeek
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[quote]Let's all be honest and admit that one of the key reason that the Wii sold so well is that it was way cheaper than either the 360 or the PS3.[/quote]

yes thats why the $199 xbox360 has been outselling the $249 wii for these last few months. oh wait...

Adam Bishop
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There are dozens (hundreds?) of varieties of TVs available. There are dozens (hundreds?) of varieties of stereos available. There are thousands of configurations of computers available. Yet consumers who can pick out a TV or a stereo just fine suddenly became overloaded when faced with 3 console SKUs? I don't buy it.

Danny Pampel
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@Adam and neither did they..

A W
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Heh, I bought a 250gig HDD for my PS3 about 2 years ago. The model was a 40gig. My grip would be why kill off the 80gig only to later sale a slim 120gig and 250gig? Talk about genius marketing strategies.

Atte Kotiranta
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@Jonathan: I got my PS3 slim with intent to purchase larger HD. I'm looking at the prices I would pay for 250GB HD, currently it's less than $100 to get me one. Most likely I will spend a bit over $100 and I can get 500GB. Perhaps I wait a year or so, because I'm not able to fill up this 120GB yet. Best thing about PS3 hard drive is that it can be changed easily.

Eddie Vertigo
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People everywhere were demanding a hundred dollar price drop for the longest time. Had PS3 dropped the price by only fifty bucks (despite the extra storage space), people would have complained. This way, people got what they wanted, and they now have a bonus choice; buy a cheaper console, or spend extra money on extra goods.



For everyone to assume that people would easily pay an extra fifty bucks for a better console wouldn't be that accurate, because some would argue that the PS3 originally cost more than the competition because it was a better console (which is debatable, I'm not here to start a fanboy war).



The bottomline is Sony is a company; companies need to make money. The more options you give to the consumer, the more likely they'll find what's appropriate for their lifestyle and wallet, thereby allowing them to buy the services and goods you're offering.


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