Sony announced at Gamescom in Germany last night that it will be bringing out a new budget version of the PSP as well as slashing the prices on its PlayStation 3 models.
First let’s look at the budget handheld console, called the PSP E-1000. It will retain most of the features of the original PSP except for Wi-Fi connectivity. However those missing the Wi-Fi will be able to get over the loss when they discover that the PSP E-1000 will cost only €99 when launched later this autumn.
With the PS Vita launch pushed back to 2012 everywhere expect Japan, Sony will be hoping this budget device will keep customers happy for the time being. The only snag is that the PSP E-1000 is not coming to the US, so customers there will just have to wait a bit longer for the Vita.
Externally, the PSP E-1000 has been given a bit of a makeover with the same matte finish as the PS3 Slim. While users won’t be able to download games directly, PlayStation Store titles will be playable but will have to be downloaded via Sony’s desktop-based Media Go software.
No exact UK price or release date has been announced yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as they let us know.
Moving on to the PS3, and Sony also used the Gamescom press conference to announce a price cut to both versions of its console. Effective immediately, Sony has cut the price of the 160GB version of the PS3 to €249 in Europe, $249 in the US and ¥24,980 in Japan – a markdown of around $50.
Further to that, the 320GB version will now cost $300 in the US, €300 in Europe and ¥29,980 in Japan. In North America, customers will be able to purchase a limited edition inFAMOUS bundle including a 320 GB PlayStation 3, a copy of inFAMOUS 2 and a 30-day membership to PlayStation Plus, all for just $299 – which seems like a good deal to us. No word on whether this bundle will be available elsewhere yet.
Obviously the price cuts to the PSP and the PS3 are welcome but for most Sony and gaming fans in general, it is the PS Vita and PS4 which will be of a lot more interest.
Source: PlayStation Blog