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Sony Announces $150 No Blu-ray PS3, Downloadable Games

  You may have heard about a new FCC approval Sony was awarded. We reported on it yesterday morning, and we began to speculate what the new SKU could be. It it the Ceramic White PS3? Perhaps the Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 bundle? Nope, it's neither. Sony has officially announced that the on-going rumors of a PlayStation 3 machine without a Blu-ray drive are true.

   On August 12, Sony will launch a PlayStation 3 that will retail for $149.99. Again, this unit will not feature a Blu-ray drive, and if you're wondering how you play games on it, Sony has a simple explanation for you. "The broadband world has expanded considerably," says Aperelli Doorichka, Public Relations Coordinator for SCEI, "nearly 85% of our PlayStation Network users and PlayStation 3 owners access the internet via high-speed cable or high-speed DSL service."

   "After extensive research, and witnessing the immense success of full-fledged downloadable games like Warhawk and Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, Sony will be launching a PlayStation 3 unit that'll allow owners to download a catalog of all currently available PlayStation 3 games via PlayStation Network. It's just one of many ways that Sony offers gamers the ability to pick and choose what suits them best."

   Sony goes on to explain that the newly launched/redesigned PlayStation Network will boast an infrastructure that is far more advanced than their competitor's, allowing all broadband users to take advantage of their connections, quoting download speeds at a minimum of 1MB per sec (many DSL users will fall into this range), and as high as 30MB for those with blazing fast connections such as Verizon FIOS, and so on.

   As far as file sizes will go, Sony cites Gran Turismo 5 Prologue as an example of what they can achieve. Where as the game takes up 6GB on a Blu-ray disc, it is only a 2GB download from the PlayStation Store. How the downsizing happens is simple: the developers leave the videos off of the main download, and instead give you the option of downloading them or streaming them later on. Additionally, "padded space" is also removed, which helps tremendously. In case you're wondering, padded space is filler placed on a disc to help improve load times for a game, obviously it's unnecessary when a game runs off a hard drive.

   Sony says that aside from the Blu-ray drive, this PlayStation 3 SKU will boast all of the features of the 80GB model, including the 80GB hard drive (which can be upgraded, of course), the card readers, USB ports, and so on. Lastly, in the event that you lose a game, would like to delete a game, or the file is corrupted, Sony will keep a record of everything you purchase, and will allow you to re-download anything that you lose.

4/1/2008 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (27 posts)

John Shoemaker
Monday, March 31, 2008 @ 11:53:33 PM
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This has to be April Fooled.
This is terrible.

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Cheysan
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 12:11:24 AM

yup

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OtisFeelgood
Monday, March 31, 2008 @ 11:57:58 PM
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lol I agree John.

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PSN _HAITIAN_JB
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 12:01:49 AM
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Lol!

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Alex
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 12:22:02 AM
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Haha yeah that was worse than FF7 remake

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Ed_Wayne
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 12:38:08 AM
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LOL no way it could be only $150 even if it didn't have blu-ray. APRIL FOOLS!

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pavlovic
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 12:41:24 AM
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Happy April's fool

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PaiNT_kinG
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 1:24:36 AM
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definitely april fools,lol

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NetheRealm
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 1:28:19 AM
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sounds entirely plausible potentially a big seller so the rest of us wasted $450 on a blu ray player damn

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Zapix
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 1:54:23 AM
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"this PlayStation 3 SKU will boast all of the features of the 80GB model, including the 80GB hard drive"

rofl, no kidding, the 80gb model will have an 80gb harddrive? Nowai!

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fatchad420
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 3:28:53 AM
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learn2growup

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dillonthebunny
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 4:03:14 AM
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lol.. very amusing.

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dillonthebunny
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 5:02:56 AM
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on a side note, this is obviously April Fools.. but this is actually what Microsoft is thinking of doing!

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ThePoetRazel
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 5:29:14 AM
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It would mean more dlc on the network of course. So could have been good news for ps3 users alround.
But no real story this nutty would be reported today. lol

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Minishmaru
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 7:52:40 AM
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Lol because of this and that cruel FFVII remake joke...I am NEVER ever visiting this site or even commenting on it EVER again...

APRIL FOOLS!...there how do you like it? sobs!!! ;-)

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Minishmaru
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 7:55:40 AM
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btw...I totally hate April 1st...

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smotpoker420
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 8:39:52 AM
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awww... this is gunna be a long day.. I need some coffee!

btw stop making different models sony it's bad business, just work on making the interface better and lets see some in game XMB!

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Mystearica
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 10:21:06 AM
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LOL - I think psxextreme staff are very creative!!

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K Phantom
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 11:14:57 AM
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This morning....i was calm... then i get the news letter....I WENT NUTS, if this isn't real! I'll sue u guys, hahaha april fools! how does that feel? not good i bet!

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Grillingrail
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 1:28:28 PM
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Sigh, PSX You crazy devils...

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Gravelight
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 3:29:46 PM
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No way would Sony do that. Gots ta be a joke. I mean come on, really. Only 80GB and you gotta download your games. What about people that have already bought and pre-ordered games on blu-ray? Some people don't even have access to the internet and just wanna play. Someone's a big fat phony. LoL.

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Bugzbunny109
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 5:09:45 PM
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lol

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VICVANCE2011
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 10:34:03 PM
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Its not an april fools. Use google and see for yourself. Its on the OFFICIAL SONY site. And we all know that SONY doesnt have a sense of humor.

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Dena81
Friday, April 04, 2008 @ 12:34:48 PM

I've been checking and I do not see this on the official site.

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VICVANCE2011
Monday, April 07, 2008 @ 5:41:41 PM

Dena81, It appears that sony DOES have a sense of humor. Huh, who knew?

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tramp
Wednesday, April 02, 2008 @ 5:33:11 PM
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on be-half of everyone im going to say"shut the fuck up vic"

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VICVANCE2011
Friday, April 04, 2008 @ 11:58:26 AM
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wow. that means a lot coming from somebody with the name "tramp." Why is it that no one can say anything anymore without someone flaming them? Its people like you that make these sites suck.

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