Sony Prepping PlayStation 3 Anniversary Bundle For Europe
Not having an official press release makes things a little hazy, and it doesn't help that this information comes from poorly translated details at a European gaming site. However, the picture is fairly clear, and the idea is quite plausible.
To celebrate the PlayStation 3's two-year anniversary in Europe, it seems that Sony is preparing to release a fantastic bundle for gamers who haven't yet made the next-gen leap. (source- PS3Life.nl) This package will feature the 80GB PS3, one Dual Shock 3 controller, and one copy each of Grand Theft Auto IV and Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, all for the agreeable price of 399.99 Euros. You're looking at two of the very best games of the generation - even if Prologue is technically a "demo" - and titles you would most certainly want to have in your new PS3 collection. If you're wondering why they're not featuring a Killzone 2 bundle, perhaps it's because they're targeting consumers who have missed out over the past couple of years, which also means they've missed out on great stuff like GTAIV and Prologue. Besides, wouldn't you just pick up KZ2 along with this bundle, anyway? We think Sony is betting on that. As for an official announcement, we'll keep an eye out for it, and if it does arrive, it'll include an exact availability date.
Bundle packages certainly help the manufacturer to sell more consoles, and we figure that based on the included software in this particular bundle, sales ought to spike. They're already going to experience a rise due to the KZ2 release; this GTAIV/Prologue bundle is like icing on the cake.
3/5/2009 Ben Dutka