GamesCom: Sony To Reveal New PSN And Firmware Update 3.0?
If you thought E3 was big, you may want to pay attention to the upcoming GamesCom event in Cologne, Germany. The more we hear, the more it seems as if Sony is prepared to unleash a barrage of huge announcements.
First of all, we can apparently expect a PlayStation 3 price drop along with the official revealing of the PS3 Slim, and there's a further possibility of a price drop for the initial retail tag affixed to the PSP Go (which currently sits at $249.99). But according to PSInsider, the big news won't stop there: one rumor says Sony will lift the veil on something "for the first time," and evidently, that "something" is the snazzy new PlayStation Network we've been hearing about. As the "inside source" states, this should coincide with the release of firmware update 3.0, which should be fully detailed at Sony's press conference on August 18. There's a good chance we'll see premium features we've never had before, and in addition, let's not forget about that supposed "P.S. Thanks" rewards program Sony presumably has waiting in the hopper. At this point, we'd be happy with a PS3 price cut but perhaps we'll get a whole lot more than we bargained for; perhaps Sony will make announcements that will undoubtedly give them the edge this holiday season. Don't forget the impending software, either.
This is one of those times where we have to be careful about all the rumors and speculation floating around out there. The bottom line is that none of this is official...but it seems damn certain that at least some of it will be true. Cross your fingers...
8/9/2009 Ben Dutka