$399 PlayStation 3 Rumors Gain Momentum

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The non-stop rumors of a $399 PlayStation 3, which recently gained steam with the apparent uncovering of a new PS3 model, show no signs of slowing as more and more evidence mounts.

Earlier today, UK game retailer Play.com supposedly had a listing for a PlayStation 3 packed with a 40GB hard drive. The page has since been removed, but is said to have indicated that the cheaper SKU would lack the backwards compatibility of the existing PS3 models. If true, it would be a curious omission, especially since the recent $599 80GB PS3 MotorStorm bundle uses software, not hardware, to emulate older titles.

Apparent internal Best Buy documents acquired by Engadget also show a $399 PlayStation 3, described in the page as "PS3 40GB SPIDER" with an in-stock date of October 28. This would fit with earlier rumblings of a new unit packed with the Blu-ray edition of this summer's cinematic success Spider-Man 3, which officially hits October 30.

Meanwhile, Kotaku has a picture said to be from BluraySavings.com, listing the same new PS3 model number as the FCC listing--CECHG01--as one of the purchases eligible for five free Blu-ray movies. Of course, the current page does not mention any specific PS3 model numbers.

While nothing thus far indicates the new PS3 model and the $399 40GB unit are one in the same, there is an overwhelming amount of buzz and supposed evidence that something is going on. Coupled with GamePro France's report that Sony is planning a major announcement or conference for October 12, all signs point to something happening soon, though there has been no official word or response on the matter.

From The Chatty

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    October 2, 2007 12:32 PM

    If true, the $399 price point is where I jump in. It'll be a Blu Ray player first, games second.

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      October 2, 2007 12:58 PM

      You should have done the SonyStyle deal a month ago. Mine cost $380 after rebate new.

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        October 2, 2007 4:16 PM

        I just got in on that as well. 60gb PS3 + 5 movies for that price is a great deal.

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        October 2, 2007 6:30 PM

        dang that would have been sweet. Usual $600 and $220 mail in rebate?

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          October 3, 2007 5:44 AM

          No. The system was a 60GB (with hardware backwards compatibility) for $499.

          You had to apply for and buy the system on a SonyStyle credit card (with 12 months no interest) and they automatically gave you a $150 credit for your first purchase over some amount (a PS3 was more than enough to qualify). With $30 shipping charge, the console cost $380.

          Some people balked because according to the smallprint on the site, the credit was supposed to take 10-12 weeks before being applied, but I figured I'd just pay $380 and since the card was no interest for 12 months if I had to wait for the credit, it wouldn't cost me anything.

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      October 2, 2007 2:52 PM

      Exactly. I cannot watch these damn DVD's after seeing a few BD titles in 1080p anymore!