Madden NFL 11 PS3 bundle spotted - Retail Radar

Best Buy Canada lists $349 system/software collection; retailer says gridiron compilation touches down August 5.

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Earlier this week, Sony and EA Sports partnered up for a Madden NFL 11 PSP bundle, but if Best Buy's Canadian arm is to be believed, Sony's other system is bundling up for football season as well.

Best Buy Canada is listing a "PlayStation 3 250GB Madden 11 Bundle," which packs in a copy of Madden NFL 11 alongside a 250GB slim PlayStation 3 model for $349.

It's only August, but Sony and EA Sports are already bundling up.

According to the listing, the bundle is scheduled to arrive in Best Buy warehouses August 5, the same day it reportedly will go on sale.

It is unclear whether or not the Madden NFL 11 bundle will be exclusive to Canada, as Best Buy's North American Web site does not list the football package. As of press time, Sony has not responded to GameSpot's request for comment on the unofficial bundle.

Madden NFL 11 comes to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, and Wii August 10. For more on EA's latest football game, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

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48 comments
T-Machine99
T-Machine99

Man, the game is pretty much free with the console....on the other hand I need to pay $69 just for the game alone. Worth it??

shaka_fo00o
shaka_fo00o

So sweet. This deal will be here (US) tomorrow. Seriously considering picking it up now.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

Well I just wanted to let everyone know that I've been playing Madden 11 on the 360 and have encountered my first glitch. It seems to only happen when you play online 2 vs 2. when you're on offense and you try to move the left stick to scroll from pass plays to running plays it won't stop on the running plays and just move on to special teams. Anyone else having this issue with the 360 version? or ps3?

tainted_lynx
tainted_lynx

@bundesligaBM Get your facts straight. EA was the first to look at the NFL. That's because ESPN/2K were destroying them with bigger and better sports games (including NHL ones) so EA went into a hissy fit buying out exclusive licenses to certain sports leagues. EA is afraid of competition. So they try and buy it out. Don't you remember when they tried to buy out Take-Two?

hkymike
hkymike

Great deal! I can certainly see PS3 sales rising even more :) Sony is taking over

wiiplay1
wiiplay1

@3rdbass My bad, I thought it was the 120 GB model being bundled. Yeah, that's a pretty good deal for anybody looking for a PS3.

bundesligaBM
bundesligaBM

Some of you guys need to get your facts straight... NFL wanted EA not the other way around.. NFL came out a long time ago saying they wanted to exclusive up to better control the content of its league, and EA was the highest bidder... i for one have not liked some of the features in every years madden.. but no madden at all.... screw that.

hahnasty
hahnasty

That trailer is awesome. A great idea for a sports trailer that no on has ever really done before. that got me excited to try out the game.

xxsuperbananaxx
xxsuperbananaxx

@Ricochet93 EA announced at E3 their exclusive lineup for the PS3 for the rest of the year, so there would be a lot of love between to two of them.

Ricochet93
Ricochet93

@anthonycyg I can't really see how those facts are reliable, a link or source would have been helpful and restricted those thumbs downs. The way he mentions it, it's like PS3 development is restricting the use of the 360's hardware, whereas it's quite the other way around.

monson21502
monson21502

sony and EA are sleeping together again by the looks of this ps3 bundle and the psp bundle.

Ricochet93
Ricochet93

Lots of EA-Sony love going on since E3.

anthonycg
anthonycg

@Kamizuka C'mon man you really think those programmers suck? :/ They're STILL having problems with that dev pack. Why do you think they don't even bother to do the custom soundtrack workaround? Every PS3 game could have the option just as the 360 but it's such a pain to implement that they just don't do it. I think Burnout Paradise was the last game that they even tried it on and how long ago was that?

anthonycg
anthonycg

How can you people thumb down the Salarian Chemist? He puts out FACTS and the fanboys cry. Man up!! I only have a PS3 but I'm not gonna run around crying about it.

demonic_85
demonic_85

They just arrived last night at my store, but we cant sell them until August 10th. They need to fix the typo in the article.

atc-fanatic
atc-fanatic

i havent purchased a football game since nfl 2k5.never really cared for madden,but i liked mvp baseball more than ws baseball. man i wish the nfl exclusitivety would end so madden well have so competition. i guess ea was threatened so they bought out the nfl rights. and now have a monopoly on nfl sim games which in ways is illegal but not. its funny how some company would be sued for for buying out the competion to have a monopoly.

jaijames
jaijames

i bet their sales gonna drop this year

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

Gotta believe it! SONY and EA already partner up for games like Dead Space 2 and MOH anyway. Multi-platform games from EA won't look MUCH better but slightly better on PS3 than on 360, but have more additional contents imo. Since people would be really mad.

kamizuka
kamizuka

@SalarianChemist the partnership between Sony and EA as what saw from E3 indicates that EA will make multiplatform games look better on the PS3 (I dont know if they will do so to all their games) only time can tell if it looked better on the 360 it means they suck at programing (newbies). If the game looked identical means they did their programing very well. if the game looked better on the PS3 it means they prefected the programing because they programed the game for each console and used the power of the CPU, which we all know that it can do wonders

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

this week in Canada Best Buy is giving Metal Gear Solid 4 away with purchase of a 120gb- THAT is an awesome deal, because even if MGS4 only costs $30 retail, it's priceless.

Salali
Salali

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SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

@kindredmachine, You are correct that the Xbox 360 version of Madden ran at 60 frames per second while the PS3 version ran at only 30 frames per second. The reason for this is because the Xbox 360 GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) displays up to 500,000,000 polygons per second compared to the PS3 GPU which only displays up to 275,000,000 polygons per second. This means that when you look at a screenshot of the two versions, they look identical due to the fact that both games use the same number of polygons "per frame." However, when you see the game in motion it is obvious the Xbox 360 version is smoother due to a higher framerate. You are also correct that the Xbox 360 version loads much faster than the PS3 version. The reason for this is because the Xbox 360 hardware transfers game data at a rate of 16MB per second, compared to the PS3 hardware which transfers game data at a rate of 9MB per second. Even games originally designed on PS3 hardware and originally planned for "exclusive" release on the PS3 -- such as Tekken 6 -- ended up with identical graphics on both PS3 and Xbox 360, but we still saw faster load times in the Xbox 360 version. With that in mind, we really can't blame EA for things like framerates or load times. The developers are simply doing what they can with the hardware they have access to. Sony might not like it that the developers at EA go the extra mile to offer to take advantage of Xbox 360 hardware, but gamers who love the Madden series really appreciate stuff like that because it allows us to play the highest quality game possible. People who only own a PS3 might hold a little bit of a grudge against EA for offering a better version on another console, but its important to remember that the game industry is just a business and EA is doing their best to bring in revenue. There was a time when the PS3 was new and Madden 2007 didn't even let you talk online while playing in the PS3 version due to the fact that EA didn't want to support that feature since PS3 doesn't come with a headset microphone the way Xbox 360 does. At least EA listened to gamers and decided to add that feature to the PS3 version.

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

One look at the Better Business Bureau website will show exactly "why" I never purchase equipment (especially high-end electronics) from Best Buy. Over the last 36 months there have literally been tens-of-thousands of complaints officially made against Best Buy with the Better Business Bureau. I'm sure Madden 2011 will be a fine game, but I would never consider purchasing something like that from Best Buy -- I have had too many negative experiences that have affected me (and my wallet) in a personal way.

kindredmachine
kindredmachine

tsep23... sorry but you're wrong. EA has said the 360 is their leading development platform since 2009 and you see no difference... really? You might want to get some glasses because Madden 2010 ran at 60fps on the 360 and only at 30fps on the PS3 (100% confirmed by EA) and the load time on PS3 were also MUCH longer.

3rdbass
3rdbass

@wiiplay1 So you are getting the system for the same retail price and a free game $60 value.

3rdbass
3rdbass

@wiiplay1 You actually save $60 as the 250gb PS3 slim normally runs for $350.

tsep23
tsep23

PSP107, Put simply, there is a reason why the 2010 Madden Challenge was played on PS3. Not 360.

tsep23
tsep23

PSP107, Are you serious dude? In no way is that the case. As with most multiplatform games there are separate design teams for the 360 and PS3 version of Madden. I own both systems, have played every year of Madden since 1992 and have seen no difference in quality between the consoles. Nor has there been a reported difference by any review site.

chingchow48
chingchow48

@flyinghogshow See there is a huge difference in between the NFL and the CFL in the winter NFL players are arrested etc. CFL players are sub teachers etc. ohh and of course how much more difficult the CFL is then the NFL ... Larger field one less down bigger ball so its harder to throw for the quater backs 1 less man on the field. Im just saying i lost respect of the NFL with the shootings and the Rapeing and all that great stuff our kids look up too

flyinghogshow
flyinghogshow

@ chingchow48 yeah thats why all the people that struggle or aren't signed to a team in the NFL go to Canada....

LegendRyder
LegendRyder

Don't listen to chingchow48. If he honestly thinks the CFL is harder than the NFL than I would have to question his intelligence. I am Canadian and think the CFL is a joke. How could the CFL be harder when anyone of those players would go to the NFL given the chance. The NFL is where all the best players are at. The DBs in the CFL are pathetic in comparison. Which makes the pass happy league even more pass happy. There's virtually no defense. It's NOT more entertaining due to the higher scoring. P.S. No, we don't call the NFL p*ssy football. Even as a Canadian, I'm a HUGE NFL fan.

Superzone
Superzone

Cool.... but I already have a PS3.

PSP107
PSP107

The funny thing is( atleast to me)Madden this gen is design around the 360 and then ported to PS3.

Diddies
Diddies

@chingchow48 well most of the best players in the world play for the NFL. More money!!!

chingchow48
chingchow48

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Lazay727
Lazay727

So wait... it says it comes out on august 5th? you get the game 5 days early?

Tree06
Tree06

That's not bad at all.

cjasko94
cjasko94

Really though, they should have an NHL PS3 bundle for Canada :P

cjasko94
cjasko94

It's not even a deal, they tack on the game for $50 but you still got to pay that $20 or so tax.

jshaas
jshaas

Madden not sell well?!?! Really? People line up for Madden like they do for the iPhone or a new Star Wars movie. It'll sell... a lot. This bundle is great... you get free game like the good ol days!

jaijames
jaijames

we all know why they bundling because the know the game not gonna sell well

flyinghogshow
flyinghogshow

Canada likes the National Football League(NFL)????

monson21502
monson21502

thats a great deal. i paid 350 a few months ago just for the 250 gig slim alone:(

reeree746
reeree746

Looking back at it now, I wish I had gotten a PS3 instead of an Xbox.

gregpfunk
gregpfunk

It's possible they haven't listed it in the US yet due to the fact that the bundle couldn't go on sale until the 10th. The game is street dated to come out that day.