TGS 2009: House of PlayStation lays out plans for Final Fantasy XIII pack-in, two new DualShock 3 colors, PSP RooM, and downloadable comics.
TOKYO--Though Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai didn't make any major announcements during his 2009 Tokyo Game Show address on Thursday, his company did…in the UK. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe revealed three 250GB bundles and a Britain-only PSP Go Rewards free-game download program.
After the UK announcements, Sony held its own event at TGS to unveil some Japan-specific initiatives. On the PlayStation 3 side, Sony laid out the details for the Final Fantasy XIII PS3 bundle. The Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Edition will include the game and a 250GB ceramic-white PS3 with a graphic of protagonist Lightning printed on the top (pictured). The bundle, priced at ¥41,600 ($461.76), will be released on FFXIII's launch date of December 17 in Japan.
The PlayStation 3 will also be getting more color options when it comes to the DualShock 3. In addition to the currently available colors--black, ceramic white, and satin silver--the company will begin offering the wireless controllers in two new hues: metallic blue and deep red. The new colors will be available in Japan starting October 29 for ¥5,500 ($61.05).
With the network-focused PSP Go's launch looming, Sony is prepping up its online content. First, Sony also took the TGS as an opportunity to announce RooM, an online community for the PSP. After a system update coming this winter in Japan, PSP owners will see a new "RooM for PlayStation Portable" icon on their PSP menus that will allow them to enjoy this new free online service. Users will be able to create their own 3D avatars and rooms, post blogs, and create albums to communicate with other PSP users. Users will be able to visit each other's rooms, as well as congregate and chat in groups. A closed beta test will begin starting today, September 24.
Sony is also bulking up the PS3 and PSP offerings on the Japanese PlayStation Store. The company is expanding its PlayStation Store video lineup to feature over 300 new titles, which include Terminator: Salvation and Harry Potter series selections. The full lineup hasn't been disclosed yet, but participating companies include Warner Entertainment Japan, Aniplex, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Bandai Visual, Pony Canyon, Marvelous Entertainment, and Media Factory. Music videos from Label Gate Co. will also be offered.
As announced at GamesCom in August, Sony will also offer digital comics downloads for the PSP starting in December. The comics will be available for download in the new "Comics" category within the PlayStation Store. The service will feature comics from a number of major publishers, including Shonen Jump's Shueisha, Shonen Sunday's Shogakukan, Shonen Magazine's Kodansha, and as somewhat expected, Square Enix. Some of the titles to be available in the lineup are Neon Genesis Evangelion, Lucky Star, Dragon Ball, One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Soul Eater.
you could have bought it on playasia.com they can get any video game that releases in japan before here just sometimes no subtitles obviously but I bought my white ps3 and it is sick so this might just be awesome ^^
damn i bought a new 250gig ps3 just last months i should have waited 1 more months and buy this bundle bah i will try to import it anyway
Hm, there's a pink blur on your PS3, maybe you should clean it? And not eat over your console again?
I don't realy care much about the color I still wanna get it. I have an 80 gig ps3 so i'll be upgrading and i'll be getinng FF XIII with the bundle so I see it as a win win.
I'll probably going to be labelled as a feminist for saying this, but it's about time that there's a female main protagonist in Final Fantasy. There hasn't been one since Final Fantasy VI. X-2 doesn't count!
male or female, im pretty sure everyone or most are in it for a good story line and gameplay. You would rather be watching a male haha
I wonder if anyone has realized it yet... XIII is marketed towards females. Somewhere along the line they realized X2 and their female audience earned more money and thus are pushing it further. It sucks for the dudes who only like playing dudes, we are going to see a much more female focused Final Fantasy direction as time goes on.
WOW awesome..NOT. cmon sony, a white and pink console for hardcore gamers? just give us a silver one and we'll be happy pl0x
thats sexy. would be worth getting when i get another hdtv. but i prolly wont buy another ps3 untill they are 199 or if my 60 gig dies
I get a thumbs down for my last comment? I mean come on it's a bit obvious from my username that I'd want this sort of thing. It's just under £290, of which I could: a) Pay off some of my car insurance b) pay off some of my student loan or c) use the money to book next year's Download 2010 metal music festival, camping and lots of alcohol.
white does make the slim look all the sweeter! i wonder if there will be a ffv13 noctis ps3, that would be bad azz
If the items for sale at PSN is free, (w/ some exclusive content that aren't) Sony is giving people more reasons to get a PS3
Haha, we allready get metallic blue and Deep Red dualshock 3 in the US. Gamestop allready has them on sale, i dunno who else though, but they are 55 here and 61 in Japan, so it's not all bad for us :D but that is still a really expensive controller
Already own a 360 and Wii and waiting to get a PS3 down the line, pending the job market. I hope this PS3 comes to the US and if its not too expensive, I might pick it up. Pink graphic or not, I think it looks pretty cool.
The 250GB is nice, but what is with the pink graphic? The black is more appropriate for the home theater and stereo cabinet where the machine will likely be placed. What about a DVR function to take advantage of the 250GB space? Now that would be a great feature.
@Rev8691 I didn't buy it for a PS2 I bought it because my PS2 broke right before PS3 came out I have 12 PS3 games and 15 PS2 games I play PS3 games I love them and I love all the features that the PS3 has (I have a 320GB HDD and a 1TB external) I'm just saying at the launch of the PS3 if it didn't have full BC like it did I more than likely would've saved my money and bought a PS2. Which means the PS2 included sealed the deal. I'm not alone every I know with a 60GB PS3 did the same...
...and I thought the Comics have failed, until Shonen Jump came to the rescue!!!!!! Well, at least FFXIII looks SSA!!!! Luckily, I haven't bought a PS3 Slim Yet!
I think that Sony puts these out in Japan only for a few reasons. (1) They are a Japanese Company, so they save on shipping to other countries (2) These series are more popular in Japan, which will trigger better sales (3) It's easier to manufacture 600,000 of these PS3's for Japan, then to manufacture 3 million for US/Canada/UK. Those are just guestimations, but the point is that there is a smaller population in Japan that is easier to meet demand. At least that's my assumption. ------------------------------- I would really like a White PS3, though. I like how it looks, even without the graphic. _
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